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Double Cross ( FBI: Houston #2 )

DiAnn Mills
Double Cross ( FBI: Houston #2 )

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... Read More


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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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 1, 2015
  • UPC: 9781414389943
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Publish Date: Apr 1, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC027110"
  • ISBN: 1414389949

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Double Cross is Fast Pace by Robin on 7/26/2015
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Double Cross
by: DiAnn Mills

Book Summary: 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.

Review: Unlike my usual method I bought this as an audiobook and found the person reading the story to be so real that I forgot this along the way. This was a past paced mystery with so much going on that I really liked the pace. Many times my heart was beating so fast due to all the events going on. I really liked Lauren, Daniel and Morton. I too was flipping a coin page by page as to whether Morton was sincere or was he acting. That kept the pressure on throughout the story. I wanted Morton to have changed so bad. The ending was a bang! Literally although not so surprising. I thought like the first story that the end would have a twist, but it is hard to pull that twice in a row. While a full stand alone the first book in the series was competition and this story paced the first one decently. I did find this story to be a little unrealistic, although it does seem like today life is imitating art way too much. This is one book that was unabashedly Christian and not preachy just was always present. I really liked that a lot. Some books are becoming less Christ centered. Which is not a sole requirement. But this was refreshing to read.

Dignity, Forgiveness and Thrilling Suspense! by Jeanie on 7/19/2015
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‘Double Cross’ is the second novel in DiAnn Mills’ FBI: Houston series and can be read as a stand-alone. The thrill of her books is amazing; each novel is better than the previous. ’Double Cross’ is no exception; this reader was immediately drawn into the story. Five years ago, FBI agent Laurel Evertson was working undercover to help the Bureau capture her “fiancé” Morton Wilmington; when he was seconds from arrest, he killed her partner and threatened her life, should he be released.

Laurel now worked behind a desk investigating ‘white-collar’ crimes such as fraud and senior scams. When she recognized an encryption as a unique sequence used in Wilmington’s former team and she translated the emails, it seemed she couldn’t escape the past. Was Wilmington running scams from behind bars? The only option would be for an agent to interview him. Laurel did not believe the reports of his new faith in Christ as his Savior; she was cynical of anyone who claimed jailhouse spirituality, but particularly Wilmington, in view of his planning an appeal.

Police Officer Daniel Hilton becomes part of the case when his grandparents, who spent their daytime hours at a memory care facility, were victims of a life insurance scam. Fifty thousand dollars poorer, his grandfather, Earl, had little memory of the incident; neither did others in the facility who were targeted. His grandmother, Abby, could help, as she spent daytimes there with her husband and volunteered. The night before going to the FBI to report the crime, one of the purchasers of the ‘policies’ died suddenly who had been healthy other than having Alzheimer’s. Daniel, concerned for his grandparents’ safety, wanted more information sharing between the Houston PD and FBI offices.

Abby’s physical health was failing, and she wanted her family settled when the Lord called her home. Unbeknownst to Earl or Daniel, Abby offered to go “undercover” for the FBI, for the most part simply calling Laurel if she saw or heard anything suspicious at the facility. Abby and Laurel forged an unlikely friendship, demonstrating that it is priceless for older to teach younger women by showing rather than preaching – especially if the younger woman is unaware of her desperate need for loving mentorship.

The characters are fully developed and fully believable. Laurel, a compassionated and intelligent woman; Daniel, a loving grandson and responsible police officer; Abby, a woman of faith who still needed to feel useful; Earl, a man of faith who knows he has Alzheimer’s. Several things impressed me through these characters. One is the faith that Daniel and his grandparents lived out every day. Equally significant, DiAnn Mills paints a portrait of those with various types of dementia and their families. Earl had said about the scam and getting the bad guys that ‘human dignity is involved here’. Laurel was greatly impacted by that statement, and determined to help them and others who were taken advantage of because of their age or their health – in this case, people with memory loss as inherent in those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. DiAnn Mills, thank you for the dignity that you give the men and women in this book and by extension, our family members, loved ones, and patients/ clients. Through their story, we understand a little better the frustration of those suffering these diseases and how terrible it is for anyone to steal from those losing their understanding.

This author is one of only a few women who write Christian law enforcement thrillers that sizzle with taut suspense and are peopled with intelligent women who female – and male – readers appreciate. Her characters and plot are delivered with excellence and faith. I was unaware of the depth of organization that these thieves actually have and the lengths they go to in an effort to not be caught. Whether or not Wilmington is the man he says he is now is a gamble; is it worth the potential liability to release him even on a trial basis to get the bad guys? And Laurel; can she believe in the Lord? The conflict of faith is more than worth the read. The ever-growing suspense, plot twists and turns are the dessert. I highly recommend ‘Double Cross’ to those who appreciate thrilling suspense that is Christ-centered, and those who are open to growth opportunities presented through fiction.

With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

Crime Lords, FBI, Subterfuge, Scams... by Babbling Becky L. on 5/22/2015
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Diann Mills immediately draws the reader into her world of excitement, crime lords, the FBI and subterfuge. Given that Laurel Everton has worked undercover to put Morton Wilmington in prison, imagine her surprise when her FBI bosses pair her with Wilmington,who supposedly has had a prison conversion. Will she be safe working with Wilmington, or is he out for the ultimate revenge? Is he behind the scams on the elderly, including HPD Daniel Hilton's grandparents?Who to trust, and who to trust with her heart?

Race-car fast paced action,enough twists and turns to satisfy mental roller coaster riders, and an emphasis on trusting God. My kind of story.

So many good quotes. Here are a few. "God works in mysterious ways we'll never understand." "I'm not on His dance card." "Yes, you are. All He wants is the opportunity to lead."

About finding your value in life and following His will, whether it makes sense to others or not:"My significance is in being available for whatever's needed."..."When you realize the life forward means more to God than the past, then what you do doesn't have to make sense." Good for those who can't forgive themselves or others for the past. Our God is more concerned about which direction we're headed, then where we've been.

Excellent, exciting book. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

Going Undercover with the FBI by tickmenot on 5/15/2015
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Morton Wilmington, former crime boss, has become a born again Christian while serving a jail sentence. Or so he claims. He contacts the government about doing an undercover operation to expose his former partners in crime. He states he is doing this because of his new-found religious beliefs.

A change of heart?

To help him pull off this plan, he requests the help of FBI agent Laurel Evertson. She was the agent responsible for putting him in jail in the first place. Laurel had pretended to be in love with Morton so she could get close enough to him to get evidence to convict him. Although this was just an act for Laurel, Morton really had fallen in love with her.

Morton, with the help of the FBI, concoct an elaborate hoax which includes Laurel reprising the role of his fiancé, and convincing the crime world that she has walked away from her FBI position out of love for him. Atheist Laurel, in fact, detests Morton, doubts his religious conversion or his sincerity to really rat out his former crime buddies. But she agrees to be part of the plan in order to stop a crime ring that has been scamming the elderly, and perhaps catch Morton doing something illegal once more.

Policeman Daniel Hilton inadvertently becomes involved in the sting operation when his grandparents who raised him become victims of the scam. Although Laurel isn't thrilled to have him included, he works his way into the investigation. His spunky, out-spoken Christian grandmother and Alzheimer suffering grandfather are also part of the story-line.

A double double-cross?

This book has lots of twists and turns along with many likable characters. Laurel and Daniel often wonder whether or not Morton truly has turned his back on crime, and if they can trust him when situations get dangerous. When things start getting really harrowing they begin to speculate if their FBI connection is really looking out for them.

Will Laurel and Daniel be able to work with Morton without losing their lives? Has Morton really turned over a new leaf, or is he just using them to pull off an even bigger heist, and disappear--incriminating them in the bargain? And will Daniel's grandparents suffer a fatal "accident" the way other senior citizens have who have been part of the scam? Find the answer to all these questions and more in this page turning tale.

I enjoyed this book which is the second in a series, but this story stands alone. I was disappointed that one of the main characters is eliminated so won't be part of the series going forward. This 5-star book has a strong Christian message that was easily woven into this work. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys fast moving thrillers with a dash of romance that is all kept squeaky clean.

Thank you Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. Despite my receiving this book free, it has not influenced my judgment.


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