And then there’s these two, whom I was quite surprised to find I actually like… When I first cast them, I wasn’t sure they worked. Seemed an oddball pairing to put together someone who specializes in computer crimes and forensic accounting (Cody Norman, CID officer on loan to Project Prometheus) with someone who thrives on action, and is dead set on his career being untarnished by even a hint of impropriety (Col. JD Gordon) and then having them solve a serial killing spree… But it worked better than I could have dreamed. 🙂
“The Hunt Begins” — Excerpt from NIGHT HUNTER (Project Prometheus) —
“You’ve never made a jump, have you?”
She winced at his tone, finally able to identify the look on his face – incredulity. And she couldn’t blame him, either. Most CID agents took at least some kind of Special Operations proficiency training, though it wasn’t strictly required. She cleared her throat, trying to decide how to explain why she never saw the need to throw herself out of a perfectly good airplane to a man who did so on a regular basis. Whatever she did, she couldn’t admit to her absurd fear of falling.
“As a matter of fact, no,” she settled on the simple agreement with an off-hand shrug.
He rolled his eyes, shook his head, and muttered something beneath his breath as he strode toward his SUV.
“Hey!” She jogged to catch up with him. “Just because I haven’t jumped doesn’t make me incompetent. I happen to be very good at my job.”
His lips twitched. “I don’t doubt it. The pit bull genes must be an asset.”
Cody glared at him. “I want to talk to you.”
Gordon stopped, his door half-opened, and his gaze wary. “About what?”
“Lieutenant LaVarre.” She met his gem-green gaze directly, and saw the disquiet plainly.
“What about him?”
This was it. Cody drew a breath, and hit him right between the eyes with what she found. “He was murdered, Colonel Gordon.”
He went deathly still, and remained that way until Cody wondered if he even heard her. Then, a dark expression settled over his face like a cloud, and he jerked his head toward the SUV. “Get in.”