A new miniseries from Harlequin Intrigue.
Stopping criminal activity wherever it happens. The agents at the Tactical Crime Division are ready for anything.
More and more, federal law agencies have to mobilize to remote locations to address large-scale crime scenes and criminal activity—terror, hostage situations, kidnappings, shootings and the like. Because of the growing concerns and need for ever increasing response times to these criminal events, the Bureau created a specialized tech and tactical team, combining specialists from several active divisions—weapons, crime scene investigation, protection, negotiation, IT. Because they are a smaller unit, they are more nimble for rapid deployment and assistance to address various situations. This joint team of agents is known as the Tactical Crime Division (TCD).
Cindy Myers became one of the most popular people in eighth grade when she and her best friend wrote a torrid historical romance and passed the manuscript around among friends. Fame was short-lived, alas; the English teacher confiscated the manuscript. Since then, Cindy has written more than 50 published novels. Her historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction have garnered praise from reviewers and readers alike.
The Tactical Crime Division is a specialized unit of the FBI. Did you do any research before writing about this type of fast-paced, high-adrenaline lifestyle?
A: I didn’t read this specifically for this series, but I did recently read Secrets of the FBI by Ronald Kessler. He has a section in his book on TacOps teams in the FBI, which gave me a feel for that kind of operation. And because Running Out of Time deals with an incidence of medication poisoning, I read a lot about the Tylenol poisoning case in 1982. Writing mystery and suspense takes you down so many interesting paths!
The Tactical Crime Division series includes four books written by four different authors; what was it like to collaborate with other authors and how did you decide who got to write each storyline?
A: Harlequin assigned each author to a particular storyline. Since each story is stand-alone, we didn’t all work together closely, though I really enjoyed getting to know Carla, Liz, and Nichole a little better as we emailed back and forth about this project. We were all excited to have been chosen to write these stories. I worked most closely with Nichole since the heroine of Midnight Abduction, Anna Sophia Ramirez, also plays a prominent role in Running Out of Time.
Can you share a recent book you have read that you would like to recommend?
A: So many good books – so little time! And too little space here. Right now, I’m reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63, which deals with time travel and the JFK assassination – fascinating stuff. And I just finished Julie Miller’s Target On Her Back, which I loved.
When a terrorist is on the loose, the Tactical Crime Division is on the case. To find out who poisoned medications, two of TCD’s agents are tapped to go undercover posing as a married couple and infiltrate the company. But as soon as Jace Cantrell and Laura Smith arrive at Stroud Pharmaceuticals, someone ups the ante by planting explosives in their midst. Turns out that the small-town family business is hiding a million secrets. Could they unknowingly be protecting a vengeful killer?