The Book

The newspapers said it was an accident. The FBI suspects it was murder . . .

Trust and Deception Melissa J. Troutman

. . . When an employee of retired NBA star Adrian Summers falls off a cliff, the situation reeks not of tragic misfortune but of intentional crime, committed by a fame-loving man who suddenly has secrets to hide. After coming embarrassingly close to bankruptcy, Adrian is found with money again—and lots of it—but isn’t saying a word about where it comes from.

FBI Special Agent Sean Rayden arrives in Los Angeles undercover as Adrian’s new bodyguard. Competent, Christian, and supposedly single, he quickly attracts the attention of young Rachel MacIsaac and the hostility of rival Anthony Mitchell. Tension doesn’t take long to develop as Sean discreetly seeks the truth of Adrian’s mysterious business. What he uncovers forces him and his family to rely more than ever on their trust in God as they are pulled into a criminal world of deception, revenge, and ultimate danger.

“Thrilling! Trust and Deception weaves faith and intrigue into a compelling plot that builds suspense until the end. I would recommend it to anyone!”

Rachel Croskrey

“Melissa Troutman is a young woman with an old soul. Trust and Deception debuts the writing talent of one whom—I’m certain—we shall read more from in the future.  Miss Troutman weaves a suspenseful drama with lifelike characters. It’s a story that offers an exciting plot without all the gratuitous, unnecessary garbage.”
~Heather FitzGerald, fellow ACFW author

“Trust & Deception kept me on the edge of my seat! I never thought I would see the words ‘Christian thriller’ used together, but Troutman has combine the two genres in a fluid, skillful manner. It is inspiring to see how the main character, a devout Christian, smoothly integrates his faith into all other aspects of his life.”
~Terry Edwards, reference librarian

“I tried to read the book a few pages at a time – in-between doing different jobs around the house. I couldn’t. I found myself reading a few chapters at a time! The story was riveting and heart-pounding. It was easy to become involved with the characters and empathize with them. It was also refreshing to see the Christian characters praying for strength as they went through difficult times and talking to each other with loving and encouraging words. Well worth the time spent!”

“Trust and Deception was a great read. Couldn’t put it down. Action packed. Could see God’s hand at work throughout the entire book. Could see this on the Big Screen!”

“This is an excellent book. I never read mysteries but had a hard time putting this down.”

“I bought it, read it, and loved it!!”