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September 19, 2023
This is a one-sitting read!” —Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector and The Watchmaker’s Hand
The Taken Ones is the first full-length novel in a new series featuring BCA cold case agent Evangeline “Van” Reed and BCA forensic scientist Harry Reed. They have an Odd Couple/Mulder and Scully vibe, and the series is best described as cold case meets urban legend.
This new series was born when my brilliant editor at Thomas & Mercer, Jessica Tribble Wells, asked me in 2021 if I wanted to write a short story. When I tell you I'd rather go to the dentist, gynecologist, and DMV every day for a week than write a short story...truly, if anyone else had asked, I'd have said no.
But it was Jessica. If you know her, you know. So I said yes with not a thought in my head as to what I'd write. You've heard those stories of authors who sit down to write a story, and it just flows from their fingertips? I’ve always been annoyed by them, too, so imagine my surprise when that's what happened with this short story. I was poolside in Costa Rica, and out poured "Catch Her in a Lie,” the first case featuring BCA cold case agent Evangeline “Van” Reed and BCA forensic scientist Harry Steinbeck.
I loved that short story. I loved Van and Harry. But I figured that was our brief fling, and we were all moving on. Then Jessica came back. Asked if I wanted to write a whole series featuring them. I hesitated for exactly one minute—it's been years since I wrote a series, the police procedural angle is outside my comfort zone—but I wanted to hang with Harry and Van again. He's fussy, brilliant, and decent; she's messy, intuitive, and made of steel. They're both hiding secrets. That’s my jam! So I dug in.
“Twists and turns you don’t see coming make for a real page-turner.” —Kirkus Reviews
September 9, 2023
To be honored by the community I love is humbling, and it's extra special because I love this book so much (secret: I don't love all of 'em ☺️, and I'm not gonna tell you which are not my faves. Ok, fine. I think May Day is kinda stinky, but it's fine for a first book, and I truly believe writing it saved me.
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