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Private Justice

(Newpointe 911 #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,930 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Staying together had seemed impossible.
Now it's their only hope.
A dark shadow of fear has fallen over Newpointe, Louisiana. First one, then another of the town firemen's wives has been murdered, and a third has barely escaped an attempt on her life. Incredible as it seems, a serial killer is stalking this sleepy little southern community. And Mark Branning's wife may be ne
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published July 27th 2009 by Zondervan (first published 1998)
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Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A few months ago I went to visit my dad's family. I simply brought my laptop in case for some reason I should need it. I returned back to my house with not only my laptop, but two bags full of Terri Blackstock books from my (incredibly amazingly perfect) aunt. She promised me that I would fall in love, and she was right, because I did.

I kicked off my adventures with Emerald Windows. I then continued on to the Newpointe
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I've read Terri Blackstock's more current novels. Interesting to go back to one of her earlier series. Her writing was just as good then. She is the top suspense writer.

In Private Justice, there is a serial killer that is rapidly taking out victims. Policeman and Fireman work together to find the villain. The main characters in the story were fireman Mark Branning and his wife Allie. While the mystery is solved, there is focus on their relationship as well.

Solid suspense novel.
Dani Pettrey
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love anything by Terri. Fast pacing, great characterization and beautiful themes of God's sovereignty and love. ...more
This was a great romantic suspense by Terri Blackstock. The suspense was great and building as the book progressed and the plot surrounding Allie and Mark was executed well.

Mark and Allie: At first I didn't like Mark. He didn't realise the relationship with Issie (not physical) was wrong and not pure and blamed Allie for all their marriage issues. I sympathized with Allie, but at some point felt for Mark as Allie made up her mind of what was going on between Mark and Issie and was not open to he
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting thriller from Terri Blackstock. I wish I had the sequels on hand.
Barb Hogan
Pretty good thriller, but a bit too preachy on the Christian side for me. I'm a Christian, a Catholic to be specific, and I felt that the "God in in Control" message was hammered in with a sledge hammer. It didn't have to be that way. I felt that it distracted from the good suspense of the novel. In general, I really liked the story and the characters. ...more
I like a good sermon as much as the next person, but enough is enough in this book. I wish she had dialed it down a notch or two.
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The mystery part of this book was very well done. The Christian part was very preachy and not well integrated into the story. I think the author is talented, but needs to learn to get her message across in more subtle ways, as the preaching really disrupts the story. I take some issue with the theology of the message as well -- God doesn't cause bad things to happen to punish us ... that keeps being brought up by the characters in the book -- I think that is pretty weak theology. ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I thought I would try out a new author. The synopsis raised my interest, being a fire-wife myself. The mystery part of the book was good. I was surprised at who the murderer was, so I was impressed about that. However, the story dragged on and on. It would've been much better without all the bible quotes over and over, and how much god "affects" how people act. It would have been a better story without all the preachy talk. ...more
Emerald Sue
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Randy Tramp
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Newpointe, Louisana.
Plot: Firemen's wives are being murdered. Mark seeks to protect Allie, but that's not easy since his marriage is falling apart.

I read this book years ago and loved it then, and loved it now. The characters are likable, the plot is exited and the twists are surprising. Tossing in the right amount of Bible verses makes this an excellent read.

I can't get enough of Blackstock's book as it lifts my faith and entertains me at the same time. Can't ask for more than that. I
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. Mark and Allie had some problems in their marriage, but after a string of murders decided to recommit themselves to it. There were a lot of edge of your seat moments in this book, as well as a lot of insightful moments. I loved when Mark told Allie the truth about his relationship with Issie. It may not have been physical, but there was a relationship that was forming that was disrespectful to his wife and his vows. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't even really get going into the book because it became so preachy. I thought it would be a mystery/suspense book, but I guess it was more about trying to convert the masses than about fiction. I'm sorely disappointed. ...more
Tolly Alva
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terri is by far one of my favorite Christian writers! It’s always entertaining and easy to read! Loved this story:)
Ginger Gritzo
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I didn't suspect who it was until near the end. ...more
Betty Brown
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Terri Blackstock has become one of my favorite authors. I love the action and the Scriptural truths in this book. I’ve learned I will always enjoy a book I pick up by her.

What I Liked: This was the first book in the series and it was fun to be introduced to new characters. The firefighter families contained in this story were so lovingly tight and I felt so sorry for the firefighters who were having to go through such trials. It seemed like when you didn’t think it could get any worse, things co
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Private Justice" is a fast-paced, suspenseful mystery. The mystery was a who-done-it that kept me uncertain until the end. The suspense was created by the tension between Mark and Allie due to their marriage troubles and the fact that Allie and the other firemen's wives were being stalked by a killer.

The characters made mistakes that increased the suspense, but they were very believable, human mistakes. They were smart people. The mistakes were due to ignorance or the character thought he was m
Barbara Schultz
I know I can count on [author; Terri Blackstock] for not only a wholesome read but an interesting mystery and usually a lesson in the importance of forgiveness..
I was someone disappointed in this story~ not my favorite Ms Blackstock novel (this is #17 for me). The focus on fireman Mark Branning and his wife Allie seems too similar to situations that have happened in several other novels.
I am ok with the Christian focus in Blackstock novels but this novel seemed to have a bit more of religious
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this story and ended up finishing it in 3 days. It got a little preachy at times, and seemed to go off track, but overall, it was a good mystery/thriller and a solid story. The narrator was good, although the recording quality was odd--at times, it seemed like the person had suddenly gone into a different room as the tone of the recording would change. It was a bit distracting at times, but it wasn't bad. I may check out further books in this series.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of Terri Blackstock’s best reads yet. It had intrigue, and kept the reader’s attention throughout. The true mark of a good book is when the author leaves you wanting more. I will definitely read more in this series.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Blackstock novels but I had to rate this one a 3 Star. While the plot was good, I was very disappointed in the dialect of the characters--especially people of color. She made them sound like uneducated backwoods hicks. Being from the south, I found it insulting.
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Terri Blackstock novel I've ever read, and will probably be my last due to a hot mess of inaccuracies. I did enjoy the characters, but I'm afraid they couldn't make up for the rest...

1) The legalistic teetotaling preachiness was 100% cringe-inducing.

2) Going from zero to vodka double shots overnight is laughable. You don't go from Sprite to straight vodka. Maybe he would have added vodka to his soda. Maybe he would have tried a bourbon (far more believable in a bar frequented
Robin Chandler
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-bookshelf
I enjoyed this book. It is my first Terri Blackstock book and I am moving on to Newpointe 911 #2 as soon as the library releases it to me. I listened to the audiobook on my hour long commute and had to continue once I made it home on several occasions. The Christianity in the book did not bother me in the least, as I have struggled with some of the same issues the characters have. I particularly appreciated the preacher's struggle with how to do the funeral for the non-Christian wife. I have fam ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I chose this series - its Christian fiction, which while i have known about it for years have never tried, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Mark and Allie are separated, and I had trouble figuring out why because the reasons unfolded slowly. When I finally got Allie's side of why she left Mark, I was ok with it and it mostly versused my early mixed reactions. Anyway, while they are separated, the town is hit with a series of murders where the wives of emergency ...more
Deb Brammer
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was well written and suspenseful. This series seems to zero in on firefighters and police in Newpointe. This plot centered around firefighters in the small town when a serial killer begins targeting fire wives (wives of firefighters), killing them and then burning their bodies afterward. Mark and Allie Branning were the foremost couple in this book. They had separated from each other in this new conflict force them to confront their demons and deal with the problems in their marriage.

Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book. I liked the story line but it became so far fetched and that just annoyed me.
If you have a killing spree going on and the police know the exact group being targeting (and that group was only about 8 people) the FBI would be called and people would be protected. In this book all the wives are left to their husbands for protection. I like the way this author writes and I feel this could have been a good story just went off track and was unrealisti
Erika Hayes
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good story, but I am not gonna lie not the best Blackstock book I have read. I figured it out before the end of the book but finished reading to make sure. I am moving on to the next in the series sometimes it is just a matter of luck that the reader gets to the solution before the writer. I have for the most part not had that as an issue with Blackstock's books so onward to book two in this series. I am really enjoying the styling of the other series so I am sure this one will warm up ...more
Beth Perry
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thank you so much for writing a book where Christians and Christianity are shown in a positive light! I have never read one of your books and took a chance on this one. What a blessing. Thanks for the great mystery too! The characters were very normal, experiencing everyday frustrations, life-challenges, bad decisions, and heartache, yet the lessons learned were excellent messages to all who have the pleasure of reading this book. I’m looking forward to reading many more of your books
Pamela Hanna
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was a good book with religious views thru out the book has to do with a sad case of Firefighters wives being killed when their mates aren't home...2 wives are shot and killed within a short tie then a 3rd one survives the killer goes after a fourth one but her husband takes the bullet and thus begins to heal this particulary marriage that was falling apart..before it;s all done the police finally figure out who did it and have to deal with the aftermath of who and why he did it..was a reall ...more
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide.. She has had over thirty years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest

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