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5 Things You Should Know About Identity Crisis by Jean Hackensmith

1. Identity Crisis is the second book in the B.K. Investigations series.  Book One, Checkmate, has received many rave reviews, including “Wow. Okay… so just… wow. This was one of the BEST suspense novels I’ve read in I don’t know how long…If I were a Hollywood executive, I’d option this book for a movie immediately. It’s really that good.” — Poppy, Long and Short Reviews

2. What this book is about: When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run.

Brian’s first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten. He’s an explosives expert for a local demolitions company, she’s a stay-at-home Mom. Both are devoted parents to their young daughter, Angela. The problem comes in the form of one Collin Lanaski, an unstable ex-Air Force lieutenant and Angela’s second grade teacher, who suddenly starts insisting that Angela is his daughter; the same daughter who died in a tragic car accident four years earlier. What does Collin base this incredible revelation on? Dog tags and car seats. Brian is convinced the man has suffered a psychotic break. He’s delusional, and dangerous, and it becomes the P.I.’s job to protect Angela from a madman.

3. The canine character in Identity Crisis, Sinbad, is based on an actual dog that Chris Byrne from Stonehill Kennel (also a real guy who is an actual character in the book) sold to the NYPD.  When I asked Chris how I could make the dog in Identity Crisis unique and memorable, he told me the story that found its way into the pages of this book.

4. Besides Brian and Sinbad, one other character in Identity Crisis stands out.  Her name is Katrina Cordova.  She’s a psychic, but not your everyday psychic.  Not only are her visions accurate and detailed, but she has them only during thunderstorms.  It is her visions that lead Brian to a missing little girl.  While those visions are rather benign, another recurring vision of an explosion that will kill hundreds, perhaps thousands of people, is chilling to the bone.  These visions will become more detailed in each successive book in the B.K. Investigations Series, leaving Katrina and Brian to try and solve this ultimate attack on America by the end of the series.

5. Identity Crisis is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powells, and InkwaterBooks.com. Available in Kindle and Nook formats. Autographed copies are available through the author’s website at www.JeanHackensmith.com


I have been writing since the age of twenty.  (That’s 37 years and, yes, I’m disclosing my age.)  I am the proud mother of three, stepmother of two, and grandmother to twelve wonderful children.  I lost the love of my life, my husband Ron, in November of 2011 when he died in an accident at work.  He took my heart with him and, for a time, my desire to write.  Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and I have again discovered my passion for the written word.  In fact, I find it strangely comforting to delve into the intricate webs that are my character’s lives and immerse myself in their existence instead of dwelling on my own.

Next to writing, my second passion is live theater.  I founded a local community theater group back in 1992 and directed upwards of 40 shows, including three that I authored.  I also appeared on stage a few times, portraying Anna in The King and I and Miss Hannigan in Annie.  I am sad to say that the theater group closed its final curtain in 2008, but those 16 years will always hold some of my fondest memories.

My husband and I moved from Superior five years ago, seeking the serenity of country living.  We also wanted to get away from the natural air conditioning provided by Lake Superior.  We moved only 50 miles south, but the temperature can vary by 20-30 degrees.  I guess I’m a country girl at heart.  I simply love this area, even though I must now enjoy its beauty alone.  I love the solitude, the picturesque beauty of the sun rising over the water, the strangely calming effect of watching a deer graze outside your kitchen window.  Never again, will I live in the city.  I am an author, after all, and what better place to be inspired than in God’s own back yard.


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When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault–unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run.

Brian’s first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten. He’s an explosives expert for a local demolitions company, she’s a stay-at-home Mom. Both are devoted parents to their young daughter, Angela. The problem comes in the form of one Collin Lanaski, an unstable ex-Air Force lieutenant and Angela’s second grade teacher, who suddenly starts insisting that Angela is his daughter—the same daughter who died in a tragic car accident four years earlier.  What does Collin base this incredible revelation on?  Dog tags and car seats.  Brian is convinced the man has suffered a psychotic break.  He’s delusional and dangerous, and it becomes the P.I.’s job to protect Angela from a madman.

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