J.T. Ellison is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Taylor Jackson series, including All the Pretty Girls, 14 and Judas Kiss.
She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and received her master's degree from George Washington University. She was a presidential appointee and worked in the White House and the Department of Commerce before moving into the private sector. As a financial analyst and marketing director, she worked for several defense and aerospace contractors.
After moving to Nashville, Ellison began research on a passion: forensics and crime. She has worked with the Metro Nashville Police Department, the FBI and various other law enforcement organizations to research her books.
Her short stories have been widely published, including her award-winning story "Prodigal Me" in the anthology Killer Year: Stories to Die For, edited by Lee Child, "Chimera" in the anthology Surreal South ‘09, edited by Pinckney Benedict and Laura Benedict, and "Killing Carol Ann" in The Thrill Begins, edited by Lee Child.
She is the bimonthly Friday columnist at the Anthony Award–nominated blog Murderati and is a founding member of Killer Year, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for the debut novelists of 2007.
Ellison is a member of several writing organizations, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
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August 2010 Debut of the Month. A complex tale of two plots, the main one of the serial killer the Strangler, and then one of the serial rapist the Rainman, with lots of incidental sub-plots to titillate. It slows up a bit in the middle, often a fault of first novels, but there is real potential here with the first three in the series coming very close together. Comparison: Ingrid Black, Beverly Barton, John Verdon.
The killer is armed with a lethal weapon: an invisible pathogen that has been released into the Washington Metro. Two hundred people exhibit symptoms, but only three are pronounced dead. Dr Samantha Owens is the forensic pathologist called to consult on the case, but as she dissects the mysterious connections between the victims, it becomes clear that this attack is not random. This pathogen is targeted. As Sam starts to close in on the killer's identity, finding the truth might just lead her into risking her life...
`A compelling thriller' Jeff Abbot A private security contractor has been shot dead in Washington DC. The police are calling his death a carjacking gone wrong. Chief medical examiner Samantha Owens believes it's more than a random murder. The victim is Sam's old boyfriend, ex army Ranger Eddie Donovan, and she has evidence to support her claim - a note delivered to Eddie just before he died. When a second ex-Ranger is killed, Sam establishes a link between the deaths that leads back to their last tour of duty in Afghanistan. As she digs deeper, she uncovers a terrifying secret, one that puts Eddie's family - and herself - in mortal danger. Because, in her hunt for justice, Sam finds that not everyone plays by the rules.