by Irene Hannon has action, mystery, suspense, and some romance.
Politics, money, and greed come together to show how power
can corrupt. This finale in the series brings back a secondary
character from the previous books and introduces a new one.
Hannon explains the series name and motto for each book. “I
called it the ‘Code of Honor’ series because it
fits the series books, storylines, and characters. In each
book, the main characters had come from a dysfunctional background.
All of those three became friends and are called the Treehouse
Gang. As they bonded together, they formed their own little
family. When they were young, they all agreed to do something
to make the world a better place as they grew older. Rick
fulfilled that vow by serving in the military and helping
young children in foster care to get a better start in life.
The ‘Justice First’ motto comes from the private
investigation firm that has two former detectives, a Secret
Service Agent, and a DEA agent. This four-person firm has
a desire to make sure justice is served. They do not take
on clients that are underhanded. The jobs they do take are
above board, and they make sure the clients are not trying
to serve their own purpose.”
The book begins with former army captain Rick Jordan finding
at his camp for foster children, in rural Missouri, some blood
in the snow. Investigating further, he recognizes a good luck
charm of his army buddy Jackson “Boomer” Dunn.
Believing Dunn is in trouble, he hires the private investigation
firm Phoenix Inc. to help find his buddy. Assigned to the
case is former police detective, Heather Shields, the latest
partner of the firm. After finding Boomer dead and those who
knew him dying under suspicious circumstances, Shields believes
the investigation has turned from finding a missing person
to finding who murdered Dunn. With the violence increasing,
Shields and Jordan must find the killer before they are harmed.
“I wrote Rick as an ex-Army Night Stalker who learned
to fly helicopters while in the military. He is smart, brave,
and puts others welfare above his own. Now in his mid-thirties,
he runs a camp for foster children. Rick has a strong sense
of giving back. He is conscientious, gracious, courteous,
and modest. Heather is also very diligent. She left police
work after a traumatic experience. She is committed, persistent,
intelligent, brave, caring, and courageous.”
Known for writing great romantic suspense novels, Hannon does
not disappoint in this novel. What drives this character driven
story is the connection and chemistry between the hero and
heroine. As the pages are turned, so is the tension that ratchets