Dangerous Passage: A Novel (Southern Crimes)

by Lisa Harris

Paperback, 2013



Call number



Revell (2013), 318 pages


Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. For Avery North, it's a race against time to stop a serial killer before another Jane Doe is murderedâ??and falling in love with a handsome medical examiner is not part of the pl


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Physical description

318 p.; 8.5 inches


080072190X / 9780800721909

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LibraryThing member mbarkman
From the first page, where Detective Avery North heads to the spa to relax after a busy working weekend to the last page I was pulled into a fast paced novel of intrigue, suspense and romance. Adrenaline racing type of fast paced, and I loved every minute. Avery (besides sharing the name of a
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favorite girl of mine) is dedicated, compassionate and very fervent in trying to find a balance between her family and her work to find justice. Jackson is equally determined to help. As we become more away of the horrible human trafficking going on, will we become complacent or more willing to at least consider the truth of it being there.
In this crazy world where we are constantly bombarded with demands how do we find a balance between what needs to be done and our sanity? Is there a balance and can I find it? Yes, I find it by carving out a few minutes here and there to be transported to someone else's hectic life. And Lisa does a great job of lifting me out of my humdrum daily chores to a place where I can become aware of the things others face on a regular basis.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
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LibraryThing member Glenajo
Complex Characters with story that will keep you guessing

Unlike a simple romance, the characters in Dangerous Passage are not young and flighty. Widowed, with a teenage daughter, Detective North deals with her grief, teen angst, and a new relationship. These relationships make the story more
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complex and interesting, then the murder mystery becomes more than a simple murder mystery. The suspense level is low, but the mystery complexity is high enough to make up for it. The focus of the book is on a crime that is growing across the world, human trafficking. This book has a strong Christian aspect.

I recommend this book to lovers of good clean police mysteries, with a nice romance along side.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris is By The Book’s March selection and is just the type of novel my book club loves — a romantic suspense set just up the road from us in Atlanta. We will discuss this on Friday night. Have you read it? Let us know what you think.

Avery North is a police detective
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with a lot on her plate. A widow raising a preteen daughter and investigating her brother’s murder in her off hours, Avery has a lot to balance. Now her days are filled with another murder investigation and the attentions of medical examiner Jackson Bryant. Add to that some troubling information about human trafficking and family drama, and you get a complex, interesting and endearing character. Dangerous Passage is fast-paced, challenging the reader to keep up with the twists and turns of the case and Avery’s life. And not all of the mysteries are resolved, making this reader eager for book 2, Fatal Exchange.

Fans of Terri Blackstock or DiAnn Mills will like Harris’ style. Although the plot is strong, this novel’s strength is its characterizations. The reader comes to care about her characters just as much as wanting to find out just whodunit. I am looking forward to the thoughts of my group on this one. I, for one, enjoyed it.

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LibraryThing member vcg610
Dangerous Passage is a Romance Suspense novel with a refreshingly Christian world view. Avery North is a young single mother who also is a detective in the Atlanta police department. Her marriage to a fellow police officer ended abruptly when he was killed on the job several years earlier. She is
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torn between getting back into the dating world and the strong feeling that she has way too much on her plate already without dealing with that distraction. However, the "distraction" is Jackson Bryant, the medical examiner, and it appears that they will be working a case together.

A second young Asian girl's body has been discovered in a back alley in an aging neighborhood in Atlanta. There is no ID on the girl, but she shares a mysterious tattoo with a previous victim. Could there be another connection? Could a serial killer be targeting these girls? But why would Avery and her family be threatened as well? The investigation must be onto something big, but what exactly is it?

Before long, a number of clues develop and some seem contradictory. An autopsy reveals a strong clue that the second girl may not be who she has been assumed to be, and the likely suspect is looking more unlikely every day. This may be more than murder, perhaps it is evidence that human trafficking is much closer to home than Avery would have ever suspected.

Lisa Harris has written multiple books, winning the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel Award for 2011 from Romantic Times. She and her family have served as missionaries in Africa where she has seen how much difference one can make in the lives of others by stepping out of one's comfort zone and getting involved with those who aren't able to help themselves. This is the first in her Southern Crimes series. the second is Fatal Exchange.

I received an e-book version of Dangerous Passage from BookShout in exchange for a review.
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LibraryThing member Karin7
3. 5 stars, but chose to round it off to 4.
Torn from a well earned day off, Avery North is called to investigate what may be the second in a serial killing. She and medical examiner Jackson Bryant work to solve this mystery, which brings them into the dark world of human trafficking, and being a
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romantic suspense novel, naturally it is rife with emotional tugs in many directions.

Not my usual sort of read, but I have been in a slump and decided to google Christian award winning books. This was nominated for a Christy award, and was more intense and on the edge of your seat than I'd anticipated from Christian novels. I liked the second one a bit better, and will do a review as well (short to save my thumbs).
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LibraryThing member laura.w.douglas
Not the worst book I read, but not the best. I was actually going to stop at page 114, but I needed a distraction, so I started reading again.

It's a slow read. By that I mean it slowly gets to the point, the points aren't all connected, and I wasn't invested in the characters.

I've never read a
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murder mystery novel in which the characters actively prayed to God. The story was set in Georgia, but I've never encountered officers who were so devout in their beliefs.

Oh, this book must be part of s series because it started in the middle of a murder investigation; one that wasn't solved at the end of the book. If it is part of a series, I'm sure I will not read the others.
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LibraryThing member funstm
I'm not remotely religious so this was never going to be a total win for me. But I read a bit of everything and if it sounds good I'm willing to give it a shot. That being said I do usually find Christian fiction a little preachy - it's just so wholesome - but then it's also precisely what you
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would expect a Christian book to be - so I shouldn't rate it down but I kind of do. So Lisa Harris - it's not you, it's me.

This was an enjoyable read. I liked the crimes and how they all connected. The characters were likeable. Avery was a very strong, resilient woman and I felt I got to know a bit about all of her family. It was clear they were close and loved one another very much. It was kind of a depressing book though - there is a lot of death and the grief that inevitably follows. That made it hard in places. But I liked it enough and am intrigued enough that I'll pick up the sequel.
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