When University of Memphis student Gina Ford is murdered, FBI special agent Nick Hagar is on the case. He asks forensics expert Maddie Baxter to run a familial DNA test---and a shocking result emerges. The DNA belongs to Adam Alexander, the same guy who broke Maddie's heart! But do scientific tests tell the whole story?
When Gina Ford, the daughter of a prominent Tennessee politician, goes missing from the University of Memphis a week after another girl was murdered on the same campus, police call in the FBI. Nick Hagar, married to his job as Special Agent in Charge, is assigned to the case, and when Ginas body is found, her father demands justice.
Maddie Baxter is the forensic expert running DNA tests from the crime scene. When they come back without a match, Nick asks her to do a familial DNA run that yields a shocking result: the prime suspect is Adam Alexander, the very same guy who broke Maddies heart when she was in college.
But do scientific advancements tell the whole story? Strand of Deception offers romance, suspense, and a lively debate about the impact of DNA testing, for better or worse, on the United States justice system.
Robin Caroll has authored twelve previous books including the Holt Medallion Award of Merit winner, Deliver Us From Evil. She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. A proud southerner, Robin lives with her husband, three daughters, and two precious grandsons in Arkansas.
Tell us a little about yourself. Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robins mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritagetwo aspects Robin weaves into each of her 14 published novels. When she isnt writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at homein the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.
On her faith, Robin says, I'd describe myself as Spiritual, not religious, with a diverse Christian background. Bottom line? I love Jesus and will follow Him wherever He leads me.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to offer romance, suspense, and a lively debate about the impact of DNA testing, for better or worse, on the United States justice system.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? To not just accept what's at face value. That sometimes, just sometimes, you have to look past what is obvious to see the truth.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? There was an enormous amount of research for this novel, and I was amazed at the detail given to so many in the forensic science field.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I find story ideas from newspapers, news, people I see in airports, and even magazines...the idea for this book came from an article I read on familial DNA in Time magazine.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I LOVE hearing from other readers...would love for readers to connect with me via facebook.com/author.robincaroll