Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #3
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
FBI Agent Alex Troutt has no intentions of falling for anything. Apparently, neither do the bad guys, as the Boston area is once again targeted by extremists. Boston Strong of just a few years ago is now Boston on Edge. And this time, the targets are men of the cloth—priests.
At least that’s how it looks at first.
As investigators struggle to make sense of the bombings, Alex is thrown for a loop when the FBI assistant director asks her to investigate one of their own—a colleague and friend who is suspected of having ties to a known terrorist. Torn between her values of friendship and the oath she gave when she accepted her FBI credentials, Alex must now lead two investigations simultaneously.
The bombings don’t stop, and panic sets in as the carnage spreads beyond the realm of the original targets.
Bloody Sunday. The IRA. The movement toward peace. Wounds of decades ago have reopened, bleeding all over Boston. As she pieces together the puzzle, Alex begins to wonder just how innocent her colleague really is. It’s almost too much for her to fathom.
Just how far will someone go to make a stand?
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Alex Troutt is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. Tough, without being too militant, maternal without being too soft and refreshingly intelligent for a female protagonist, Mefford has created a female lead that many women readers will identify with – particularly as Alex struggles to achieve some sort of work-life balance.
Although this book can be read as a stand-alone story, I recommend reading the first Alex Troutt thrillers because Mefford cleverly builds the story and reweaves echoes of the previous cases and characters as he goes along.
At Once is, like the previous novels, a roller-coaster of a ride with enough twists and shocks to keep the reader’s interest. It is extremely difficult to predict what is coming next which only adds to the fun. There is enough horror to keep you on the edge of your seat and Mefford obviously knows his police procedure because you are drawn into Alex’s world and get to know the members of her team.
Without giving too much away, this case is about a terrorist cell leading a bombing campaign – with a possible connection right at the very heart of Alex’s work life – and she is forced to investigate someone she has long considered to be an ally and friend. It’s also a race against time to stop the terrorists fulfilling a very bloody and dangerous goal.
AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #1)
Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so good. Until it was all gone in an instant.
As she begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, what she finds isn’t sweet or charming or even pleasant. And that’s when she begins to question everything, including herself.
Her work as a Special Agent for the FBI is only a distraction, serving as a mental metronome…anything to crank the gears of her feeble mind.
And then it happens—a bizarre, ritualistic murder. She loses herself in her work, fully immersed in the investigation. Unable to recall even her own kids, she’s somehow able to formulate coherent theories on what type of person could pull off such a sickening act.
As her mind slowly plugs a few memory gaps, her emotions are scrambled by the reality of her worlds colliding. And the resulting explosion tears her in two.
Can she pick up all the incendiary fragments to solve the twisted crime while she clings to some semblance of sanity?
One woman can only keep so much…AT Bay.
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AT Large (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #2)
The pursuit of the truth. The hunt for a life.
For the first time in months, FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt feels almost normal, hanging out at a local bar with friends after work. Not long into the evening, she stumbles over one of the most disturbing images she has ever seen.
And that’s only the beginning.
A body is found in Lowell, the human damage, once again, inconceivable. Hours later, another strike. Pushing heartache aside, Alex immerses herself in the investigation. But with every new clue comes a new twist.
With the killing spree drawing the attention of every intelligence and law enforcement agency in a five-state radius, Alex is forced to partner with an egomaniac from the CIA. Yet, even with limitless resources, every step forward proves to be a step too late, the kill list seemingly endless.
Once the killer makes it personal, Alex is left with no other option—she must confront the person who destroyed her life to try to cease the vicious murders. And when she finally learns the killer’s end game, every second counts if she has any hope of stopping the brutal killings.
The hunt will end. Will Alex?
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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behaviour, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the workforce twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.
John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.
When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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