READER'S ROCK LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE VOL 2 ISSUE 4 NOVEMBER 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 9 March 2014 - Page 29

Q&A: Where did you come up with the idea for this type of investigative team? My team of fictional investigators came to life after a unique dinner conversation. Career military, a few of my friends were pumped up about a class they’d taken on an investigative process that focused not just on profiling a particular kind of person, but rather narrowing down the search area for a particular kind of criminal. Greatly simplified, geographic profiling means if you study the criminal patterns (at the crime scene and within the case at large) you’ll find clues that point you toward the area where the criminal most likely lives. It was fascinating but I locked on to a different detail - call it a novelist’s quirk. The part of their stories that caught my attention were the tales of cooperation (or lack thereof) between law enforcement agencies. Even different departments within the same agency often had trouble sharing the right information to close a case quickly. And thus, RC Investigations showed up, bigger than life, in my imagination and eventually made it onto the page. The Informant: A dead body is no way to start the day... a fake marriage makes it a special brand of hell. When her witness is murdered, DEA Agent Hannah Thalberg knows she's the next target. The only way she can stay close to the case is to lie about getting married and hope her one-time lover goes along with the deception. Karl 'Bart' Bartholomew's Army career ended his first marriage before an injury ended his career. Now the owner of a popular truck stop, he stays close to the