Linda Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Northbrook, a suburb of that great city. She attended University of Illinois, where she received a bachelor's degree in Advertising. She worked at several large ad agencies in Chicago, ultimately as a corporate media director.
When the cold and gray of Chicago got to be too much, she and her husband, Brian, packed up their dogs and horses and relocated to sunny and warm North Carolina. After working for several years as the owner and manager of a hunter/jumper equestrian facility, Linda decided to trade riding for writing.
She writes suspense novels and short stories and particularly enjoys creating smart, psychopathic villains.
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Family Sins - A Short Story
This story reveals the dark side of a mother’s controlling love. As much as Sarah adores her son, Michael, she detests the woman he marries. When her daughter-in-law forces Michael to choose between them, Sarah refuses to back down. As her desperate actions unfold, her family’s deadly secrets are revealed.
The Player - A Short Story
Jacob Flynn thinks he’s God’s gift to women. His game is to see how quickly he can meet them, seduce them, and dump them. When things go too far one night with his latest conquest, Melanie, he ends up with a dead body. He manages to evade the police, but he doesn’t count on Melanie’s sister, Lauren, who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.
The Switch – A Short Story
Michael came from old money, but when he married Rita, his parents disapproved and cut him off from the family wealth. With his beautiful wife and their three children, Michael never regrets what he lost -- until Rita is diagnosed with breast cancer and he doesn’t have health insurance.
Michael hatches a desperate plan to fund Rita’s life-saving treatments and exact revenge against his family.
Redemption – A Short Story
Ben Hawkins blames his father for a psychologically abusive childhood and for triggering his mother’s suicide. The two men have been estranged for years. But when Ben is falsely accused of murder, he has no other option than to turn to his father, a retired homicide detective, for help.
As Ben languishes in jail, the noose growing tighter, his father desperately searches for the real killer.
Winner Takes All
Robert Lewiston has fled the country. After executing the largest Ponzi scheme in history, he escaped to Rio, where he's living the high life on billions in stolen funds.
John Henderson is an ex-employee of Lewiston's who is assisting the FBI’s investigation. When John discovers a clue to Lewiston's whereabouts, he faces a crucial decision that could lead to dangerous consequences.
Breaking the Cycle
Kate Bynum is a patrol cop working the graveyard shift. She has seen more than her share of domestic violence calls. Often, these besieged women are unable to find a way to stop the torment themselves. When she meets a young woman who is trapped in an abusive marriage by her politically connected husband, Kate must find a way to help the woman escape and break the vicious cycle of abuse.
A Tangled Web
Divorce is unpleasant and messy. Murder is simple. Cathy Nelson is a successful career woman and mother. When her marriage sours, she turns to a time-honored solution: poison. Toni Ambrose is a young, but relentless detective, assigned to the case. She suspects Cathy is guilty and she defies her superiors to doggedly build a case against this black widow disguised as a grieving wife.
Trail of Destruction
Brad Newcomb believes he is destined to be President. When he gets a staff member pregnant, there is nothing he won’t do to fulfill his destiny – including murder. Brad’s brother, Ryan, is a journalist who uncovers the story and is faced with a monumental decision that could affect the entire country: bury the truth and see a murderer elected president or destroy his brother's life.