deadly choices
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Third Place Winner for Mystery Fiction at the Police Writers Association Conference in Vegas, 2006
One foggy November morning on Chicago's West Side, paramedic trainee Beth Reilly faces a life or death choice that will put her own future in jeopardy.  High on cocaine, her veteran paramedic officer slams their ambulance into a homeless, pregnant woman, forcing the woman into labor.  Beth alone must decide who will live -- the fetus fighting for life or the mother who is hemorrhaging to death. She can't save them both. Beth's decision tests old friendships and creates new enemies. Her woman-hating boss tries to destroy her career.  An ambitious prosecuter decides her trial is his ticket to a judgeship.. A religious zealot treats her as a sacrificial lamb, diverting suspicion from the woman he loves. A handsome professor enters her life, but is the timing coincidental?  When one of her tormentors dies suspiciously, Beth realizes her choices have turned deadly.  
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Beth is a rookie paramedic riding with Angie who does drugs while on duty, but since she's a veteran, Beth knows no one will believe her. When Angie hits a young pregnant woman with the ambulance on a deserted street, Beth finds herself delivering the baby alone. She can't save the mother, so she kidnaps the baby and turns it over to a friend of her who is a Foster mother.

Her fire captain doesn't think women have a place in the firehouse. So when he suspects her involvement in the kidnapping, he confronts her. He has a heart attack, and Beth saves his life. Not long after he dies and Angie's journal is found and passed on to an Internal Affairs Detective. Eventually Beth gets caught. A high-power lawyer defends her, finishing the story with page-turning suspense.

This story gives the reader a rare glimpse into the daily routine of a paramedic, especially in an all-male fire station. It shows the stresses involved and how bad choices can effect everything we do.

While you might not like what Beth did, you will like Beth and her struggles to do the right things. I hope the author will write more books with Beth.

If you like a book that will keep you guessing with plenty of suspense, you will love this book. I highly recommend it.

Dawn Dowdle

Finally, a lady takes on Dean Koontz on his own ground! Jennie Spallone's Deadly Choices moves with the speed of light and sheds new light on the paramedic's life while serving up a riveting plot.

Robert W.Walker, author of Absolute Instinct, Basic Instinct, Final Edge.   

What a good idea -- a woman paramedic as central character. Beth Reilly is a very real person presented with a real, very present-day dilemma.

Barb D'Amato, author of Death of a Thousand Cuts, The Cat Marsala, and Hard Road.

Deadly Choices is a gritty, fast-paced mystery with unique and richly drawn characters.

Denise A. Agnew, author of Combustion.