The Last Word by Kathy Herman

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The Last Word

In her second installment of the Sophie Trace Trilogy, Kathy Herman rolls Henderson, Kingsbury, and Blackstock into one with both suspense and spirituality  

Your browser may not support display of this image. Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—Heart-pounding suspense meets heart-challenging truth as best-selling author Kathy Herman returns to Sophie Trace in her new page-turner, The Last Word (David C Cook, October 2009).  Based on Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the gentile,” Herman’s second installment in the Sophie Trace series triumphantly demonstrates God’s miraculous ability to heal the broken. 

This theme comes to life in Vanessa Jessup, a twenty-year-old college student who becomes pregnant while having a secret love affair with her psychology professor and has to make a choice: either end the pregnancy or end the relationship.  The biblical truths she learned growing up prompt her to choose life and to go home to the refuge of her parents’ counsel and a right relationship with God.   

When Vanessa arrives home, her mother, Sophie Trace Police Chief Brill Jessup, is stunned to see that she’s pregnant—and by one of her professors.  While Brill is glad her middle daughter rejected the father’s abortion ultimatum, she’s also hurt that Vanessa ignored her upbringing and angry that the professor has disappeared without as much as a nickel of child support. 

But that’s not all Brill’s got on her plate.  One of her detectives has been killed, and the attacker has threatened to come for her next.  When a second cop is wounded, public criticism mounts as Brill attempts to stay alive long enough to catch the perp.  And she’s trying to find the deadbeat dad as Vanessa struggles to make decisions about her future.   

In spite of Brill’s best efforts to stay safe, the murderer finally kidnaps and threatens to kill her and then commit suicide.  As her life hangs in the balance, Brill becomes concerned that her attacker is about to die and is not saved and refuses to be silenced in her witness of God’s love for him.  In a show of grace under pressure and fierce determination, Brill will manage to have the last word, even if it kills her. 

Your browser may not support display of this image. Author Bio

Best-selling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written fifteen novels, including CBA bestsellers The Real Enemy, Tested by Fire and All Things Hidden, since retiring from her family’s Christian bookstore business.  Kathy and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and five grandchildren and live in Tyler, Texas. 

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. For those who didn’t catch the first installment in the series, can you give us a little background about Sophie Trace and its main characters?
  2. Tell us about the Scripture verse upon which The Last Word is based.  Why is this theme so important to you?
  3. Full of suspense, The Last Word follows Police Chief Brill Jessup as she tries to catch a killer on the loose.  Can you describe Brill for us?
  4. What dilemmas does Brill’s daughter, Vanessa, encounter during the book?
  5. Why do you consider your novels to be Bible studies without the homework?
  6. What we can expect from the last book in the trilogy?

 

The Last Word Book 2: Sophie Trace Trilogy by Kathy Herman

David C Cook/October 2009

ISBN: 978-1-4347-6785-1/390 pages/softcover/$14.99

www.davidccook.com   www.kathyherman.com

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