I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the people in The Chemical Attraction Series. They’ve told me their story, and I wrote about their amazing journey. These interviews take place just after their adventure in Chemical Reaction. [trivial spoilers/no plot spoilers]
I’d like to hear what Joe Robert’s boss has to say about him. FBI Detroit Division Director Peter Bingaman chases after Stuart Morgan’s stalker in Their Rigid Rules, mentors and works with Joe in The Kindred Code, and has Joe’s back in Chemical Attraction and Chemical Reaction. Thank you, Director, for taking a few minutes to answer questions for the fans of the Series.
CHRISTINA: You first met Joe Roberts when he was still in college. What did you see in him?
PETER: Well, Joe pulled a gun on me when we first met. He was a pain in my ass, but he had potential. I eventually taught him everything he knows about law enforcement. He’d probably say it’s the other way around.
CHRISTINA: You knew Joe before he became your subordinate. Is your relationship with him different than with your other agents?
PETER: Joe and I have developed levels to our relationship. We respect each other at the office. I mentored Joe, which wasn’t hard. He’s naturally talented. I demand excellence from my protégé, and he produces the results I need. My other agents think I’m extremely tough on Joe because I dislike him. That’s so far from the truth. With the family, we’ve mocked each other as friends. Publicly, we have never crossed that line between the professional and personal. We value our friendship and careers too much to jeopardize either.
CHRISTINA: Joe doesn’t conform to the FBI’s dress code instead he wears jeans and t-shirts. What kind of dirt does he have on you?
PETER: Ha! That’s revealed in The Kindred Code. Let’s just say he helped me with an issue years ago and earned some leeway with his attire.
CHRISTINA: In The Kindred Code, you had promised to take Joe back to your cabin to get his eighty-eight Lincoln Continental. How was that drive?
PETER: We drove up there after he finished his training. For some reason, my brother (General Bingaman) thinks Joe’s amusing and keeps inviting him up there. Joe calls the cabin the Fortress of Solitude. Anyway, his beast of a car wouldn’t start, so I had to have it towed.
CHRISTINA: What’s next for Joe and his team?
PETER: Well, while he and Madeline are away, his team will be wrapping up the case. I’m ready to put this whole damn drama behind us.
Their Rigid Rules (Book One)
Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career—romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall, her perfect plan hits a snag.
Handsome history professor and former Marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan keeps infatuated students at a distance using his own set of strict rules. This time, he’s unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. When death threats upend his boring life, he inadvertently puts her in danger.
With pressure from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.
The Kindred Code (Book Two)
Taylor Valentine, Eva O’Sullivan, and Joe Roberts are siblings by choice. They believe in The Kindred Code: blood means nothing and love is everything. As their lives follow different paths after college, they wonder if their mantra will stay true.
When word gets out that Professor Stuart Morgan had dated Taylor while in his class, the publicity takes a toll on their relationship. Under the stress, Stuart struggles with his PTSD.
With his son at a sleepover, Officer Matt Connor invites Eva to his home. Over the weekend, volatile confrontations erupt between Matt’s mother and Eva. The rural town enjoys the uproar.
Director Peter Bingaman asks for Joe’s help on an unofficial case. Joe jumps at the chance to test his skills. Before long, they uncover horrendous crimes. Suddenly, Joe’s in over his head.
Will Joe’s family put aside their problems and come to his aid before it’s too late?