The heroine of my Profiler series, Evelyn Baine, is kind of a badass. Not in the walks-with-swagger, carries-a-big-gun and takes-no-prisoners kind of way you might expect, but in a quiet, ultra-observant way. The FBI authorizes her to carry a badge and a gun on her hip, but she rarely uses them. Most of the time, it’s her intellect that has law enforcement officers across the country asking for her help.
She’s a profiler for the Bureau’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, which means that instead of leading an investigation and chasing suspects, she travels to a much scarier place: into their minds. It’s her job to figure out not just what kind of person committed the crime she’s been called to profile, but also how police can find him and what he’ll do next.
Throughout the course of my Profiler series, Evelyn’s ability to predict the next moves of serial killers, child abductors, terrorists and kidnappers has put her into their paths. Along the way, I’ve gotten to show some of her physical strength, too, but also how she outwits criminals into underestimating her. Regardless of her tiny, 5’2” frame, she’s still got FBI tactical training and more than her fair share of determination!
And like many badass women, she’s also snagged herself a pretty badass man. In the first book of the series, Hostage Rescue Team agent Kyle “Mac” McKenzie is just a colleague – albeit a persistent, flirtatious one. But by the latest book, they’re dating and it’s changed her workaholic perspective on life. When her boss calls, interrupting a romantic dinner with a new case, Evelyn thinks:
Six months ago, she’d been his go-to agent for urgent cases, because she didn’t mind the late-night calls. Hell, she lived for the job.
But right now? With Kyle McKenzie’s deep blue eyes staring back at her? “This better be good…”
And as she discovers when she picks up that call from her boss in STALKED, it may be Evelyn’s most challenging case yet: a teenage girl who’s disappeared, leaving behind a note foretelling her own death.