North of the Killing Hand

Book 2 Compass Crimes Series

Romance - Suspense
376 Pages
Reviewed on 12/12/2016
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Author Biography

Author Joni M. Fisher is a reformed Yankee with journalism degree from Indiana University in Bloomington who lives in central Florida and North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found flying, hiking, writing for aviation magazines, reading, or at church. An active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association, she is hard at work on her next novel. For more: www.jonimfishercom

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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

North of the Killing Hand is another brilliant entry in the Compass Crimes Series by Joni M Fisher, a compelling and intricately woven story for fans of crime fiction. The plot centers on Nefi Jenkins, whose experience of murder will shape her future in unimaginable ways. She is just fourteen when she witnesses the murder of her parents. Rescued from Brazil and brought to the US, she learns a new way of life, and connects deeply with those who have stood by her. As she grows up, the desire to join the law enforcement service becomes an obsession for her. But is it for the sheer desire to serve her new country or the thirst for revenge? The answer will surprise readers and it’s worth finding out.

Joni M Fisher’s work reminded me powerfully of the movie Colombiana, but there is nothing that makes the 2011 film close to this well-imagined and masterfully executed story. Witnessing one’s parents being murdered is a powerful premise for a psychologically absorbing story and the author has used this premise as a springboard to create a character that is rock-solid and with great psychological depth. The international setting is equally fascinating and readers will enjoy the way the author establishes the contrast between two worlds, building a powerful conflict around it as the protagonist adjusts and evolves. The themes are well explored, including crime, love and devotion, the sense of justice and revenge. North of the Killing Hand is a beautifully paced, absorbing story that keeps readers’ eyes on its pages.

North of the Killing Hand


Wow where do I start this book North of the Killing Hand was soo exciting. I love to read books that take to places I have never been. I loved this I went to Brazil where a young girl (Nefi) sees her parents murdered . This left her all along in the jungle. She is a very strong girl and has lerned so much in the land. Mean while back in the US a Sentor has hirded 3 well trainded men to fund her and bring her back to he and his wife. This is her Uncle that she has never met.
These 3 men travel to the jungle and they are so funny, and determined to find her. She ends up seeing them not knowing they have come for her. They all find each other and they take her back to the US. The Sentor and his wife are so thrilled to have her. She continues to go to school and learn all the differences here. But she still have a crush on one the the 3 men that saved her. He gave her is dog tags. and she gave him her fathers leather neck band to her this was love. She grew up to be 21 and still friends with 2 of the 3 men that saved her but not Vincent she still wants him in her life.
The killer of her parents comes to the US to find her and kill her because he knows she can identify him for several murders. He tries to burn down the Senator's home and she was presumed dead. But she was out to get him. So much more has happened and I can't tell you all of it. But I will tell you the suspense is all thru this book. Is every where in it and it has a great ending. She has to remember all the her parents taught her about God to get thur this. Please read this book you will love it.