Credible Threat

Credible Threat

Large Print - 2020
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"Years after her son's fatal overdose, grieving mother Rachel Higgins learns that his addiction may have grown out of damage suffered at the hands of a pedophile priest while he was in high school. Looking for vengeance, she targets the Catholic Church's most visible local figure, Archbishop Francis Gillespie. When the archbishop begins receiving anonymous threats, local police dismiss them, saying they're not credible. So he turns to his friends, Ali Reynolds and her husband, B. Simpson. With B. out of the country on a cybersecurity emergency, it's up to Ali to track down the source of the threats. When a shooter assassinates the archbishop's driver and leaves the priest himself severely injured, Ali forms an uneasy alliance with a Phoenix homicide cop in hopes of preventing another attack. But Ali doesn't realize that the killer has become not only more unhinged but also more determined to take out his or her target."--
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Company, ©2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432876555
Characteristics: 527 pages ;,23 cm.

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Eil_1
Jan 09, 2021

A woman fueled by a need for revenge for the death of her son. This leads her to rash acts of violence that lead nowhere. There was a bit of repetitive writing that resulted in the novel being longer than necessary.

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js7496
Nov 28, 2020

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Zoelexi777
Nov 20, 2020

I enjoy all J.A. Jance books and this one is no exception. I found it to be an easy, fast read.

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DT_kcls
Sep 06, 2020

There are some authors whose book I will read with nothing more than their name on the front cover. J.A. Jance is one of those authors. Yes, I have favorite characters of hers and some not so favorite. Nevertheless.

So, when I picked up 'Credible Threat' yesterday and perused the inside flap, I was dismayed about the subject matter and how it would be presented. Actually, my first thought was 'Oh, crap, another bashing of the Catholic Church' over our priest scandals.

I was wrong. Jance handled a difficult subject matter with a gentle kindness and respect for the anguish and pain it still causes for all parties and that many of us not involved carry with, and for, our beloved Church.

'Credible Threat' is about that anguish carried to its extreme.

Ali Reynolds faces some legal and moral dilemma's in 'Credible Threat'. Even the Archbishop smiles wryly when he figures out how she intends to wriggle around it.

The ending of 'Credible Threat' came as a surprise to me, but as I thought about it, it's the perfect ending for such a horrible subject and the point of our Faith (and faith).

The 336 pages of 'Credible Threat' flew by for me in under 3 hours. I barely remember the plot of the previous Ali Reynolds book, 'The A List', which still has in her a funk, but I will remember this one.

My one niggle is the writing about the Mass. We Catholics have two readings, separated by a Responsorial Psalm before the Gospel which is then followed by the homily. All three of the songs mentioned as sung at the Mass are lovely Christian songs, however none are Catholic songs and probably would not be sung at Mass, especially at one for this particular victim, especially not in the Cathedral. We usually say the St Michael's prayer as a congregation after Mass has ended.

4.25 stars.

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kozykettle
Aug 29, 2020

Really love J.A. Jance but this one was hard to get interested in and even harder to want to finish. Not one of her best.

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bookie66
Aug 24, 2020

I could not connect with this story. The characters and story line seemed to be in fragmented segments. This is the first Ali Reynolds that I'm returned without finishing.

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Jenkskitten
Jul 07, 2020

There is a difference in this Jance's murder mystery. She follows her true form of setting up the characters with just enough detail to enhance the story. Really like the ending of this one. Think this is my second favorite of all her Ali Reynolds series.

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brangwinn
Jun 14, 2020

As usual, Jance delivers in this latest Ali Reynolds mystery. Up to this book, I was beginning to think that Jance was depending too much on violence to motivate readers. I was glad to see this mystery concerning death threats to the Phoenix Catholic archbishop returning to more thinking than blood. I love the AI Frigg and seeing how Frigg’s abilities continue to be an important part of an investigation. If you haven’t read previous books in this series, this can be read as a stand-alone, but having the background from previous books makes it much more enjoyable.

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