Hard Fall (Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers)

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Fifty-nine days ago FBI Special Agent Lucy Guardino had a perfect life...and almost lost it all.

There comes a time in every hero’s life when they fall harder and father than ever before and they face a choice that changes everything: to give up or claw their way back again. Lucy thought she’d made her choice two months ago when she sacrificed everything to save her family, but now she has to decide whether or not she can save herself....

When honor, duty, and family collide...who would you save?

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A Thriller Conversation: Lisa Gardner and CJ Lyons Talk Tough Heroines and the Men Who Love Them.

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!

About the Author:

Pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling thriller writer CJ Lyons has been a storyteller all her life―something that landed her in many time-outs as a kid. She writes her Thrillers with Heart for the same reason that she became a doctor: because she believes we all have the power to change our world. In the ER, she witnessed many acts of courage by her patients and their families, learning that heroes truly are born every day. When not writing, she can be found walking the beaches near her South Carolina Lowcountry home, listening to the voices in her head, and plotting new and devious ways to create mayhem for her characters. To learn more about her go to CJLyons.net.

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