Gabi Medeiros is a Special Agent with the FBI. Born of a Russian mother and Portuguese father, she’s attractive but not classically beautiful. As she once explained, “I gotta watch what I eat, or I get a little heavy in the ass and start looking like a female Michelin Man.”
Divorced and the veteran of several dead-end affairs, she’s come to the realization there’s a scarcity of men who want to settle down with a woman who “shoots guns, curses in Russian and can’t cook worth a damn.”
Working out of the Oklahoma City Field Office, she develops a hypothesis that someone is using tornado damage as a cover to loot homes and businesses, and in extreme cases, even murder the owners.
Since the perpetrator (or perpetrators) always seem to arrive on-scene in the immediate aftermath of a devastating twister, she thinks it might be someone connected to the storm chasing community.
She contacts Chuck Rittenburg, a once-famous but now discredited storm chaser, who’s leading a crew of cinematographers in pursuit of violent tornadoes. She asks if she can tag along, traveling undercover as a magazine feature writer. Chuck agrees, not realizing at the time the extreme danger her request will bring.
Over the course of their two-week storm chase, a mutual attraction develops between Gabi and Chuck. Gabi finds herself acting as Chuck’s encourager, while at the same time coming to view him as a confessor-figure. She reveals deep personal secrets to him, including something she’s kept hidden from the FBI: the fact that she suffers from debilitating migraine headaches.
Her pursuit of the bad guys—-it turns out there are two—-ends violently and involves a terrifying threat, neither human nor tornadic, that no one could have imagined.
Supercell roars onto bookshelves in November.
born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1969
MA in Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, 1992
Interpreter, Federal District Court, Boston, 1992-97
Special Agent, FBI, 1998-current (Mobile, New Haven and Oklahoma City Field Offices)
PHOTO: courtesy of Roger Hill; Red River hailstorm, 2012