Title: The Eyes of Justice: A Triple Threat Novel
Authors: Lis Wiehl with April Henry
Published by Thomas Nelson, 2012
320 pages; Reviewed: Kindle Edition
This is the fourth book in the Triple Threat series. The “Triple Threat Club” consists of Allison, a federal prosecutor; Nicole, an FBI special agent; and Cassidy, a crime reporter for Channel 4 news. All three women live in Portland, OR. They knew each other only a little, in high school, but when they met again at their tenth high school reunion, they realized that their respective careers were related. From there they began to work on cases together, whenever possible and in time became good friends. In Face of Betrayal, the first book in the series, because of their work together and in honor of a favorite dessert they sometimes shared among themselves, the three women dubbed themselves “The Triple Threat.”
The publisher’s blurb about The Eyes of Justice tells that one of the three woman is killed, in this fourth novel. But how can we have a “Triple Threat” with only two women?
Two of the three women discover their friend’s body in her own residence, hidden in a gruesome manner, leaving homicide the only possibility. But both are warned, repeatedly, by their respective employers and by Portland police, that they must stay out of the investigation. Right.
The remaining two friends quickly begin to realize that the same killer is targeting them, as well—and it appears more and more likely that he will succeed. Indeed, before the killer has been identified, he has made attempts on both of the remaining friends’ lives, killing yet another woman in a mistaken identity, and sending one into hiding and a changed appearance. The other stays temporarily with a friend, but continues working to identify the killer—and stop him.
Enter Ophelia, a new character with a different set of skills and a different way of working. Introduced as “a little odd, a little intense,” she is brought in to help in the unapproved investigation. Just as she discovers the killer’s identity, he bursts into her own house, where one of the women is staying, setting into motion the actions that form the climax and the denoument of the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Eyes of Justice—if enjoyed is the best word, here—and, until I reached the final pages, would have given it five Stars. However, it left me with unanswered questions and seemed to suggest that, possibly, the Triple Threat Club could continue with a new third member and her different set of skills. While the book is billed as the final novel in the series, it simply did not end as I would expect a series to end, with no loose ends, no glaring questions. Still, I do highly recommend the book, particularly for anyone who has read any or all of the previous Triple Threat novels, or for anyone who likes a good thriller.
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