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Books by Lucinda Johnson

Real in the Dark

  • Evil can incubate anywhere. This riveting story traces the emergence of a serial killer from the midst of an ordinary American family. Women are vanishing from towns scattered over east Texas. The grisly torture and killings have the FBI scrambling to identify the killer or killers and unravel the mysteries. This is a thriller that goes beyond crime to the real darkness that lives in humans.

Real in the Dawn

  • The sadistic serial killers Robert Woodson and Mark Tracer felt they were safe from the FBI after slipping into Mexico. But, their luxurious life of violence in Mexico goes horribly wrong. They encounter forces more vicious then they could have anticipated. With the FBI and the violent vigilante justice seekers in pursuit, can Woodson and Tracer escape?

Real in the Dead

  • FBI agents Jackson Avery and Charlie Black follow a gruesome trail of dead bodies through the densely forested landscape of east Texas. Robert Woodson's minion, Jengo, is on a frenzied murderous mission of his own. The killings escalate daily. Both Woodson and the FBI are after him.

Real in the Scare

  • The infamous Robert Woodson migrates from Texas to Utah to Colorado, and then to New Mexico in his well-funded, extravagant killing rampage. Finally, he may have met his match when he challenges the FBI and NM local law enforcement of northern New Mexico.

Once Feared

  • FBI Special Agents Jackson Avery and Charlie Black find their Christmas vacation in northern New Mexico interrupted by matters of murder: a body found in a hot tub, professional jealousy, insanity and science. The agents encounter astonishing information regarding certain goings on at Los Alamos.

Once Mortal

  • A human head is found discarded in a New Mexico State Park. A body is found in a hidden mountain dumpsite on federal land in New Mexico. NM OMI Deputy Emma Spruce and NM State Police Criminal Investigator Mike Pelis uncover strange phenomenon and even stranger people. FBI Agents Jackson Avery and Charlie Black join the investigation as it takes some extraordinary unexpected turns. 

Once out of Range

  • FBI Agents Jackson Avery and Charlie Black embark on the case of a missing Texas teacher. The investigation takes them to northern New Mexico where they uncover the horrific truth about an unsuspected killer. The art world cringes at the results. Serial killers come from all walks of life.

Once Before

  • FBI Special Agents Jackson Avery and Charlie Black are again in northern New Mexico. A serial killer's dumpsite and an abandoned underground government facility throw gruesome and puzzling issues into the investigation.

Down and Dead

  • The FBI is called to the Taos Ski Valley in the southern Rockies when someone shoots two skiers off a chairlift. The killer has more planned than anyone anticipates. One murder after another pushes the responders to their limits.

Down then Gone

  • Bodies begin to surface from Gray Hills Lake in northern New Mexico. Law enforcement encounters the unusual inhabitants of the lake development in their effort to solve the mysteries of the bodies. The FBI is called in when it appears a serial killer might be at work.

Down and Found

  • Living more than one life at a time isn't easy, even for a clever narcissistic serial killer. Northern New Mexico is again the site of some very sinister activities. Local law enforcement and the FBI team-up to solve the mysteries.

COMING SOON: Death in Secret

Read the entire highly acclaimed series:

#1 REAL IN THE DARK

#2 REAL IN THE DAWN

#3 REAL IN THE DEAD 

#4 REAL IN THE SCARE

#5 ONCE FEARED

#6 ONCE MORTAL

#7 ONCE OUT OF RANGE

#8 ONCE BEFORE

#9 DOWN AND DEAD

#10 DOWN THEN GONE

#11 DOWN AND FOUND

  • Lucinda Johnson grew up  in Dallas, Texas. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Science in Taxation degrees, she settled in northern New Mexico. She lives there surrounded by her real and imaginary friends and family.

Kat Pruitt, Author

  • The ever-talented Kat Pruitt and her wonderful illustrator Rebecca Griftner have put together two wonderful and frisky adventure tales, chock full of memorable characters and lessons for us all. 

Rebecca Griftner, Illustrator

  • Rebecca Griftner lives in the Windy City. She loves pets of all shapes and sizes, baking treats, fuzzy blankets, coffee and making anything out of paper.

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