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."
Marion is a brilliant and anxious intelligence agency analyst who knows how to use a gun but would rather evaluate intel under fluorescent lights in her data cave in San Francisco. Feelings perplex her, but intuition is key to her criminal analyses, and her analyses are never wrong. She pops pills to quell her panic attacks, has a DIY tattoo habit and impulsively sleeps with men she barely knows. Anything to hold it together to do her job, especially when she lands in the center of a bloody cartel turf war that puts her at the mercy of criminal mastermind Caleb Gabriel—a high school friend who grew up to become leader of the deadly La Grava cartel.
When she travels to the foot of Mexico's Pico de Orizaba volcano to retrieve cartel intelligence, Marion becomes an unwitting pawn in Caleb's schemes to undo his conniving cousin Dario Aguilar and dominate cartel drug operations worldwide. In Caleb's hands, her life spins out of control. As an interagency law enforcement raid explodes in violence, her past personal connection to the cartel leader is exposed and Marion finds herself on the run—the target of a nationwide FBI hunt. Only Caleb Gabriel has the power and means to keep her safe while her agency works to prove her innocence. But can she trust him?