FBI K-9s by Sara Driscoll
FBI handler Meg Jennings and her black Lab Hawk are part of the FBI’s elite Human Scent Evidence Team, part of the Forensic Canine Unit. Their job―find the missing, lost, escaped, or dead. The team as a whole can be deployed at a moment’s notice around the nation to search for missing children, escaped convicts, or to find the victims of natural disasters. With a little under-the-table help from crack Washington Post investigative reporter Clay McCord, they tackle a spree bomber, track down a twisted serial killer with a taste for word games and asphyxiating his victims, and crack a human trafficking ring that is uncovered when a vicious hurricane hits the east coast.
FBI K-9s #1
In the first book in a thrilling new series, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and Hawk, her loyal search-and-rescue Labrador, must race against time as they zero in on one of the deadliest killers in the country . . .
Meg and Hawk are part of the FBI’s elite K-9 unit. Hawk can sniff out bodies anywhere—living or dead—whether it’s tracking a criminal or finding a missing person. When a bomb rips apart a government building on the National Mall in Washington D.C., it takes all of the team’s extensive search-and-rescue training to locate and save the workers and visitors buried beneath the rubble.
But even as the duo are hailed as heroes, a mad bomber remains at large, striking terror across the Eastern seaboard in a ruthless pursuit of retribution. As more bombs are detonated and the body count escalates, Meg and Hawk are brought in to a task force dedicated to stopping the unseen killer. But when the attacks spiral wide and any number of locations could be the next target, it will come down to a battle of wits and survival skills between Meg, Hawk, and the bomber they’re tracking to rescue a nation from the brink of chaos.
Read an excerpt - LONE WOLF – Chapters One to Three
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Reviews and Interviews:
RT Book Reviews: "An exciting angle for genre fans." 4 stars - Book Review: LONE WOLF
RT Book Reviews Author Spotlight: Sara Driscoll
Publishers Weekly: "wonderfully readable series launch" - Fiction Book Review: LONE WOLF
Writers Who Kill Blog: Interview with Jen J. Danna about LONE WOLF and her writing partnership with Ann Vanderlaan
Crimespree Magazine: Jen and Ann talk about their rescued pets
Steph's Book Blog: "a fantastic new series". Book Review: LONE WOLF
CrimeBookJunkie: "This book was highly emotive, gripping, intense and full of suspense from the beginning straight on through to the end! Would I recommend it? OMFG that is a no brainer! Hell yeah, I would!! I loved it so much, it is my current #BookOfTheMonth!" 5 stars
The Reading Room: "The characters are fresh and interesting including the canine ones, the plot is all too plausible in our world today, and the story unfolds in a chilling atmosphere of well-measured suspense." Book Review: LONE WOLF
Bibliophile Book Club: "Pretty much full of action from the outset, I found myself having trouble putting it down. I didn’t want to stop reading it once I started, which is always a good thing." Book Review: LONE WOLF
Campaign for the American Reader: Coffee with a Canine - Ann Vanderlaan and her dogs
Page 69 Test: LONE WOLF
Gumshoe Reviews: "A non-stop narrative." Book Review: LONE WOLF
Patricia Stoltey's Blog: An interview with Jen - Starting All Over From Scratch
Before It's Too Late
FBI K-9s #2
In this powerful K-9 crime thriller, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and her trusted search-and-rescue Labrador, Hawk, must race against the clock before a diabolical killer strikes again…
Somewhere in the Washington, D.C., area, a woman lies helpless in a box. Beneath the earth. Barely breathing. Buried alive. In Quantico, the FBI receives a coded message from the woman’s abductor. He wants to play a game with them: decipher the clues, find the grave, save the girl. The FBI’s top cryptanalysts crack the code, and Special Agent Meg Jennings and her K-9 partner, Hawk, scramble to follow a trail of false leads to the scene of the crime. By the time they solve the puzzle, it’s too late. But the killer’s game is far from over . . .
Soon another message arrives. Another victim is taken, and the deadly pattern is repeated—again and again. Each kidnapping triggers another desperate race against time, each with the possibility of another senseless death. That’s when Meg decides to try something drastic. Break the Bureau’s protocol. Bring in her brilliant sister, Cara, a genius at word games, to decipher the kidnapper’s twisted clues. Meg knows she’s risking her career to do it, but she’s determined not to let one more person die under her and Hawk’s watch. If the plan fails, it could bite them in the end. And if it leads to the killer, it could bury them forever . . .
Read an excerpt - BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE – Chapters One to Three
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Reviews and Interviews:
Publishers Weekly: "In Driscoll’s fine follow-up to 2016’s Lone Wolf... [she] nicely incorporates various Civil War locations and trivia into the mystery, while Meg and Hawk prove themselves a formidable team that readers will want to see more of." - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
The Reading Room: "The authors have blended story, character, and setting into gripping accounts of high stake, life and death moments. Before It's Too Late is edge-of-your-seat reading at its best." - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
RT Book Reviews: "Driscoll’s latest, with its clever premise and chilling suspense, will keep readers turning the pages. Smart, solid storytelling, plentiful action, and good pacing help move the story along. With a strong, intelligent, clever heroine in Meg and an equally strong yet sinister, cunning villain, Driscoll creates high-stakes conflict that enriches the plot…A thrilling procedural. 4 Stars." - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Booklist: “A kidnapper is sending FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings a series of ciphers…If Jennings doesn’t find them in time, they will die.” - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
CrimeBookJunkie: "Wow! Wow! Wow! Do I recommend this book? Hell-to-the-yeah, I do! I am absolutely LOVING this series; clever plots; interesting characters; twisted killers and suspense throughout – and Hawk! Well you #GottaLoveHawk" - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Bibliophile Book Club: "Before It’s Too Late is a great read. It is full of action and it will definitely keep you turning the pages!" - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
The Story Behind the Story with Alli Sinclair: Behind the Story - Jen J. Danna writing as Sara Driscoll
Gumshoe Reviews: Driscoll provides a rollercoaster ride as Meg and Hawk along with other FBI K-9 teams fight to save lives. - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Fresh Fiction: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE is a carefully and cleverly written thriller by Sara Driscoll, a pen name for a two-woman team. They emphasize teamwork and in their case, it certainly pays off. - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Steph's Book Blog: Hopefully this will be a long running series. Murder, abduction and violence, yes, but there is also the contact with human and canine which makes it special. Fantastic and humbling. - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Off-The-Shelf Books: "The book is filled with thrills, action and suspense, and I'm sure I barely took a breath for most of it. A great lesson in pacing and plotting." - Book review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Grab This Book: "The FBI K9 novels have been a welcome and refreshing addition to my kindle. I love the dynamic between Meg and Hawk." - Book review; BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Reviewing The Evidence: "Probably the greatest strength of this author's approach is her deep understanding of the relationship between a person and his or her service dog." - Book Review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Avonna Loves Genres: "An edge-of-your-seat FBI K-9 crime thrill ride! 5 out of 5 Stars!" - Book Review: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
FBI K-9s #3
Release Date - November 27, 2018 from Kensington Books.
The heart-pounding thriller of a series continues as FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue K-9 companion confront the fury of nature—and the more dangerous nature of man . . .
In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Special Agent Meg Jennings and her Labrador, Hawk—invaluable members of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team—have been deployed to Virginia Beach. They have their work cut out for them. Amid graveyards of debris, and the buried cries for help, the search and rescue operation begins. The most alarming discovery is yet to come—a teenage girl hiding in the Great Dismal Swamp. Shaken by the storm, she has reason to be scared. But this young survivor is terrified of so much more.
Her name is Emma—a disheveled runaway lost to the sordid underbelly of a Virginia sex-trafficking ring. Its leader has disappeared in the chaos—along with other victims. With so much evidence, and so many witnesses, seemingly washed away, Meg joins forces with Special Agent Walter Van Cleave to ensure no further harm comes to their vulnerable charge. They soon discover that this is no small-time localized syndicate. Its branches are rooted in some of the most influential powers in Virginia. Now as Meg’s investigation digs deeper, she’s making some very dangerous enemies. And one by one, they’re coming out of the storm to stop her.
Read an excerpt - STORM RISING - Chapter One
Read a deleted chapter: STORM RISING Original Chapter Six
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Publishers Weekly (Starred Review): “Exceptional… The descriptions of the teamwork between dog and human are detailed and dramatic, and the interactions between Meg and Todd as their relationship develops are convincing. Readers will hope this series has a long run.”
Library Journal: “Driscoll’s third thriller offers an action-packed story combining the drama of a post hurricane search and rescue with the suspenseful investigation of a human trafficking case.”
Open Book Society: "There are not enough adjectives to describe how much I like this novel! It is 3rd in the FBI K-9 series, and the best to date... This is a breathtaking, fast-paced novel. The plot is tight and finely-executed with twists that frequently change the course of the investigation. Five Stars!"
Reviewing the Evidence: "This episode is my favorite so far. STORM RISING shares with its two predecessors the fast pacing, solid plotting, and strong writing skills Driscoll brings to her work. The central characters are developing well and not too quickly. And the setting appears to be well-known and definitely well-drawn. Great job!"
Off-The-Shelf Book Reviews: "I loved this book! Storm Rising is well written and well plotted with an amazing sense of place."
Crime Book Junkie: In a nutshell, would I recommend this book? Oh that would be an absolute HELL YEAH from me. I simply adore this series! BOOM! – Thrilling, fascinating and absolutely unputdownable – I raced through the pages of this superb read!
No Man’s Land
FBI K-9s #4
Release Date - November 26, 2019 from Kensington Books.
Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog are on the trail of a killer hiding where others fear to tread…
For Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring the ruins of a deserted building is an exciting way to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team. But deep in the echoing rooms of an abandoned asylum, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. The victim couldn’t have made her way into the derelict building on her own. Before forty-eight hours pass, Meg learns of more cases of elders found dead in neglected urban structures.
There’s not enough evidence to link the deaths—yet. But Meg scents a pattern, and when she gets word of another senior gone missing, she and Hawk don’t hesitate. Meg is sure a murderer is hunting the elderly, and she can prove it if she can just find a connection. It will take the expert coordination of her whole team, along with help from Clay McCord and Todd Webb, to uncover the means, let alone a motive. And to stop someone who has operated in the dark for so long, Meg will need to risk more than she has to give . . .
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Booklist: “This is the sort of crime novel that gives readers a little bit of everything… featuring a smart heroine blessedly free of problems with boss, coworkers, alcohol, or the opposite sex.”
Publishers Weekly: “Perilous adventures inside derelict buildings add texture and excitement to Driscoll’s solid fourth FBI K-9 novel featuring search-and-rescue expert Meg Jennings and her Labrador retriever, Hawk.”
Leave No Trace - Coming December 2020
FBI K-9s #5
Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue K-9 partner are heading south where it’s hunting season. But this time the prey is human.
One arrow through the heart could be a tragic hunting accident. A second one, within days, looks more like a crime. That’s when Meg Jennings and Brian Foster of the FBI’s Forensic Canine Unit head to Georgia to investigate. With their dogs Hawk and Lacey, Meg and Brian are enlisted to follow the scent of a killer. At first, nothing seems to connect the two victims–a county commissioner and State Patrol officer. But the blood sport around the southern town of Blue Ridge is just beginning.
As the body count rises, the compound bow killer becomes even more elusive, appearing and vanishing like a ghost. However, with each new slaying, Meg is beginning to suspect the grim design that’s escalating in the shadows. At its heart, a tragic event that reaches back nearly two centuries in Georgia’s history is now turning Blue Ridge into a hunting ground. But as Meg gets closer to solving the puzzle, the closer she is to stepping into the crosshairs of an elusive murderer with deadly aim, and motives as deep and dark as the woods . . .