Ruthless Cross - Barbara Freethy

Ruthless Cross

By Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2019-11-12
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4.5
From 524 Ratings


"Count on Freethy to thrill your socks off, while running away with your heart. RUTHLESS CROSS had me holding my breath and biting my nails as I sat on the edge of my seat." Isha - Bookbub

Everyone has a secret. Some are worth killing for…some are worth dying for…

The son of an art thief, FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie is no stranger to deception, but when the brutal murder of a federal judge unravels an intricate and shocking web of lies, he finds himself tangled up in personal life-changing secrets and in the arms of a woman he isn't sure he can trust.

Callie Harper not only wants justice for her stepfather, she also wants to protect her family. Staying close to Flynn seems like the smart option, until she starts to fall for the man who could hurt everyone she loves. 

The lines between good and bad, guilty and innocent, are blurred. Callie and Flynn quickly realize their search for the truth could take them somewhere they don't want to go...if they can stay alive long enough to get there.

Don't miss this thrilling romantic suspenseful story of stolen art and murder from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy!

Note: THE FBI SERIES takes readers on thrilling, romantic, and suspenseful adventures! Every story stands completely on its own and there are no cliffhangers! The books feature complex and exciting storylines ranging from kidnapping to organized crime, terrorism, and espionage. Personal stories often play out against a bigger, broader storyline, and surprising twists will keep you up all night. Start reading today!

Also Available in the FBI Series:

Perilous Trust #1
Reckless Whisper #2
Desperate Play #3
Elusive Promise #4
Dangerous Choice #5
Ruthless Cross #6
Critical Doubt #7
Fearless Pursuit #8
Daring Deception #9
Risky Bargain #10
Perfect Target #11 
Fatal Betrayal #12

What the readers are saying about RUTHLESS CROSS ...

"RUTHLESS CROSS is another adrenaline-filled story, with well written and developed characters, Barbara Freethy is a master of her craft!" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Booklovers Anonymous

"RUTHLESS CROSS is yet another romantic suspense from Barbara Freethy that I had to read cover to cover in one sitting! From the first line, Ms. Freethy takes readers on a fast-paced tale of murder, old secrets and priceless art. I can’t wait for Savannah’s story!" Pam

"Barbara Freethy writes a beautiful, edge of the seat story, full of intrigue, mystery and romance. This is my favorite FBI series! Can’t wait to read the next book!" Christine 

"Another wonderful addition to Barbara Freethy’s FBI series. I loved RUTHLESS CROSS! Intrigue, suspense, action romance….it was GREAT!" Leslie

"RUTHLESS CROSS is an adrenaline-fueled story taking place in the art world that will totally engage the reader’s interest as FBI agent Flynn investigates the death of an old friend and former mentor, Federal Judge Arthur Corbyn. This is a book you won’t want to put down until the very end." Jane – Goodreads

"RUTHLESS CROSS might be my favorite of Barbara Freethy's Off The Grid series! I love Flynn and Callie. But this is not just a good romance, it is a really good suspense story. There's a lot going on but she's able to round everything up into a tight, suspenseful and entertaining tale!" Trude


  • Mystery, murder, art, romance

    By jdt_s
    This book has everything to interest anyone. Moves fast lots of action and art and unusual venues. Worth the read.
  • Ruthless Cross

    By Mpomper514
    Barbara Freethy never fails to deliver, and in book 6 of the Off The Grid: FBI Series she doesn’t disappoint. She is the master of grabbing your attention from page 1 and keeping it throughout all the twists and turns in the story. When Flynn gets a message from his mentor (the father of his first true love who died tragically young), he agrees to meet him. Before he is able to talk to him, Arthur is killed. Since Arthur was a Federal Judge the FBI is involved in investigating his murder, and Flynn is determined to track down his killer. Enter Callie, Arthur’s stepdaughter, who is just as determined to prove her mother had nothing to do with the murder. Not everyone is who they appear to be, and will Flynn and Callie live to solve the mystery of the murder and recognize their strong feelings for each other? You won’t want to put this book down.
  • Ruthless Cross

    By mel082363
    This was a really good book. I have read all of the books in this series and this was one of my favorites. Kept you Hussein’s until the end.
  • Highly Recommend!

    By cmatinale
    FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie agrees to meet his good friend and father figure Judge Arthur Corbin at a museum. He talks to him briefly and Arthur said he was afraid someone was watching them and he needed his help and agreed to meet later to talk. Unfortunately someone killed Arthur before they could meet up. Callie Harper is Arthur’s stepdaughter and her mother is a suspect and Callie is trying to protect her. Callie and Flynn work together to prove her mother is innocent and find the murderer. Sparks start to fly between two of the. If you like fast paced action and suspense you’ll love this book! Nobody writes FBI stories like Barbara Freethy!
  • Ruthless Cross

    By Jen G F
    ARC for honest review with no compensation Ruthless Cross is book 6 in the Off the Grid: FBI series by Barbara Freethy an a great addition to this series! We have read about Flynn MacKenzie, another FBI agent in the prior books in this series and now it’s time for his story... When Flynn is contacted by his friend Arthur who is also a federal judge that he needs help but before they can talk the judge is murdered with one possible suspect being his wife. Callie Harper wants justice for her stepfather, the judge and to protect her mother who is a suspect in his death. Flynn and Callie need to work together to solve the murder but Can Flynn trust Callie? Deception, murder, lies and secrets keep you on the edge of your seat and when you think you have it all figured out...something else happens...
  • Phenomenal

    By Moosech
    Full of the action-packed suspense and romance that Freethy is known for. This rapid page turner will have you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. Unputdownable and the conclusion leaves you totally satisfied.
  • Page-turner

    By Grinandstampit
    Barbara Freethy has once again provided readers with depth of story and strength of character in Ruthless Cross, book 6 of the FBI Off the Grid series. We are immediately drawn to Flynn MacKenzie, a rather private man and FBI Team Lead who has been invited to an art gallery showing by a federal judge who is also a personal friend and role model for Flynn. The judge introduces Flynn to his new wife and stepdaughter, Callie. Flynn is immediately drawn to Callie and crosses paths with her as he investigates the judges activities. This is a 5 star story of betrayal, intrigue and romance as we have come to expect from author Barbara Freethy.
  • Another Great Adventure!

    By LoveDachshunds
    Ruthless Cross is a great story filled with intrigue and suspense. It was well-paced with several twists I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed the characters, especially the relationship between Callie and her mom as well as between Callie and Flynn. I always like having the involvement of previous and future characters from the series included in the storyline. Another great adventure that was highly entertaining! I definitely recommend this book and look forward to Savannah’s story!

    By Ellen/Oceanside
    RUTHLESS.CROSS... Barbara .Freethy Judge Aurther had been a father figure for him, when he called and asked for a favor Flynn came, having a bad feeling about it. It was a sensitive sticky situation the Judge told him. His date Savannah was a loyal and trusted person and they worked well together. . A scream, murder had happened, and security cameras had been hacked. The exhibit was opening in the grand hall, guests were mingling. Was the killer still among them. A good flowing plot, that gives one an eye view of what’s going on. It is filled with deceit, lies, power, with plenty of twists, to the end. Another story, with great characters of Flynn, Savannah and Callie. Given ARC for my voluntary review and honest opinion.
  • Add to your TBR list.

    By ledoss
    This FBI series is at the top of my Freethy list of outstanding reads. The newest book is no exception. In this thriller, we have a serial killer, mystery, abandonment issues, insanity and romance. You will need to read this one to figure out the order and “who done it”. Add this to your TBR list, no disappointment here.