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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Sep 2005

The Crossroads

by F.P. Lione

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The Crossroads courageously bridges the gap between Christianity and the contemporary culture. With hard-hitting drama and an emotionally charged plot, this book appeals to readers on several levels.

The realism of police work in New York City is captured with the concise writing and personal knowledge of the authors. There is a genuine sense of danger as the officers respond to calls in this precinct. Readers will be on the edge of their seats wondering how each encounter will end.

This second book in the series further explores the relationships between the characters and their family and friends. Tony Cavalucci has committed his life to Christ and now he is trying to live according to his new beliefs. However, there are some serious and long-standing emotional issues between himself and his divorced parents. Readers will watch this character grow in the knowledge of the Lord. It’s noteworthy that the authors have portrayed Tony’s spiritual development with a sense of realism. His growth as a Christian comes in small, natural steps that blend well with the rest of the novel.

Excellent writing and exceptional dialogue makes each page come alive. The life of a police officer is shown with a clarity that is impressive. The authors captured the fears and uncertainties that surround police work, but contrasted that with the absolute confidence believers have in the Lord. The gospel message is incorporated into the story with skill and sensitivity. Readers will understand the ability of biblical truths to answer today’s problems.

The Crossroads is a solid second installment in the “Midtown Blue” series. -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

For most New Yorkers, Times Square is more than just a crossroads.

It's also the junction between good and bad, glamour and grit, life and death. To Tony Cavalucci, a New York City cop, it's simply his beat this New Year's Eve.

But instead of joining the celebration, Tony is exhausted from long hours and little sleep. And his problems don't end when he clocks out either. With his new girlfriend at odds with his family, Tony begins to wonder if taking a drink would solve all his problems. But as he runs head-on into his struggle against alcohol, Tony realizes that sooner or later he'll have to choose between sobriety and addiction-and between his feuding family and his new love.

As edgy as life on the streets, The Crossroads is a rare and mesmerizing account of the true-to-life decisions cops have to make every day between vice and redemption.