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I flew through this novel, trying to connect the dots and find the killer along with Lucy. This is another great read from CJ Lyons. Women will enjoy the kick ass hero portrayed by Lucy. ~Chicklit Plus

Not for the faint-hearted! Fast-paced, with characters you can feel for and like, Snakeskin is part crime fiction, part thriller with a strong female protagonist. ~Joanna Penn

4 1/2 Stars: Combine Dirty Harry with a loving wife and mother and you might end up with Lucy Guardino. Fans of Lyons' hospital-set series will love the change of setting and thrilling pace. One note: readers with a fear of snakes should pick up this story carefully. Regardless, you won't be able to put this one down. ~RT Book Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Great FBI Story
"Very well researched with most details spot on. It is a compelling story. The characters were real, to the point of reminding me of an agent, who, was every bit as dedicated, smart, and fearless as Lucy Guardino. I highly recommend it." ~Mark B. Lewis, Former FBI Special Agent

From the Author

Okay, I'm going to warn you all up front. SNAKE SKIN is NOT your typical FBI thriller.

Don't get me wrong, it's got all the edgy, "breathtakingly fast-paced," "adrenalin rush," twists and turns that my medical thrillers have. But SNAKE SKIN is different...

How? Because SNAKE SKIN features a very traditional woman, a mom with a happy, loving marriage who loves her job, as the book's Hero!!!

Shocking, I know! It's just not done! A thriller hero must be chased by demons, driven by angst, suffering from drug or alcohol or some other kind of addiction/obsession/affliction....

Sorry. You won't find that in Lucy Guardino, the protagonist of SNAKE SKIN. She's just your typical soccer mom who happens to also be an FBI agent working a job no one else wants to do--and she's very good at it.

I based Lucy on several real-life FBI agents facing the same dilemma that many professionals (especially women) face: juggling family and work.

One, a man who headed a crimes against children task force talked about leaving the office after viewing hours upon hours of mind-numbing child porn and driving to his daughter's soccer game, trying to use the time on the road to lock all those images away....until the next day when he went back to work and faced them again.

Another Supervisory Special Agent, who invited me to stay at her home while I was doing research at the FBI Academy in Quantico, had created a warm and welcoming home, complete with loving and very nice husband (who didn't mind a writer asking all sorts of crazy questions about their marriage) and two wonderful teen-aged kids.

She filled me in on some of the challenges of climbing the career ladder in the FBI (she's now a Special Agent in Charge) and the sacrifices she made.  As well as some of the downright silliness that came along the way--like being unable to postpone a firearms proficiency test when she was eight months pregnant (wish I had copies of the pictures of her shooting the Remington shotgun and the M4 submachine gun to share with you--priceless!)

So you've been warned--SNAKE SKIN is not your typical thriller....and Lucy Guardino is not your typical hero.

But for many of us, she's more than a hero--she's a real person trying very hard to protect both her family and do the job she loves.

And that job does take her to some pretty awful places. Working crimes against children means that Lucy pursues the worst of the worst. SNAKE SKIN is definitely NOT for the faint of heart!

Download the sample or buy SNAKE SKIN to see for yourself!


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456563289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456563288
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Two time winner of International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

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95 of 103 people found the following review helpful By April Renn (AprilR) on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
SNAKE SKIN by C.J.Lyons is a heart thumping thriller set in present day Pittsburgh.It is written with depth,details,twists and turns.It has snakes,child predators,FBI agents,crimes against children,sacrifices,adventure to save the children,suspense,and a heart pumping action.It is action packed and fast paced from the first page to the last.Special Agent Guardino,is an FBI sexual assault felony enforcement squad agent,a wife,a soccer Mom,juggles family and work,she is a friend and loathes child predators.
She will have to choose her daughter and the life of the young child she is trying to save...
what a life scattering decision one no mother or special officer should have to make.This is a seat on the edge of your seat action thriller that will leave you looking under your bed,in your closets and questioning things around your children.If you enjoy fast paced,with kick butt characters this is a Do not miss read.I would highly recommend this story.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at Create Space and My Book Addiction and More.
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98 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Sesame on July 29, 2011
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I had high hopes for this book. The premise is quite interesting: a mother-bear-type lady FBI agent who hunts down pedophiles. It started out with a quick and readable pace, and kept me reading -- at first.

But then, the errors and problems started to add up. A few minor inaccuracies in a novel can be easily overlooked, but these were glaring: for instance, a reptile expert refers to "poisonous" snakes. (They're "venomous," actually.) I noticed numerous other mistakes like this that some basic research would have prevented--not trying to nit-pick, but it was so bad that it took me out of the story, and that matters.

Another big problem was the main character, Lucy. It seemed like every other paragraph hit the reader over the head with how Lucy was thinking about her daughter being vulnerable to the big bad world full of sick freaks who want to hurt her. Most of the character development and relationships committed the cardinal writing sin of telling, not showing.

Not only that, but Lucy acted ridiculous and unprofessional every time the Internet was mentioned. For example, we're told that she doesn't use email because she associates it with the child pornography she deals with. (quote: "In her line of work the miracles of modern communication represented danger more than convenience.") Come ON. An FBI agent barely uses email?? That's completely unrealistic, and would not fly in the day-to-day business of a federal law enforcement agency. The greater part of her job is online stuff, and yet she can't seem to distinguish between the sordid corners of the cyberworld and perfectly mainstream social networking or online dating sites.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By umae on December 27, 2012
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First things first..this is not a police procedural, it is a 300+ page super hero comic...Agent Lucy is not just some FBI agent...she is a superagent and probably was part of the Marvel's Avengers team before taking up her new position in the FBI.

What can I say..the lady is attacked/injured so many times in 3 days and yet there she is - waiting to get back to work..never mind the hospitalized young daughter who might have cancer or that 6 inch metal shrapnel removed from her body..superagent Lucy goes on...this book is like one of those tasteless action movies where the hero is still standing after being attacked a 100 definitely will provide some comic relief to real life FBI agents who have probably not faced a fraction of what she has in their entire career.

The author is too lazy to do some actual background work, so in this half baked story halfway thru the book you already know who the culprit is(like you couldn't guess it already) and the second half is pure torture...y did I even bother reading till the end?? Well seeing the rating here I thought there must be something somewhere that must b totally worth it...such a huge letdown :(

I didn't buy this from Amazon but the rating here definitely influenced me into reading it. I just can't understand how this got a 4+ rating.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By carriemak on February 11, 2011
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Snake Skin kept my interest the whole time. Lots of twists and turns I didn't see coming. This book made me want to read it all in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down. Just when I thought I had it figured out, BOOM! , another twist. Keep up the excitement CJ Lyons and thanks for writing such an intriguing book.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline on February 4, 2012
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But the book required an almost total suspension of disbelief for me. Plus I don't like to be blindsided by so much GORE that just keeps on coming! By the end, it was like a zombie book where you just couldn't kill the zombie. And the heroine, who I really liked, was turned into a huge Mary Sue - perfect husband, family, etc. Well, it couldn't have been too perfect considering what put her daughter in the hospital, and really? what a way to get your way...for the daughter.

However my biggest concern is the lens through which modern fiction is viewing women. We are given two choices here - one is that mothers are monsters and create monsters, and the other is that mothers are indestructable machines. I was disturbed by the very lack of disturbance our main character exibits. She - in my opinion - would have, should have been waaaay more traumatized at the breakneck speed in which she sped through her miraculous superwoman scenarios. A piece of shrapnel in her back? Simply sew it up, check on the daughter and back to work - she suffers numerous psychological and pysical traumas and somehow just keeps getting up to rush.... back to work.

Which, in its own way, is no more appealing as a female role model than the mother who creates monsters. She seemed driven to risk her own life, all the while proclaiming how important it was that she did it.

It's not a bad read, and if you approach it like an hour episode of say, Criminal Minds, you'll find it enjoyable. Just don't look to it to define modern feminity!
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