Summary

Given the racial inequity illustrated by the sweatshop, the author creates a timely plot. With overarching ties to human trafficking, the story serves up a cautionary tale. From start to finish, the story maintains a solid pace until the explosive ending.

5-STAR REVIEW: NEVER BROKEN by Lori Duffy Foster

The Description

Lisa Jamison: Book 2
Publication Date: April 12, 2022

The near corpse of a stranger had no idea where he’d been, how long he’d been there or who had kept him captive. But one thing intrigued journalist Lisa Jamison even more than his story: recent memories of a woman named Chandra Bower.

Seven years had passed since Chandra disappeared from Seneca Springs without a trace. Police investigators still compared DNA records whenever an unidentified body appeared, hoping to at least bring her family closure. Lisa still chased down leads from desperate family and friends, being careful to hide her investigations from an editor who thought she’d become obsessed with a woman who was clearly dead.

But this man had just seen her, sewing designer clothes in a dark, filthy basement with about twenty other men and women under horrifically inhumane conditions. And the sweatshop workers all had one thing in common: All were people of color.

A split-second decision to help the man takes Lisa on a race against time. His captors want him back, there is evidence someone on the police force might be involved and the man knows that if he were recaptured, they would torture him until he revealed the names of the two people who helped him escape: Lisa Jamison and Chandra Bower.

Lisa promised her teenage daughter she would stay away from the dangerous stories ever since her job had nearly gotten them both killed two years before. But she no longer has a choice. She must keep the stranger hidden while she gathers enough evidence to turn the case over to city police or the FBI. At least three lives-her own, the stranger’s and Chandra’s-depend on it.

The Review

Investigative journalist Lisa Jamison is back for another thrilling adventure, this time focusing on a sweatshop holding minority people captive under brutal conditions. Author Lori Duffy Foster delivers an action-packed mystery in Never Broken.

It’s been two years since Lisa got tangled up in an investigation that put her and her daughter in harm’s way. She’s focused on staying away from danger, but when she discovers an almost dead man hiding in her car, his mention of a young woman who disappeared years ago makes his story believable.

Lisa’s character shines in this story as she tries to determine the location of the sweatshop. As a mother, she has to juggle her daughter’s safety while poking around and asking dangerous questions. The rapport that develops between Lisa and FBI Agent Flannigan provides an added bonus.

Given the racial inequity illustrated by the sweatshop, the author creates a timely plot. With overarching ties to human trafficking, the story serves up a cautionary tale. From start to finish, the story maintains a solid pace until the explosive ending.

Never Broken speaks to the fortitude of the sweatshop workers who never gave up hope. It’s also a tribute to a highly skilled investigative journalist willing to risk everything to help others.

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About The AuthorLori Duffy Foster is a former crime reporter who writes and lives in the hills of Northern Pennsylvania. She is author of A Dead Man’s Eyes, which is the first in the Lisa Jamison Mysteries Series, an Agatha Award nominee and a finalist for the Shamus Award. Never Broken is book 2 in the series. Look for her debut thriller, Never Let Go, in December of 2022. Her short fiction has appeared in the journal Aethlon, and in the anthologies Short Story America and Childhood Regained. Her nonfiction has appeared in Healthy Living, Running Times, Literary Mama, Crimespree and Mountain Home magazines. Lori is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Pennwriters. She also sits on the board of the Knoxville (PA) Public Library.

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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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  1. I wanted to cry when I read this. I really feel the review understands what I tried to accomplish as an author and appreciates the novel on all levels. Thank you so much, Amy and Novels Alive!

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5-STAR REVIEW: NEVER BROKEN by Lori Duffy FosterGiven the racial inequity illustrated by the sweatshop, the author creates a timely plot. With overarching ties to human trafficking, the story serves up a cautionary tale. From start to finish, the story maintains a solid pace until the explosive ending.