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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: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (763 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --chicklitplus.com/snake-skin-cj-lyons/

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 --mysterythriller.tv/snakeskin-by-cj-lyons/

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!

CJ

More About the Author

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

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).

Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net

Customer Reviews

Action packed, strong, well written characters and a great story.
Kate Fredericks
This book is not you typical book where you figure out who did it shortly after starting the book,it has a lot of twists & turns that keep you in the story.
Amazon Customer
Once I started the book I couldn't put it down and read it in one night finished at 3 am.
Denyb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By K. Sommerkamp on April 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have to say, I love CJ Lyons medical dramas. Being a pretty diehard romance fan, I haven't branched out into her other thriller books before. Snake Skin has definitely changed my mind. I tore my way through this book in one day (while my schoolwork and house went sadly neglected) and loved every minute of it. The characters are believable and relatable and the plotline just keeps moving like a freight train. The ending left a little to be desired, but I'm assuming this is the first of a series, which justifies everything not being tied up with a pretty bow. Can't wait to read more from this author!
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146 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book that I have read by CJ Lyons. And it will not be my last. This book held my attention from beginning to end. Literally. I read the book in one sitting. This book is not you typical book where you figure out who did it shortly after starting the book,it has a lot of twists & turns that keep you in the story. The lead Lucy Guardino struggles to balance her job as an FBI agent with the role of mother and wife. This is an action packed thriller that will leave you wanting more. Can't wait to get my hands on another CJ Lyons book.
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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful By April A. Renn 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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94 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Sesame on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Raspberry G. on May 9, 2012
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Sorry folk. I cannot believe the reviews that this book has generated. I read this book, that is, as much as I could stand, and found it lacking in every single characteristic that one needs in a readable book.
1. Silly, silly plot.
2. Poorly researched. In the opening scene 2 characters are fighting in a body of water. There are snakes all around and the book claims the snakes are all fighting with one another. Anyone who has handled snakes with any level of competence knows they rarely acknowledge one another, let alone "fight" with one another.
3. Ragged descriptions of place and time, so the reader never quite knows where he/she is.
4. Too much "telling what happened" instead of letting the characters and the action depict the story. This is laziness on the writer's part.
5. Undeveloped, uncomplicated characters. Single dimension characters, mainly.
7. Participles galore. Split infinitives. Poor and colloquial language usage, even when the characters are not speaking or thinking. Does no one care about these things?
6. A waste of time.

Do not say you have not been warned, if you are seduced by the 99 cent price. Instead, my recommendation is to go read "The Abbey" it's inexpensive and very good. Same genre.

Limit your suffering.
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