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Sacrifice (Detective Madison Knight Series)

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There are two things detective Madison Knight isn’t good at: diplomacy and politics. And she’ll need to balance both to solve the murder of a young man whose father has a strong alliance with the local police chief. She may even have to put her career on the line…

$3.99 USD e-book

4-half-Stars-for-Books-Small Rating 4.5 stars*

Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Detective Madison Knight Series, Book 3
Genres: Hard-Boiled, Mystery, Detective, Police Procedural
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2012
Length: 370 pages

Print ISBNs: 978-1-988064-31-4, 978-1-988064-14-7

Book Overview for Sacrifice

Finding justice comes at a high price…

When a young man washes up on the shore of the Bradshaw River, Detective Madison Knight and her partner are called in to investigate. But the case takes a complicated turn when he’s identified as the son of local business tycoon Marcus Randall. As one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the city, he has a lot of connections, and one of them just so happens to be the Stiles PD police chief.

Madison and Chief McAlexandar have butted heads before, but with this case, her drive and determination to find the truth just might cost her the job she worked so hard to get. She’s got her eye on Randall, despite the chief’s protests of the man’s innocence, and she’s not the only one. The Secret Service is after him for suspicion of fraud and counterfeiting, and they want Madison’s full cooperation to aid their investigation.

Stuck between the chief and one of the most powerful men in Stiles isn’t the ideal place to be, but if Madison’s going to find justice, she has no choice but to risk it all.

Testimonials & Reviews for Ties that Bind Sacrifice

“I hadn’t read a Madison Knight novel, so I wasn’t sure if I would miss anything, but my concerns were unfounded. “Sacrifice” read as a standalone with enough information that I felt as though I knew Madison Knight personally, without all the unnecessary “information dump” that some authors feel they need to share.

“The mystery was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. Every time I thought I knew “whodunit”, a new clue would arise which would make me doubt my investigative abilities. Though I love an unpredictable story, I hate when writers resort to trickery to conceal the suspect. Arnold’s style of writing was spot-on, revealing clues as her protagonist discovered them, making me feel as if I were part of the story in search of the murderer.

“One of my favorite things about Carolyn’s writing was that she described the details of the homicide and gave me a behind-the-scenes look at a detective’s life without resorting to graphic or vulgar writing. Kudos, Carolyn Arnold, I look forward to reading your next novel.”
—Carmen DeSousa, Author of She Belongs to Me

“Arnold weaves an intricate story line with a cast of memorable characters and leaves the reader eager Arnold weaves an intricate story line with a cast of memorable characters and leaves the reader eager to turn the page…”
—Richard C Hale, Author of Frozen Past

“A hard-edged and entertaining trip into the life and mind of a tough female cop, Madison Knight… It’s a fast-paced, fun and absorbing ride…filled with exciting twists and turns, nail-biting drama and suspense… Excellently written by an author who clearly has perfected this genre.”
—Katie Jennings, Author of So Fell the Sparrow

“A suspenseful story involving greed, vengeance and revenge and someone who paid the ultimate price for all of the above. It is a page turner.”
—Karen Vaughan, Author of Dead Comic Standing

“Arnold delivers a solid, page-turning tale… The story opens right in the middle of the action and keeps you guessing right up to the end… Crime fiction that entertains you and makes you think.”
—Ann Swann, Author of The Phantom Series

“Engaging characters, clever plot, and realistic dialogue. Arnold captures her audience from the get-go and doesn’t let go until the very last page has been turned. Once again, her sharp, insightful protagonist, Madison Knight, comes to life—to kick some ass and take some names. Sacrifice is an intense, thrilling page turner sure to satisfy any fan of the genre.”
—Rosa St.Claire, Book Critic

“I continue to be surprised at her incredible attention to detail in the “cop” world. Starting with the interpersonal relationships between partners, then dealing with the public and media and Police Department’s Administrative bungling. Arnold masterfully portrays how more often than not solving a case in the real world is an incredible act of determination and stubbornness on the part of the detectives. Although Knight is a fictional character, the situations portrayed in “Sacrifice” are painfully real. Arnold then turns her critical eye to the evidence. The techniques and markers mentioned in the novel are also true to life. The constitutional issues of plain view, and fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine all are well addressed and accurately dealt with. I continue to be pleasantly amazed at her attention to detail.”
—Zach Fortier, Police Officer (Ret.), Colorado, United States

“Usually it’s hard for me to read cop books without picking them apart, but I read the entire Madison Knight series and I loved them all! The way Carolyn wrote Madison describes me and the way I work and even my personal life to a t.”
—Deputy Rebecca Hendrix, LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department, Poteau, Oklahoma

“I tend to shy away from Police Procedural novels because I get angry and frustrated at the lack understanding by many authors…I was extremely impressed by the amount of research she must have done.”
—Stacy Eaton, Police Investigator and Certified Crime Scene Investigator, Pennsylvania, United States

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