Praise for CJ Lyons’ FBI Thrillers:
"A high stakes adventure with dire consequences." ~New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
"A compelling new voice in thriller writing…I love how the characters come alive on every page." ~New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver
"Everything a great thriller should be―action packed, authentic, and intense." ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
"Highly engaging characters, heart-stopping scenes…one great rollercoaster ride that will not be stopping anytime soon." ~Bookreporter.com
"Storylines as hypnotic as the characters are magnetic...(Lyons) delights and satisfies." ~National Examiner
5 out of 5 stars: "CJ Lyons imparts such realism, it is hard not to become emotionally invested. Intense. Edgy. Believable. Highly recommend!" ~Best Fiction Books on SNAKE SKIN
TOP PICK! 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 on SNAKE SKIN
"An action packed thriller from page one! An amazing fast paced story with characters that jump off the page and capture your heart. A must read!" ~My Book Addiction on BLOOD STAINED
"In true CJ Lyons fashion, this book pulls no punches. It’s an in-your-face, no-holds-barred story depicting the cruel world of murder and drugs. As with all of her other books, CJ Lyons never disappoints. This book was a true page turner and I didn’t want to put it down. She is a brilliant writer and storyteller both, which is not often found in an author. I am already looking forward to her next novel!" BookingIt.net on KILL ZONE
"This tale is not for the faint of heart, for this is a tale of dark human emotions. A must read for anyone who enjoys high-octane emotions with realistic characters and an intriguing storyline." ~My Book Addiction on HARD FALL
"A powerful taut thriller" ~Mystery Gazette
"Lyons proves once again that she is a master of suspense." ~RT Book Reviews
"Tinged with a compelling sense of dread, there are echoes of Kathy Reichs here, but Lyons has her own distinctive voice, and one that is a little more compassionate. She allows her female protagonist to become much more than just a woman in peril." ~Daily Mail
"Smart and intriguing, and her character development is so incredible that she leaves me literally breathless waiting to see what will happen next." ~Becky Lejeune, Bookbitch.com
From the Author
Lisa: I think one of the appeals of my detective, D.D. Warren and CJ's FBIagent Lucy Guardino, is that they face real world issues readers canrelate to. So, on the one hand, maybe our readers haven't tracked down a serial killer lately. On the other hand, having a job with demandinghours, or missing their kid's soccer game yet again, or falling in bedexhausted every night from all the stresses of the day, hits close tohome.
CJ: I agree. I think most women these days arestruggling to have it all--and somehow that seems wrong. It's not aneither/or question. If you don't "have it all" (whatever "all" means!)it doesn't mean that you've failed in any way. I love that both D.D. and Lucy sometimes screw up the whole work/family teeter-totter balance,but they never give up.
Lisa: Can you have it all? I'mnot sure any of us really know. But D.D. and Lucy's determination to at least try, makes them both admirable and interesting to us.
CJ: One of my favorite scenes from your FEAR NOTHING was when the bad guyis threatening D.D.'s family and all she wants to do is go after him,but she's torn because she also needs to take care of her family--andherself, since she's wounded. I think so many women forget thatimportant bit--including Lucy, this is where she's always screwing up,putting herself last and then running out of strength right when sheneeds it most, but thankfully her husband, Nick is always there to carefor her.
Anyway, what I loved about the scene was that D.D. isall bristling Xena Warrior Princess and yet is so worried about howpowerless she feels bringing this evil into her home, and Alex simplytakes her hand and moves to stand beside her, shoulder to shoulder. I so loved that solidarity. It said it all about their relationship.
Lisa: In fiction, as in real life, opposites attract. When D.D. is maimed and can't return to work, she's forced to really deal with the household,her own insecurities and her own vulnerabilities. Naturally, she'sterrible at it. Alex, on the other hand, is brilliant at coaxing herthrough, and trying to get her to understand that patience really can be a virtue. He's a wise man and truly tough to survive Hurricane D.D.
CJ: I love that, Hurricane D.D.! We should totally submit that to NOAA! Ilove how both D.D. and Lucy are just as passionate about their jobs andthe victims they protect as they are their families.
Butsometimes you have to make a choice, as Lucy does in AFTER SHOCK. I setit up so she's in a no-win situation. Any decision she makes is going to be the wrong one and put both her family and her career at risk. Shefaces the kind of dilemma that I love torturing characters with: is itokay to do all the wrong things for all the right reasons? Can you still be a hero after playing God like that?
Lisa: I love thewhole Machiavellian concept of does the end justify the means. On theone hand, if the rules don't matter, what's the point of being a cop?On the other hand, when a killer breaks into her home in FEAR NOTHING,D.D.'s not thinking so much about legal boundaries, as she's considering doing anything and everything possible to stop this threat to herfamily. Preferably with three shots to center mass.
CJ: I think, unlike some thriller characters who have bullets bouncing offthem, creating characters like Lucy and D.D. who are real and vulnerable and fallible and...well, human...allows readers to still enjoy thevicarious thrill and entertainment while also providing somethought-provoking moments. I love making my readers pause and think: What would I do if this happened to me or my family?
Lisa: Right. I think we're all drawn to that thrill of wondering what wouldwe do? If our family was threatened? If a serial killer were stalkingus?
Also, one of the big appeals of suspense is that even thedarkest story line is ultimately about empowerment and closure. Ourcharacters not only consider how to outsmart a killer, they do it.Using their own wits and determination and sheer grit. And that's funto read about. You want the good to win, the strong to survive. Then,as a reader, you turn that final page and get to sleep well at night.Welcome to the value of great entertainment!