Lyons has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).
Her new novel is Black Sheep.
Recently I asked Lyons about what she was reading. Her reply:
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, by Kevin DuttonVisit CJ Lyons' website.
In my 17 years of practicing pediatrics and pediatric ER medicine, I dealt with a lot of sociopaths (aka Psychopaths). Gangbangers, fellow physicians, parents on power trips, law enforcement officers, charge nurses…really no occupation or segment of society was immune.
This ubiquitous nature of a personality disorder that was supposed to have a prevalence of only 1-4% of the population outside of the ER, always bothered me. Especially the fact that these people at first glance seemed so damn normal.
As a thriller author I also write a lot of sociopath characters—most of whom are not the villains. Instead they reflect the spectrum of our society, just like the sociopaths I met in the ER. Including a fair number who are covert operatives, law enforcement officers, physicians, nurses, lawyers, and politicians.
So of course when I saw the title of Kevin Dutton's latest book and read an excerpt, I realized this was a must read for any thriller/suspense author.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths was a fascinating read. Especially as it confirmed my belief that a little sociopathy is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you're a brain surgeon, CIA officer, SWAT sniper, or the like.
(It also explained why I fled several relationships with "great guys" and reaffirmed my natural instincts to run when things didn't feel right. Unfortunately I have friends who didn't listen to my intuitions and ended up in disastrous relationships of their own.)
If you want to know what a serial killer has in common with James Bond, grab The Wisdom of Psychopaths and check it out.
The Page 69 Test: Black Sheep.