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Deadlock by DiAnn Mills


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Also by DiAnn Mills:

Facing the Enemy, September 2023
Paperback / e-Book
Concrete Evidence, October 2022
Hardcover / e-Book
Trace of Doubt, September 2021
Trade Size / e-Book
Airborne, September 2020
Hardcover / e-Book
The Oregon Trail Romance Collection, November 2019
Paperback / e-Book
The Homestead Brides Collection, October 2019
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
Fatal Strike, September 2019
Paperback / e-Book
Awaken My Heart, December 2018
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Texas Brides Collection, November 2018
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
Burden of Proof, October 2018
Trade Size / e-Book
The Farmer's Bride Collection, July 2018
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
High Treason, February 2018
Trade Size / e-Book
Deep Extraction, April 2017
Paperback / e-Book
Deadly Encounter, August 2016
Paperback / e-Book
Deadlock, October 2015
Paperback / e-Book
Double Cross, April 2015
Paperback / e-Book
Firewall, July 2014
Paperback / e-Book
Footsteps, September 2013
e-Book (reprint)
The Lighthouse Brides Collection, September 2013
Trade Size / e-Book
The Farmer's Bride Collection, August 2013
Paperback / e-Book
The Dance Of Character And Plot, June 2013
Paperback / e-Book
A Texas Brides Collection, May 2013
Paperback / e-Book
The Survivor, March 2013
Paperback / e-Book
The Chase, April 2012
Paperback / e-Book
Attracted to Fire, October 2011
Paperback / e-Book
Under a Desert Sky, June 2011
Paperback / e-Book
The Fire In Ember, January 2011
Pursuit of Justice, October 2010
Trade Size / e-Book
A Woman Called Sage, May 2010
Sworn To Protect, April 2010
Paperback / e-Book
Breach Of Trust, March 2009
Trade Size / e-Book
Texas Legacy Omnibus, August 2008
Awaken My Heart, February 2008
When the Nile Runs Red, September 2007
Paperback / e-Book
Mackinac Island, April 2006

DiAnn Mills

FBI: Houston #3
Tyndale House Publishers
October 2015
On Sale: October 1, 2015
Featuring: Thatcher Graves; Bethany Sanchez
416 pages
ISBN: 1414389957
EAN: 9781414389950
Kindle: B00UCEKR3Y
Paperback / e-Book
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Romance Suspense

Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

Author Note

Dear Reader

Deadlock is the third book in my FBI: Houston series. Special Agents Bethany Sanchez and Thatcher Graves have taken me on a thrilling adventure. I was concerned about them with so many obstacles in the way of their personal, physiological, and professional lives. But they remained true to hero and heroine status, fearless in the face of danger and never a victim.

At times I wanted to pull Bethany out of the family dynamics that stalked her every step. But I wanted to show how those we love can hurt us the deepest. She practiced unconditional love with a tough truth element. Those challenges made her stronger, and she believed it was worth the risk.

Thatcher dealt with a bad-boy reputation, and most of it was true. Although he’d chosen to change his image, how to accomplish it remained the most difficult task. Running wasn’t his style, and a claim to new morals left too many people skeptical.

How do perfectionist Bethany and a free-thinker Thatcher work together? Optimistically, each could compliment the other. Realistically, they could despise the other. Which will they choose in light of a serial murder case before one of them is killed?

I hope you enjoy Bethany’s and Thatcher’s journey in Deadlock.



FBI: Houston


44 comments posted.

Re: Deadlock

Your latest book sounds like a real page-turner, but then
again, each one of your books have a special quality to them
that makes you want to pick them up and read them!! Of
course I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this one!!
Congratulations on what I know is going to be another big
hit!! The one thing that I'm curious about, though, is if
writing now is harder than it was years ago when you were
first starting out. I know the digital age has changed
things dramatically, and everyone, from the Publisher down,
has had to pick up the pace, and change their game plan.
It's also put a bit of a damper on readers such as me, who
love to feel a real book in their hands, and not a machine.
I was just curious. Congratulations once again on your
book. Great cover, too!!
(Peggy Roberson 12:29pm August 21, 2015)

You usually give good writing tips, and I'll have to
remember them, when I get the nerve to start writing my
book. Your latest book sounds good, and I can't wait to
read it!! Congratulations on your book. It should do well,
and it's going to make for good Fall reading!!
Peggy Roberson 10:13am September 16, 2015)

I had a pet alpha housebunny, who just passed after 10
Deb Philippon 10:26am October 21, 2015)

I have never had a parrot for a pet, but I like the fact that their life expectancy is fifty years.
Bonnie H 10:53am October 21, 2015)

I have a guinea pig for a pet. His name is Benson and he is adorable.
Kathy Morrison 12:41pm October 21, 2015)

I have had pets through the years... a bird named Oscar that was a wonderful friend, a beautiful dog named Misty that was my best friend, a hamster named Frisky, and so many more.
Colleen Conklin 12:42pm October 21, 2015)

A small fish name Blue
Marissa Yip-Young 5:53am October 22, 2015)

We had a boxer named Remus - he was definitely a part of our family - we definitely miss him! My son, who was about 2 1/2 years old when Remus passed, remembered him a bit and remembered Remus following him, as if to guard him.
Felicia Ciaudelli 2:16pm October 22, 2015)

A dog named Bogie who was sensitive, smart and loving.
Sharon Berger 2:21pm October 22, 2015)

I have a cat named Cosmo. He is grey with a stub tail. Apparently he was born with the short tail. definitely has a personality.
Charline Bonham 2:39pm October 22, 2015)

We had a black cat named Siete. We adopted him after he was
abandoned in our parking complex in El Paso. He got that
name because my GF got tired of calling him from the
parking lot, "C-A-T! C-A-T!" and asked me, "What's Spanish
that sounds like C-A-T?"
Richard Brandt 2:39pm October 22, 2015)

I have a little five pound yorkie named Charleigh. She will soon be eleven
years old. We were never told to have her spayed to prevent breast
cancer. She was an indoor dog with a doggie door and fenced in yard.
And she never went in heat. We recently found out she had cancer and the
vet did surgery. It had already went into her nodes. It's just a matter of
time but so far she still has an appetite.
Gail Hollingsworth 3:12pm October 22, 2015)

Have a bird now named beba. Had a hamster named pushy.
Yaritza Santana 4:28pm October 22, 2015)

In my childhood had a cat called Twinkle and a rabbit named Benjy. In my teens another cat named Tara.
Lesley Walsh 5:26pm October 22, 2015)

My beloved dog, Lilly has been gone for several years, but she had a profound influence on my life. I once thought I wanted a parrot, but was a little daunted by their loud vocalizations and ability to get into mischief. I always loved reading about Alex the African Grey. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the release!
E Felder 7:07pm October 22, 2015)

I have a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Cooper. He is
our 4-legged baby. He was diagnosed with diabetes about 3
months ago, and even though he does have his limits in
exercise and what he can eat, he is still the best dog in
the world!
Terry Trahan 7:38pm October 22, 2015)

Marsha Baurns 8:30pm October 22, 2015)

My last dog was called Homer. He was a Golden Retriever. He has been gone for 10 years now but I still think of him often.
B Tritt 9:16pm October 22, 2015)

We have had several dogs. Each was special. The one that picked us out was a stray that walked up our driveway in the middle of know where. We named her Tiffany but she was an older dog. She brought the family closer. Now we just spend on feeding the birds outside.
Melinda Marks 10:56pm October 22, 2015)

Have had many pets - our two favorites were Trixie a terrier mix dog and Misty a cat that looked just like the gray cat in the Sheba?? commercials. Both these pets were extremely intelligent and loving; unfortunately both are gone, but definitely NOT forgotten.
Linda Chesick 5:28am October 23, 2015)

I had a cat named Cuddles for almost 16 years. He died
last summer and I miss him!
Lori Raines 7:48am October 23, 2015)

Never had a pet, not even a goldfish since I have some phobia and get super scared when I'm near any sort of animal.
Lisa L. 3:41pm October 23, 2015)

My first pet was an English Setter named Jamie. Actually,
my father owned him and he was supposed to be a hunting
dog, but he was actually MY dog since he only hunted for
Irene Menge 3:43pm October 23, 2015)

Hoping to win this exciting book
Dawn Byers 12:28pm October 24, 2015)

We had two dogs - PeeWee and Prince. I miss them both.
Pam Howell 10:16am October 24, 2015)

I always said I would never have an indoor pet, but I found a tiny kitten that was abandoned. Well, to make a long story short, I now have an indoor cat named Smokey.
Anna Speed 11:55am October 24, 2015)

I had a dog named Goldie that I loved until someone
poisioned her
Shelia Hall 12:03pm October 24, 2015)

We have two dogs currently, Gizmo and Cali. A boxer and jack Russell. We lost our Chihuahua, Tequila and our guinea pig Bolt just last year
Jolene Allcock 12:14pm October 24, 2015)

A dog and his name is Kodi, he is an Akita.
Jean Patton 4:20pm October 24, 2015)

I did have a little toy fox terrier named Mitzi.
Diane Sallans 8:07pm October 24, 2015)

We have had big dogs. Out last was named Hunter. The mischief that dog
got into is legendary.
Laura Gullickson 8:34pm October 24, 2015)

We have two dogs, spot and wally
Nicole Bouchey 8:39pm October 24, 2015)

A Jack Russell terrorist named Toby who lives up yo his name.
Suzie Johnson 9:07pm October 24, 2015)

I've had a pet cat, her name was Slinky and she lived to the age of 22. When we moved to a farm she wouldn't associate with the barn cats, apparently she decided they belonged to the farm and she belonged to us...or we belonged to her! My daughter had a pet goat named Cindy and our two eldest (girl & boy) had horses; now that I live in the north my "pets" are the moose that come around our property.
Betty Gelean 9:29pm October 24, 2015)

I had a cat named Whiskers
Joanne Balinski 9:32pm October 24, 2015)

I had a very feisty siamese growing up named Tinkerbell.
Denise Austin 10:12pm October 24, 2015)

Had a cat named Tabby.
Fred Holmes 10:17pm October 24, 2015)

I have a cat that is half Maine Coon and Half barn cat. His name is Juno.
Yes, named after the movie! Talk about identity crisis.
Susan Scheelk 2:13pm October 25, 2015)

We have 5 rescues currently..... 4 weims & a great dane :)
Liz Digman 7:39pm October 27, 2015)

Thank you for the great writing tips!! I've never seen them
broken down the way you've done them before, and it made a
lot of sense that way. Those are real keepers, as they say!!
So is your latest book!! The story line is good, and it
sounds like a real page-turner!! Congratulations on your
latest book!! I've already put it on my TBR list for my
Fall/Winter reading list!!
Peggy Roberson 7:53am November 18, 2015)

Can't wait to read it!!
Kelli Jo Calvert 3:42pm November 18, 2015)

What would make my Christmas perfect would be to have my
cards addressed on time, to have my baking finished, my house
cleaned in record time, and those I care about near and
healthy and be able to visit, or for us to be able to visit
them. As we get older, plans don't always work out in our
favor, and things get in the way. I also hope that you have
a Merry Christmas, and I wish you a very Happy and Healthy
New Year!! Very cute posting, too!!
Peggy Roberson 7:27am December 16, 2015)

Hi Peggy, life changes moment by moment - and mine aren't done either! Have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas.
DiAnn Mills 10:06am December 16, 2015)

Having my children around me. Creative poem and cute Merry
Leona Olson 7:45am December 17, 2015)

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