Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller

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For readers of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, and James Patterson:

A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller #1

Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her ...

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Overview

For readers of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, and James Patterson:

A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller #1

Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad.

A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life.

Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious and cunning than any she's ever tackled before, one who forces Lucy to choose between the life of the young victim she is fighting to save and her own daughter's....and Lucy's dream life is shattered.

Other books in the series:

Blood Stained (A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller #2)

Kill Zone (A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller #3)

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"Combine Dirty Harry with a loving wife and mother and you might end up with Lucy Guardino…You won't be able to put this one down." 4 1/2 stars, RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939038234
  • Publisher: Edgy Reads
  • Publication date: 5/5/2015
  • Series: Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers Series, #1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Her novels have won the International Thriller Writers’ prestigious Thriller Award, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Readers’ Choice Award, the RT Seal of Excellence, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net

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Chapter 1

FRIDAY: 2:18 PM

She stroked the tip of her thumbnail against her tongue, testing. Not sharp enough. Yet.

Nibbling the edge, enjoying the crunch of keratin against enamel, Ashley propped both elbows on the table and hunched forward. Other than the old guy behind the counter giving her an oogly-woogly pervert stare, the Tastee Treet was empty.

It was your typical hotdog shack. Cracked vinyl booths crowded the dining area, waiting to be filled by squealing cheerleaders and boasting football players after Friday night football games. A fifties-style melamine radio behind the counter warbled some tune older than even Ashley’s parents, something about fast cars and fast boys and the dangers of loving them, punctuated by the sizzle and pop of the fryer.

No sign of Bobby. She couldn’t help but glance behind her, out to the gravel parking lot, even though she knew she’d hear his car easily through the Plexiglas windows and plywood walls. Her stomach knotted with anticipation—he was so handsome, and God, those eyes, they saw right into her soul—would he like her once they finally met in person?

Would he be disappointed? Think she was too young? Too immature? Worry gnawed at her as she raised a finger to her mouth. No. She’d outgrown that nasty habit. There wasn’t room in her life for any of that. Not once she and Bobby made their escape.

She glanced at her watch before removing it, then slid it over the top of the chrome and glass peppershaker. The last vestige of her past, it had served her well. Despite taking three buses and walking half a mile, she was still ten minutes early.

Each leg of the journey had left her feeling buoyant, discarding bits and pieces of herself the way her father’s beloved creepy snakes shed their skin. As if her old life was made up of fourteen years’ worth of flaky, parchment-thin memories that she’d out-grown and left behind to crumble into dust and blow away.
“Did you want to order anything, miss?” the counter guy asked, startling her. His face was shadowed by a Steelers ball cap pulled low. She’d felt his stare ever since she entered.

The grease-laden aroma of French fries and burgers perfumed the air, making her stomach growl. She ignored it. It was important to stay in control. “No. I’m just waiting for someone.”

Control. She adjusted the watch, centering it exactly, brushing stray pepper grains away, trying to deny her flutter of anxiety. And failing.
Abandoning the watch, she spread her palms flat on the table top, her breath coming in fast, sharp gasps. What if Bobby thought she was ugly? What if he didn’t like her? What if...

She turned her left hand palm up, slashing her thumbnail against the bare skin of her wrist.

Ahhh... Relief sighed through her at the sight of the red welt, the tiny beads of crimson, the oh-so straight and precise line.

Staring at her blood, she was able to breathe again.

Her tongue slid between her teeth and lips as the urge to taste the blood became overwhelming. Just this once. She would quit after she and Bobby were together. Promise.

Flexing her wrist, she forced another small dot of crimson to the surface. So shiny, so wet.

She held her wrist perfectly steady, denying the tremors vibrating beneath her skin, a current of palpable electricity. Her stomach tensed with anticipation as each beat of her heart made the red blossoms shudder.

Not yet...not yet. She was in control.

Ashley raised her eyes. The geezer at the counter still stared at her. Fuckwad. He had to be as old as her father. Double fuckwad. She sharpened her gaze into a deadly glare. He flinched, looked away. Lech.

Bobby should be here any moment. Escape was almost at hand. She’d been such a good girl, waiting, controlling her impulse to cut and run.

She carefully rolled her sleeve back, exposing the other trophies her control had won. Each scar a triumph. Each scar a time she hadn’t run screaming out into the night or thrown herself in front of a bus or jumped from a bridge.

Each scar reminding her that she could win, that she mattered, that somewhere inside this cold, numb husk, she was alive.

Raising her wrist, she slowly, with gentle flicks, not wasting a drop, licked the blood. Still warm, so salty as it slipped across her tongue, down her throat.

Sometimes, she felt like she was floating outside her body, searching for another life. Cutting helped her reconnect, grounding her, even if she did always find herself right back where she started. Same old body, same old life.

Same nowhere future.

This was her last time. Promise. As soon as Bobby came to rescue her, she’d never do it again. Never need to. As soon as Bobby got here, everything would be fine.

He’d promised.

“Excuse me, miss?” It was the scuzzy counter guy, leaning over her, bending much too close as he reached for the napkin dispenser.
Ashley tried to pull away but he had her pinned against the side of the booth. His arm brushed the back of her neck, caressing her hair. Pervert.

“Hey, back off!” Something sharp jabbed her neck. “What the—”

Disappointment trumped her fear for one impossibly long instant. She’d never get to see Bobby…. then the ramifications of that fleeting thought flash-froze her with terror.

“Don’t be afraid,” he said, sliding down to sit beside her, his arm wrapping her in an embrace impossible to escape. Not with her entire body turning to melted jello, soft and mushy, and swimming away from her.

It took a few seconds for his words to penetrate as she tried to speak and failed, the only thing emerging a trail of drool. She slumped against him, her head lolling to one side, the taste of blood lingering, fresh on her tongue. Bobby, where was Bobby?

“Don’t worry, Ashley,” he said as her vision danced with kaleidoscope colors. “I’m here to save you.”

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    A HEART THUMPING THRILLER!!SNAKE SKIN BY C.J.LYONS!!

    SNAKE SKIN by C.J.Lyons is a heart thumping thriller set in present day Pittsburgh.It is written with depth,details,twists and turns.It has snakes,child predators,FBI agents,crimes against children,sacrifices,adventure to save the children,suspense,and a heart pumping action.It is action packed and fast paced from the first page to the last.Special Agent Guardino,is an FBI sexual assault felony enforcement squad agent,a wife,a soccer Mom,juggles family and work,she is a friend and loathes child predators.She will have to choose her daughter and the life of the young child she is trying to save...what a life scattering decision one no mother or special officer should have to make.This is a seat on the edge of your seat action thriller that will leave you looking under your bed,in your closets and questioning things around your children.If you enjoy fast paced,with kick butt characters this is a Do not miss read.I would highly recommend this story.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at Create Space and My Book Addiction and More.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    A Must Read!!

    In CJ Lyons' Snake Skin, we meet Supervisory Special Agent Lucia Guardino who is part of the FBI's Sexual Assault Enforcement squad that handles crimes against children. Lucy has just transferred to Pittsburg, Pa. - with her husband, Nick, and daughter, Megan - to assume the lead of her new unit. Lucy is an amazingly strong woman. In addition to balancing relationships with her husband and her daughter, she's leading her squad in the apprehension of child predators. They've just wrapped up a case when another child goes missing. It's a race against time. Lucy must coordinate this case across multiple jurisdictions and is up against an extremely cunning predator. Snake Skin grabbed me right at the beginning and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. It is an edgy thriller, full of suspense with lots of twists and turns. At various times I was cringing or gasping and always rooting for Lucy and her team. I loved the detail in this story and the strength and depth of the characters. In addition to Snake Skin, I've read four other CJ Lyons novels and recommend all of them. If you love thrillers, you too will become a CJ Lyons fan! I received this novel from the author for the purpose of providing a review.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Do not want to put down!

    This is another great book by Ms. Lyons that keeps you on the edge of your seat through the entire book. Agent Guardino is a wonderfully strong character in both her business and family life. I would definitely recommend this book! A great read!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Wow, What a ride!

    CJ Lyons knack for creating strong female characters is amazing. Following around Agent Guardino during her race to save a victim is intense and suspensful. Itwas hard to put down! I would LOVE to see more of Agent Guardino!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Wow - a must read that keeps you on the edge of your seat!

    Yes, the title suggests snakes and they are there. It had so many twists, turns and stuff going on you were never bored always waiting for more. I can't wait to read more books by this great author - C.J. Lyons. It was my first read of this author and it won't be my last.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Great!

    This was a really good book to read. Although this book is 900+ pages, it held my interest throughout the whole book. I am looking forward to reading more C.J. Lyons books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Great Read

    Once again, a CJ Lyons book I could not put down. I read it in one sitting and it was at once terrifying, thrilling, and a look into what is normal in the lives of FBI agents. It is also a look into the life of the girl that FBI Agent Lucy Guardino is trying to find and of the choice she faces when confronting the man who has kidnapped the girl.

    There are scenes featuring snakes that are not recommended for those who may have issues with snakes (even reading about them), they fit the story and give it an extra oomph.

    I look forward to reading more of Ms. Lyons' books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Wow

    Kept me riveted from the first page to the last. Will certainly buy more books by Ms. Lyons

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Great book

    Couldnt put this one down. Will look for more from this author.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    What a wonderful book!

    If you have never read a book by C.J, you are missing out on some great books! Snake Skin is a high speed thriller that makes you gasp for breath and forces your heart to race like a train. It is non stop action and suspense. The characters are so real and fasincating you want to keep reading. I was so sorry when it ended. C.J. I want more!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Amazingling real

    This story grabs you from the beginning and takes you on a wild ride and it doesn't let you go till the very last page

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    FANTASTIC READ!!

    It grabs you in the first few pages and doesn't let go! Not suprised tho because I love everything she writes!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Martha

    As always C. j. Lyons delivers another exciting on the edge of your seat thriller. You can 't read it fast enough but are sad when it ends. Please keep them coming because I believe I have become one of your biggest fans!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2015

    Suspensile..be sure to read this one.

    I could hardly put this book down. It makes you stop and think about all that can happen to others and not realize it could happen to any one of us.This is a startling read, and recall the mistakes we make with our children and hope for the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Edge of your seat thriller

    This is the first book I've read by this author but it certainly won't be the last. Couldn't put it down. Wonderful characters and intense action from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    GREAT AUTHOR....Delivers Every Time!

    Just discovered C. J. Lyons a couple of weeks ago, and this is my fifth book. I haven't had a disappointing one yet. I read all the Caitlyn Tierney series and enjoyed them thoroughly. She writes a mystery thriller that just never slows down. Her characters are well developed and believable. You get hooked really fast, so excuse me....I need to grab my nook and get the next one in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Ok

    The snake issue was really a red herring and she never connected what her stepfather's profession had to do with the snakes. The storyline was a little thin and forced. Ok for a quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    What a great book!

    This is the first book I have read of hers and I was not disappointed. It was a very fast paced book where you never got bogged down and it is over 900 pages. That's really hard to do. You really got to "feel" these characters. Their emotions were like a rollercoaster ride. There was so much action and drama. I love thrillers, and this really fit the bill.
    I'll definitely be reading more of this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Difficult to put down

    Very good book.

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