Tactical Crime Division # 1
BY Carla Cassidy
April 1, 2020/ ISBN 9781335136398
Romance / Mystery
by Elise Cooper
by Carla Cassidy is the first in a series of four books. The
books are an anthology of sorts, but instead of having short
stories in one book, each plot has its own novel. Basically,
the four different authors were provided by the publisher, an
over-reaching arc that included a unit of the FBI, The Tactical
Crime Division, TCD, and the four heroes and heroines.
“My heroine Annalise is protective, strong, stands on
her own, brave, and bright. She had to overcome the feeling
that Evan tries to control her, and she feels a loss of self.
He is a bit macho, but he controlled her out of fear and danger.
He overcompensated because he could not save his sister Maria.
I hope nobody thought of him as an abuser. When she decided
to leave him, he did not pursue her, but let her go. Evan is
calm and calculating, traits needed in his job. While on the
job, he is a very good listener. He is very passionate about
In this story, the hero is an FBI hostage negotiator, Evan Duran,
and the heroine is a school teacher, Annalise Taylor. They were
lovers and were set to get married until she left him three
years ago. Now, under dire circumstances, they are reunited,
after the Brotherhood of Jacob cult takes four children and
Annalise hostage. Evan must use all his wits to rescue the children
and the woman he still loves.
“I wanted to show how the three-year separation helped
Annalise grow as a person to become stronger, independent, and
courageous. The person she is today. Since they both still love
each other and overcame the hurt and other issues, they were
able to reconnect. She told him he handled the relationship
like one of his hostage negotiations. She wanted real emotions
and to allow her into his life.”
Another subplot involves a cult where the author wrote, “the
hostage-takers as part of a cult, Brotherhood of Jacob, led
by Jacob Noble. He was obsessed with being in charge and blamed
society for letting him down. Jacob felt wronged by society,
but with the cult, he was able to control people and felt a
sense of power. Both he and his wife Gretchen were narcissists,
had anger issues, agitated, volatile, and thrived on chaos.”
This novel shows how important it is to have those in the FBI
using their skills for protecting Americans.