“Jeopardy Surface” By definition is Geographic Profiling
Geographic profiling is an investigative technique for serial violent crime investigations. The process analyzes locations connected to a series of crimes to determine the most probable area in which the offender lives.
Jeopard Surface (Release Date: March 17, 2017)
It’s the witching hour and Special Agent Regan Ross is having a WTF kind of night. Morning? How the hell did she get from her bed to her front yard? And why is she holding a loaded firearm? Sleepwalking doesn’t bode well for the rising star in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, but whatever is causing her recent weight loss and bizarre nocturnal activities will have to wait. The phone is ringing. It’s probably her sister Erin, the surgeon who knows best, demanding to know her plans for the holidays. Why would this year be any different? They’ll spend the somber anniversary and Christmas like always—drinking too much, watching Turner Classic Movies, and not talking about their dead parents. Caller ID provides yet another surprise.
Hearing Special Agent Robert Haskins’ voice for the first time in six months has Regan reeling. The mention of Maryland’s Eastern Shore conjures images of Jennifer Abbott, the student-athlete whose disappearance from a small campus is national news. There are complications. For starters, her areas of expertise—geographic profiling and predictive analysis—require a lot of information from a series of crimes. Single murders typically aren’t her purview and involving herself in an investigation to which she has not been officially assigned would cause her supervisor’s head to spin off. She should say no, but there’s too much residual guilt where Rob Haskins is concerned.
Regan Ross knows bad, and this one is BAD. The killer has left the mutilated body and a cache of troubling clues at a remote farm and posted the coordinates of the cache on a popular geocaching website. Is he taunting investigators? Expediting the discovery of his work? Both? The calculated modus operandi and uniquely sadistic signatures are not the work of a novice, and Regan is sure of one thing: he will kill again.
When visiting forensic psychologist Dr. Sheridan Rourke present a lecture at Quantico featuring closed cases from Northern Ireland, Regan makes a shocking connection between an older series of murders and the Maryland case. Despite the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s insistence to the contrary, Regan and Rourke are convinced the killer of five women in Belfast two years ago is hunting women on the Chesapeake Bay. As the two become unlikely partners, Regan learns the psychologist’s past may be as haunted as her own.
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Happy release day! Now there are two great reasons to celebrate today (Happy St. Patrick’s Day)!
Okay, down to business. It’s been ages since I sat down with a good crime thriller and at one point I was obsessed! So, it’s a good thing that this one, the first one in nearly two years, was fantastic!
Criminal profiling has always been fascinating to me and yet this is the first time I have come across the term “Jeopardy Surface”. The science and technology used in Sheri’s story was very interesting and well-researched. It’s those little details that separate a great thriller from a “drug store” special. You know the ones I’m talking about, don’t pretend you don’t, and Jeopardy Surface is a great thriller.
Special Agent Regan Ross is the perfect protagonist for this kind of story. Tons of baggage, countless scars, both emotional and physical, tough as nails, complicated, and yet she possesses a certain degree of vulnerability. Her back story lays the perfect foundation for a complex and compelling character, one you’re willing to follow to the end.
I also enjoyed the international angle to this story. I can’t say much about that without spoilers but it added a unique element that I quite liked. Jeopardy Surface was suspenseful and gritty, with a fabulous hook. Additionally, all of the characters were nicely developed and the twists were…well.. twisty. I would happily recommend it to anybody who enjoys this genre.
About the Author
SHERI LEIGH HORN, a Texas native, spent two decades in the military, instructional design, and private investigation fields before pursuing her true passion: cultivating stories. She lives in Northern Virginia with her sons, Australian Cattle Dogs, and Truman Capote the cat, dreaming of a quiet lakeside writing life.