FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.
Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.
As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.
The second in the FBI: Houston series revolves around a case where dementia patients are being scammed into taking out life insurance policies and then having their bank accounts raided for large sums of money. By the time family members discover that a crime has been committed the scammers are long gone. Felon Morton Wilmington believes he knows who’s behind the criminal enterprise, but can anyone trust him? Is he behind the attacks on Laurel, Daniel and Daniel’s grandparents, or is he also a target?
Both Lauren and Daniel had rough childhoods and were raised by people other than their parents. Their tough exteriors hide vulnerabilities. I felt Daniel was too close to the situation: his determination to protect his grandparents sometimes preempted common sense.
Double Cross is high octane drama. As the danger increases, Laurel and Daniel never know when they’re followed or when the bullets might start flying. Neither trust Wilmington. The reader doesn’t know whether they can either, especially since there’s nothing from Wilmington’s perspective. He talks a lot about his recently found faith, but is it genuine or another con? Just when I thought I had the mystery solved I discovered I was wrong! This is a plot that really does keep you guessing until the end.
Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network for my complimentary review copy of Double Cross, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: 20 March 2015
Page Count: 400