HOLD STILL by Lisa Regan
Three men are viciously assaulting Philadelphia's prostitutes, and it's up to veteran detective Jocelyn Rush to stop them. She catches two, but they won't betray their partner, the most dangerous of all, and the attacks continue, striking closer to home. Jocelyn's only real clue comes when a monster from her past resurfaces--now she must race to connect the demons of her past with the villain of her present--before the sadistic attacker sets his sights on her.
Pacing, Jocelyn loosened the brace on her wrist and rubbed the skin lightly before tightening it again. Exhaustion made her legs ache. It was nearing the end of her shift, but she knew they’d be there well after their shift doing paperwork. She remembered she’d promised Olivia they would go get a Halloween costume in the morning.
“This isn’t right,” Jocelyn said. “Why are they protecting this guy?”
Kevin sighed. “Who cares? It isn’t our problem anyway. Let’s just charge ‘em and leave ‘em down there till SVU picks them up.”
Kevin ran a hand over the thinning hair at his scalp. “Jesus Christ, Rush. With whatever we can. Rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault.”
She stopped pacing and looked at Kevin. “We need the third guy.”
“This is not our case. We’re not going after the third guy. We’re charging these guys, and we’re going home.”
Jocelyn stood before him and put her hands on her hips. She arched her brow until Kevin groaned loudly, leaning back in his chair and looking at the ceiling as if he wished aliens would abduct him right that very second. “What the hell, Rush?”
“When SVU takes over, I want to make sure we did our job.”
Kevin shook his head and looked back at her. “We did our job. Look, we’re not getting the third guy through these two. Did you offer Warner a deal?”
Jocelyn nodded. She rifled through her desk for the bottle of Ibuprofen she kept there. “He’s not taking a deal.”
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AN INTERVIEW WITH LISA
-What made you want to write?
I started writing to try to make sense of my world and things that were happening around me. Then it became an escape—something fun that I could always look forward to. It’s gotten me through many rough times by giving me an outlet.
-What draws you to crime fiction?
My family had a brush with violent crime several years ago and ever since then, I’ve just been drawn to the crime fiction genre. I think it’s my personal crusade to try to understand why people do bad things—even though there are some things that we will simply never understand. It’s hard to come to terms with that.
-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.
Well, the Philadelphia police don’t use 10 codes. They have their own jargon. Also, they don’t have A.P.B.s (All Points Bulletins), they have what is called a GRM (General Radio Memorandum). They call domestic calls “disturbance houses” and cases where someone ends up in the hospital “hospital cases”. I tried to incorporate as much authentic jargon as I could but some things I had to make more generic, like the stuff you’d hear on television, because otherwise it would be too confusing and bog down the narrative.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Probably Kassidy Bishop from my second novel, Aberration. Since she is an FBI profiler, I’d love to pick her brain. LOL.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Keep writing. Keep honing your craft. It’s the most important thing. As writers in the 21st century we tend to get bogged down by social media and caught up in online writing-related activities but forget to spend enough time actually writing. Always try to improve. There is always something you can learn from other writers. Read within your genre—be mindful of what’s working and what’s not; of how the accomplished writers in your genre are doing it; what readers are interested in.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Young adult. I admire YA writers. I don’t know how they can go back to that time period in a person’s life and capture it for exactly what it is with all of its drama and all of its innocence simultaneously. I just know I wouldn’t have what it takes to write in that genre—I don’t think I could write with such subtlety or restraint. I’ve been really surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed the YA books I’ve read in the last couple of years. I think it says something about the great work that’s being done in that genre that so many adults are drawn to it as well.
Lisa Regan is a crime fiction author. Her first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards 2013. It was runner-up for Best Novel. It was also a Digital Book Today Best of 2013 ebook selection. In December 2013, Finding Claire Fletcher and her second novel, Aberration were #1 Amazon bestsellers in the Kidnapping and Serial Killers categories, respectively.
Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
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