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2014 ANTHONY AWARD NOMINEE for Best Audiobook
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Publisher's Summary

One dead woman.A missing child.The diabolic father who will do anything to get his son back.The female cop who risks everything to keep the boy safe.CRESCENDO - Redemption with a Bullet.
As the only female Native American officer on the Bryson City, North Carolina police force, Inola Walela, must always play her A game. All bets are off when during a routine traffic stop the passenger insists her son has been kidnapped but is struck by a car before Inola can glean any hard facts. Obsessed with the possibility of a missing child out there somewhere, Inola defies the force and her fiancé, Sheriff Steven Hawk as sets off on a deadly journey to find the missing boy.
Produced by IOF Productions Ltd. Producer, Deborah J Ledford. Engineer/Editor, Nick Fainbarg.
Author DEBORAH J LEDFORD is a 2014 Anthony Award Nominee for the audiobook version of CRESCENDO. Three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, other novels by the award-winning author include STACCATO and The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist SNARE.
READER: A native of the Toronto area, CHRISTINA COX is an actress best known for her leading roles on several series including Defying Gravity for ABC and Blood Ties for Lifetime as well as guest starring as Officer. Zoey Kruger on Dexter. She is also known for the feature films The Chronicles of Riddick and Better Than Chocolate. As Co-Executive Producer and star, Christina recently helped resurrect Nikki & Nora--the most watched never aired pilot in history--as a web series. A self-confessed design junkie and devoted yoga practitioner, Christina currently resides in Los Angeles.
©2013 Deborah J Ledford (P)2013 IOF Productions Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Carole T. on 09-01-14

A Familiar Profile

Inola Walela must be the best name ever! Along with a solid plot, fast-moving action, and intriguing characters, that's a good reason to give "Crescendo" a try.

We have seen it before, of course. The female cop - a misfit, conflicted, complicated character with secrets in her past. She's hesitant to commit to a personal relationship, she rarely confides in anyone, and she's unsure of herself and her position in the Department. Most of the men on the squad don't fully trust or accept her. Her dedication to solving her case, however, and exceptional skills make her a good cop, and she's willing sometimes to break the rules in pursuit of justice.

Still, Inola and her fellow characters are appealing, and the story grabs you fast. Ledford is a good writer, and Christina Cox narrates with clipped, no-nonsense enthusiasm and considerable skill. I'm definitely willing to continue with this new series.

My one reservation is whether, in the summer of 2014, we are becoming a little less trustful and accepting of the well-meaning cop who may exceed and/or misinterpret authority. In fictionl, we have accepted much in law enforcement that is more questionable when presented in the real streets of New York City or St. Louis. Will (and should) that make stories like this less popular?

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Samuel (Skip) Feinstein on 04-12-14

Terrific Cop Stuff

Would you listen to Crescendo again? Why?

Yes/ I know there are details tht I missed and ;istening to the story is so entertaining;

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sheriff Hawk. Tough, honest sensible. My kind of guy.

Have you listened to any of Christina Cox’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

I listen to two or three unabridged audiobooks per week.They get me through tedious driving, boring workouts and occasionally deadly lectures. For me the work needs to be fast paced with an interesting story. It needs to keep me anxious about what happens next so that I'm looking for an excuse to go hide somewhere and listen. Crescendo, by Deb Ledford more than delivers in all areas.The story revolves around a small town, native American policewoman, Inola Walea, who is struggling to maintain credibility and acceptance in her narrow, macho dominated world. All is well until a freaky traffic stop goes terribly wrong resulting in three deaths. The story then cascades like a waterfall sending all of the characters in different directions to try and sort out the tragedy. Inola is then subjected to all of the stresses of being a law-enforcement officer while walking a twisted line trying not to fall into illegality and thus end her career. Her character is well drawn offering the reader a fully developed, competent. likable woman of action who's deep seated insecurities actually make you care about her. The supporting cast is equally intriguing. Inola's boyfriend/fiance. Sheriff Steven Hawk is a very strong, sensible and ultimately sensitive partner for her and she values him above all. The other characters such as the afflicted computer nerd, the chief of police, the chief's buxom niece who may be after Inola's job, Hawk's mother and Inola's own grandmother are woven into the complex story with purpose and just enough detail to make you feel you know them. They are a delightfully intense group and it's tempting to describe their parts but that would be a spoiler and that's not our purpose here.

The story moves along at a comfortably quick pace giving you just enough time to deal with the last set of revelations before heaping on more. There are times when things become a little unclear but that is soon taken care of by the succession of plot twists that render everything into perspective.

It struck me that this book would be of very special interest to law enforcement personnel. We all have our life pursuits and if someone writes about our world we can immediately relate to or dismiss what they have done. It would appear that Deb Ledford has done a superior job in capturing and relating the real-life feelings and anxieties of cops everywhere. I'm sure it will be appreciated.

I highly recommend that you get this book to read or listen. Christina Cox does a wonderful job on the narration being able to move between voices comfortably and smoothly in a conversational tone bringing the characters to life.

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