Welcome to the official website for author J.R. Hampton, "... an intelligent writer whose characters jump off the page with their unusual lives and even stranger missions."
"When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback."
Brilliant intelligence analyst Marion Eddy unerringly predicts drug trafficking patterns—exposing criminal activity, all the while keeping secret the pills she pops and the do-it-yourself tattoo habit she fosters to keep her raging anxiety disorder in check.
When a new mission threatens to expose her past relationship with Caleb Gabriel, her high school first love and now leader of the deadly La Grava cartel, an even darker secret is at risk: twenty years ago she gave Caleb information that may have led to the death of her DEA agent mother. When she confronts Caleb to find out what really happened, Marion discovers that people on both sides of the law have ulterior motives for her involvement in the assignment.
As an interagency drug raid explodes in violence, the scaffold of lies and half-truths that surrounds Marion collapses and she finds herself on the run, target of a nationwide FBI hunt. Armed with only her preternatural intuition and determined to prove her own innocence, she makes her way from San Francisco, through the backwater hamlets of East Texas, to the foot of Mexico's Pico de Orizaba volcano—always one step ahead of the "snapback."