Former police officer, Janice Cantore, debuts with he first Pacific Coast Justice novel, Accused, available now from Tyndale House.
Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile-where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting-and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.
Carly's ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He's determined to show Carly that he's a changed man and win her back, but she isn't convinced he won't betray her again.As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.
Enjoy meeting Carly!
Carly is athletic, she’s a swimmer, with auburn hair and brown eyes, five foot seven about 115 pounds. Her hair is kept short normally, but it’s a bit on the long side in Accused.
I like Stana Katic from Castle, I think she’d make a good Carly
Strengths and weaknesses
Impatience is her main weakness, she often acts rashly. Loyalty and tenacity are her strengths. She doesn’t give up when she’s on the scent.
Quirk (if any)
Carly talks to her dog when she’s agitated about something.
Your inspiration for the character
Carly is a composite of women I worked with and around. Women who were great the job, quick on their feet and sharp to size situations up.
Background to the story
If you mean where I got the idea for the story, I was working as a juvenile detective when a kid was brought in who was accused of committing a particularly gruesome crime. I remember looking at him and thinking, what if he didn’t do it? As I played the “what if” game a little longer, I decided it would be a twist to have the cop fighting to prove the crook was innocent, then finding her own life in jeopardy, and that is how the story began.