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
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!