The story so far...
In LOVE ME TO DEATH, Lucy was a suspect in the murder of one of her rapists who, unknown to her, had been released early from prison and found executed only miles from where she lived in Washington, DC. When she found out her family lied in a failed effort to protect her, she turned to private investigator Sean Rogan for help. In KISS ME, KILL ME while Sean and Lucy are in New York City looking for Sean’s missing teen-age cousin, they end up helping the FBI solve the case of the Cinderella Strangler. After these adventures, Sean and Lucy take a vacation in IF I SHOULD DIE, where they uncover dark secrets in a small Adirondacks town.
Lucy is thrilled when she’s finally accepted into the FBI Academy! While she’s waiting for her session to start, she worked as an analyst under the watchful eye of Special Agent Noah Armstrong. When the mistress of a congressman ends up dead, Lucy connects the murder with the deaths of several high priced call girls in SILENCED. Finally at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Lucy’s mentor asks her to help with a cold case in STALKED—that may be connected to the murder of a true crime writer who was looking into Lucy’s own tragic past. In STOLEN, Sean risks his reputation and his life when he agrees to go undercover for the FBI – by stepping back into his old shoes of computer hacking and theft with his former college friends.
In COLD SNAP, the Kincaid family Christmas reunion is threatened by by murder ... Patrick takes center stage in the first of three murder mysteries when he helps a family friend track down a missing teenager. Lucy, Sean, Kate and Dillon are stuck in a Denver hotel during a blizzard -- with a dead body. And back home in San Diego, Carina Kincaid is taken hostage by a grieving soldier who believes someone killed his sister and needs help to prove it.
Next up is DEAD HEAT -- It's been 14 months since Lucy & Sean's first adventure, and now she's a sworn FBI Agent assigned to San Antonio. One of her first major assignments is a joint task force running Operation Heatwave, a major inter-agency warrant sweep headed up by the DEA. But when one of their targets bolts and they uncover a virtual prison in the basement of his home, it's clear there is something far more insidious going on.
What did Lucy do before her series begins?
Lucy has a small role in SPEAK NO EVIL and SEE NO EVIL, but she's a major character in FEAR NO EVIL where she's kidnapped on her high school graduation and Dillon is the primary character in bringing her home. Still, I don't consider that the first book in her series.
When I decided that Lucy needed her own series, I wanted to start when she was older and on the cusp of achieving her goals. I didn't want to write about a victim, I wanted to write about a survivor who might still have a few issues she needs to deal with. I wanted her to be young enough to have room to grow, but mature enough to drive the stories. Her series starts just before her 25th birthday while she's waiting to hear back about getting into the FBI Academy.
There are two Lucy Kincaid novellas and one short story. "Love is Murder" takes place a year before LOVE ME TO DEATH, but it's a stand along mystery. It's available by itself digitally, or in print with IF I SHOULD DIE. "Reckless" takes place immediately after STALKED, but like "Love is Murder," it is a stand alone story. It's also printed in COLD SNAP. "Vacation Interrupted" is a short story in the anthology LOVE IS MURDER and also stands alone. It takes place in the timeline between SILENCED and STALKED. This story will be posted on my website in May 2014 as a free story! Stay tuned!
I want to catch up on all the Kincaid's! Where do I start?
My first 12 books had many recurring characters. More details are below, but I've pulled out the books with main characters in the Kincaid family -- or with characters who become main characters in the Kincaid books:
THE HUNT (Sheriff Nick Thomas is an important secondary character; he's the hero of SPEAK NO EVIL)
SPEAK NO EVIL (Detective Carina Kincaid; Sheriff Nick Thomas)
SEE NO EVIL (P.I. Connor Kincaid; Prosecutor Julia Chandler)
FEAR NO EVIL (Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Dillon Kincaid; rogue FBI Agent Kate Donovan -- Jack is introduced in this book.)
KILLING FEAR (Detective Will Hooper; bar owner Robin McKenna. Will is Carina's partner and Carina and Dillon both have important secondary roles in this book.)
PLAYING DEAD (FBI Agent Mitch Bianchi; PI Claire O'Brien. Nelia Kincaid has a secondary role in this book; FBI Agent Megan Elliott has a secondary role as the ex-wife and boss of hero Mitch. Rogan-Caruso Protective Services is Claire's employer and it's the first time the organization or the Rogan's are introduced.)
SUDDEN DEATH (Mercenary Jack Kincaid; FBI Agent Megan Elliott; Patrick and Dillon both make appearances.)
FATAL SECRETS (The Rogan family is introduced as minor characters in this book)
CUTTING EDGE (Duke Rogan; FBI Agent Nora English -- Sean Rogan is an important secondary character.)
Rogan-Caruso-Kincaid Protective Services (RCK)
The first mention of Rogan-Caruso was in PLAYING DEAD. They next pop up in a small way in SUDDEN DEATH and FATAL SECRETS. In the Lucy Kincaid novella "Love is Murder," it's noted that Patrick works for a private security company with his brother Jack, though it doesn't mention Rogan-Caruso by name. The first mention of adding "Kincaid" to Rogan-Caruso is in LOVE ME TO DEATH, where it's explained that Jack first, then Patrick, joined Rogan-Caruso. The firm therefore is known as RCK because Rogan-Caruso-Kincaid Protective Services is certainly a mouthful!
Patrick Kincaid and Sean Rogan were partners running the East Coast branch (RCK East) in LOVE ME TO DEATH.
Characters & Book Trivia
It’s been seven years since Lucy Kincaid was kidnapped from her high school graduation, raped and nearly killed while thousands of people watched on the Internet. Though the journey hasn’t been easy, she’s has always had the support of her large, Irish-Cuban family. She graduated from Georgetown with a Masters degree in criminal psychology. Though she had been a dancer and swimmer while growing up, after her kidnapping everything changed and she was determined to become an FBI Agent. The road hasn’t been easy. She’s interned in several positions during and after college, including a year with the U.S. Senate and a year with the D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office. After initially being denied admittance into the FBI Academy, she finally graduated and has been assigned to the San Antonio Field Office. The youngest of seven, she was raised in San Diego and is romantically involved with private investigator Sean Rogan.
After his parents were killed in a small plane crash when he was 14, Sean—who had always been prone to getting into trouble while also being a computer genius—rebelled while being raised by his older brother Duke. After being admitted to Stanford University early, he hacked into their system and exposed one of his professors as a pedophile. But the crimes he committed to do so put him on the hot seat with the FBI and his brother. He graduated from MIT, and came back to Sacramento seeking his brother’s approval and his rightful place as a principal of RCK. After years of working for Duke was he finally given the position of running RCK East with Lucy’s brother Patrick. Sean thinks the law is more of a guideline, and will do anything to help those he cares about or anyone he feels is bullied or victimized. He led a wild and carefree life, but found a higher purpose when he fell in love with Lucy. When she was transferred to San Antonio, he left his position with RCK to join her.
After his nephew Justin was killed, Patrick dropped his dream of playing in major league baseball and became a cop instead. He started the first e-crimes unit in San Diego. During the search for Lucy seven years ago, Patrick was nearly killed during an explosion. When he woke up from a two-year coma, technology had passed him by, and he joined RCK at the urging of his brother Jack. Patrick and Sean became fast friends, and partners in RCK East. Though Patrick initially disapproved of Sean’s relationship with his sister Lucy, he came around and is now supportive.
After his parents were killed in a plane crash 16 years ago, he took the responsibility of raising his then-14-year-old brother Sean. He’s one of the co-founders of Rogan-Caruso-Kincaid Protective Services. He’s married to FBI Agent Nora English and lives in Sacramento, California.
Dr. Dillon Kincaid
A forensic psychiatrist who consults for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. He travels extensively to interview violent predators and is an expert witness. Lucy lived with Dillon and Kate while she attended Georgetown, and Dillon worked with her to help her recover from her attacks. Dillon has always been quietly supportive of Lucy.
An FBI Agent currently teaching cybercrime at Quantico. Kate’s had her own troubles with the FBI when she went rogue to hunt down her partner’s killer, but after being demoted and reprimanded, she regained her badge. She helped locate and rescue Lucy seven years ago, and is now married to Dillon. She was raised by elderly grandparents and didn’t have much of a family life; she thinks of Lucy as her own sister, and Lucy is closer to Kate than her own two sisters.
Estranged from his family for nearly two decades after a major military disagreement in Panama with his father, an Army Colonel, while Jack was in Special Forces, Jack returned seven years ago to help his twin brother Dillon find Lucy after her kidnapping. Since, he has grown closer to his family. He’s a principal for RCK specializing in hostage rescue and personal security, and lives in Sacramento with his wife, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Megan Elliott Kincaid.
The middle child. Former cop turned P.I. with his brother in law, Nick Thomas. Married to prosecutor Julia Chandler.
Born closely after Connor and before Patrick, a detective with San Diego Police Department, she’s married to former Sheriff Nick Thomas. Close friends with her partner, Detective Will Hooper.
The oldest Kincaid, divorced from San Diego District Attorney Andrew Stanton 18 years ago, after the murder of their only son, Justin. Left San Diego and was estranged from the family for more than a decade before reconnecting a few years ago.
Rogan-Caruso-Kincaid Protective Services
Based in Sacramento, California with an office in Washington DC (RCK East), they originally started as Rogan-Caruso, founded by JT Caruso (ex-Navy SEAL) and Kane Rogan (former Marine.) When Kane wanted to stay in the field, he turned the day-to-day management over to his brother Duke, who specializes in corporate security. Early cases focused on hostage rescue in countries south of the border, where Kane continues to operate. Since, they’ve expanded into all areas of personal and corporate security, and added “Kincaid” to the name when Jack Kincaid agreed to work with them.
The Kincaid Family
San Diego, California
The Kincaid Family moved from military base to military base until shortly after Lucy was born, when Colonel Kincaid was stationed permanently in San Diego. Tragedy struck when the oldest daughter Nelia’s son Justin, who was the same age as Lucy, was kidnapped from his bedroom and murdered. That seemingly random act of violence changed the Kincaid Family forever.
Other Characters & Trivia
In THE HUNT, Nick Thomas was Sheriff of Gallatin County, Montana, and was captured by a serial killer while hunting him down. In SPEAK NO EVIL, still reeling from the injuries he sustained and wondering if he should run for re-election, Nick goes to San Diego when his brother is a murder suspect. There he meets Detective Carina Kincaid and together they work to prove Nick's brother is innocent … or guilty.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Megan Elliott works out of the Sacramento FBI as the SSA in charge of violent crime. She has a small role in PLAYING DEAD where she's introduced as the ex-wife of hero Mitch Bianchi. She and Mitch are still friends, but she's also his supervisor which causes problems. In SUDDEN DEATH, Megan takes front stage when a homeless veteran is found murdered, and she eventually ends up working with Jack Kincaid when one of his closest friends is murdered in a similar fashion. Now, Megan is married to Jack and they live in Sacramento, California.
Will Hooper, San Diego PD Detective
Will Hooper has been Carina's partner for more than seven years, as well as friends. In fact, Will and Patrick Kincaid were very close until Patrick's coma (FEAR NO EVIL) and subsequent move to DC. Will plays a role in SPEAK NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL, and then stars in KILLING FEAR when a killer he helped put away breaks out of San Quentin during an earthquake and puts Will's former lover, Robin McKenna, in his sights.
Dean Hooper, ASAC Sacramento FBI
Here's a funny story about Dean … When I was writing KILLING FEAR, Will Hooper has a conversation with Hans Vigo about his brother, Dean Hooper--who Hans knows very well. Fast forward to FATAL SECRETS nearly two years later, and I wrote Dean's book when he comes to Sacramento from Washington DC while hunting down a criminal through the White Collar Crimes division. The problem? Apparently I edited out the conversation in the final draft. But in my head, Will and Dean were always brothers--they had simply grown apart. Will makes an appearance at the end of FATAL SECRETS.
Hans Vigo, FBI
Dr. Hans Vigo has done it all--he's been a profiler, taught at Quantico, and was an assistant director at FBI headquarters. He's been a character--on or off the page--in virtually all of my books, starting with the first THE PREY. Hans was the character who was always supposed to die … but I never was able to kill him off. I fully intended to kill him in KILLING FEAR, but couldn't bring myself to do it. He's been a mentor to many of my FBI characters, including Megan Elliott (SUDDEN DEATH) and Kate Donovan (FEAR NO EVIL.) Because of their similar backgrounds in psychiatry, and a mutual respect, Hans and Dillon Kincaid have become close friends.
Tom Blade, SWAT Team Leader
Tom was introduced in SPEAK NO EVIL where he was part of a hostage rescue that included Nick Thomas and Carina Kincaid. It was fun to bring him back in COLD SNAP!
Justin is Lucy's nephew, three months older than Lucy, who was murdered when they were seven. He's the son of the oldest Kincaid, Nelia, and her former husband, San Diego District Attorney Andrew Stanton. I receive a lot of reader mail about whether Lucy will ever solve Justin's murder. The answer is … maybe. I have an idea, but it's a matter of time and the right premise. If I solve this crime, it will be Lucy who figures it out.
Andrew Stanton, San Diego County District Attorney
I actually feel sorry for Andrew in some ways. He would have made a good hero--and maybe someday I'll write a story about him. He and Nelia were involved in law school and Nelia got pregnant. They liked each other and got married, but they didn't love each other. Their entire life revolved around their son, Justin, and their jobs--Andrew a prosecutor and Nelia a corporate attorney. They were young, and Andrew had a clandestine affair that Nelia knew about and as long as he kept it secret, she didn't really care. She had her son and her job and was content, if not happy. When Justin was murdered, their entire life fell apart and ended in divorce, because they didn't have the love to survive his murder. Andrew threw himself into his job, later ran for District Attorney. The Kincaid's tolerate him, but have never really included him back into the family--and he didn't care to try and stay. He has a small role in several of my books, and also shows up in COLD SNAP.
Pets in my books
My followers on Facebook know that I love animals and have a dog, two cats, and a pet chicken. But most of my characters don't have pets. I've wondered why that is -- and I think it's because they are so busy it's not fair to take care of animals. However, there are a few … Claire O'Brien in PLAYING DEAD rescues dogs. Her vet, Dr. Jim, makes house calls. Want to know a bit of trivia here? "Dr. Jim" was modeled after James Rollins, a very popular thriller writer, who is also a vet -- and had been my vet before we were both published.
In SUDDEN DEATH, Megan Elliott has a cat named Mouse. My best friend while working in the legislature had a cat named Mouse, and I just loved it. Megan didn't want a pet, but she ended up becoming attached to the cat.
In SILENCED, Lucy adopts the cat of a murder victim. Originally, I planned to name the orange and white cat Nemo after my own orange and white cat. However, as the book progressed, Sean ended up naming the cat Chip for story reasons. When Lucy moved to Quantico while training for the FBI (in STALKED), Sean and Lucy's sister-in-law Kate Donovan share Chip.
Questions? Contact Allison.