THE TARGET BY L J SELLERS
The Target by LJ Sellers is the second book in her new series on an undercover FBI Agent Jamie Dallas. Dallas was first brought to life the Detective Wade Jacson series last October. The Target is the second in the Jamie Dallas series, and I hope we can plan on seeing many more in this series.
Agent Jamie Dallas likes undercover work as it allows her the freedom to make use of the many activities she participated in her childhood. From piano lessons to acting to working as a waitress, Jamie Dallas can step into just about any role as an undercover agent. She was raised by her Aunt because of problems with her parents.
We learn immediately that this case she is being sent in undercover is going to be a difficult one. It involves the death of an FBI agent, Joe Palmer in San Diego. The death of an agent is always bad but in this instance it has a personal side. Agent Palmer and his wife raised Agent Carla River, and she considers him her mentor. Dallas’ friend and colleague, Agent Carla River, is an agent who requested Dallas to handle the undercover work. Dallas and River worked a case of eco-terrorism in Eugene, Oregon.
So the undercover case is to prove who killed Agent Palmer and how it was done to make it look it was a heart attack. In addition of finding the truth about the death of Agent Palmer, Dallas has to discover if there is a person or group working to sabotage the product the tech company is working to release. Dallas doesn’t believe in coincidences. With the death of a security guard, a researcher, an arsonist setting a warehouse fire, and a death celebrity stock holder there has to be a connection competitive war going between to BioTech companies.
Dallas goes undercover at one of the companies and draws on her love of role playing to fill the role of assistant (secretary) to vice president. Sellers give us a good background on the issues going on with companies who bring products to market and the fight for market share. Products issues in the health care industry make the story real to the readers. She brings to life the economic problems companies face. The two companies are fighting to bring health care product focus on helping people lose weight.
The book pace moves quickly offering unexpected twist and turns from the time Dallas arrives in San Diego. Sellers does a great job of helping fans understand the main characters and some of the similarities they both faced growing up. We learn about Agent Carla River and the problems she faced with her father being in prison for murder, and we learn about Agent Jamie Dallas dealing with her alcoholic father and her unstable mother. The personal story helps us get know Dallas and why she loves undercover work. Sellers help us see Dallas grow as she agrees to meet with her dying father.
We see some humor is how Dallas deals with her therapists who are helping deal with the trauma created by her parents. We learn that Dallas is a person. She never lets her personal life affect her undercover work.
With San Diego as a backdrop of the picture Sellers shows us how an undercover agent has to stay in character at all times. Agent Carla River deals with the local police investigation pursuing the death of a celebrity who is also a major stockholder in one of the BioTech companies. River knows it is not a coincidence for two local deaths and a celebrity are connected to the BioTech companies. Dallas has to help River prove it. River thinks there could be a connection to the local deaths. Sellers show us how Agent River deals with a young, aggressive detective to get cooperation.
I won’t tell you any spoilers in my review. You will have to read the book to find out how Agent Palmer died and why and what Agent Dallas finds out about products about to be released by both companies. You will find the story continues to full of suspense and thrills and a surprise ending. I enjoyed how Sellers made us part of the investigative team including the local and federal investigation and importance of Dalla’s undercover work. We see how everything comes together, and we learn that undercover work is dangerous. I give this book a 5 star rating and must read recommendation.