“The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God”
Hey, there. I’m Luella “Lu” Lobozinski, head of IRS Criminal Investigations in Dallas, Texas. Some people call me the Lobo. Others call me a hard ass. But I’ve got an office to run, special agents to supervise, and millions in past-due taxes to collect. None of that gets done without a few orders being barked and a few butts being kicked along the way.
I’m in my sixties and some people say I’m stuck in the ‘60’s. Sure, I wear my strawberry-blond hair up in an eight-inch beehive and I’m partial to groovy bell-bottom pantsuits trimmed with fringe, but don’t let my fashion choices mislead you. When it comes to collecting past-due taxes from white-collar criminals, I’m totally on my game.
So what’s my typical day like? It’s three gallons of crazy in a two gallon bucket. That’s what.
My job is to supervise a team of crack special agents who investigate cases of suspected tax fraud. Our cases range from low-dollar investigations against small business owners, to mid-size cases against more seasoned financial crooks, to high-dollar cases against drug cartels and celebrities. Heck, we’ve gone after everyone from ice cream truck drivers, to television evangelists, to terrorist organizations. We’ve even pursued the leader of a secessionist group who thinks Texas should be its own country. Silly old coot.
My special agents have their individual strengths, and I assign each investigation to the agent best suited to handle the particular case. If there’s a potential for violence, the case goes to Special Agent Tara Holloway. You might think a male agent would be better suited to face down a vicious criminal, but if so you haven’t met Tara. That girl is the Annie Oakley of the IRS. If she takes a shot with her Glock, she’s going to hit her target, sure as shootin’. She’s creative, resourceful, and she doesn’t back down, even when she’s scared to death. Sure, she gets herself in a heap of trouble operating on the edge like she does, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. So long as all of my agents make it home in one piece, I call it a successful day.
Of course things got a little out of hand at the end of book #5 – Death, Taxes, and Hot Pink Leg Warmers. We’ll be dealing with the aftermath in book #6 – Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream – which comes out October 1st. Will my best agent be around to fight tax fraud another day? Join us to find out!
Meet the author
A former CPA and tax attorney, Diane spent several years at an international accounting firm where she had the pleasure of working with a partner later charged with tax fraud. She also served a stint as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas under an AG who pled guilty to criminal charges related to the tobacco company lawsuits. Given this work history, Diane decided self-employment might be a good idea. She also realized her experiences with white-collar crime made excellent fodder for a novel. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her humorous “Death and Taxes” romantic mystery series.
Diane’s debut novel, Death, Taxes and a French Manicure, won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award. The second in her series – Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte – won a 2012 Reviewers Choice Award. In June 2014, Diane will launch her new Paw Enforcement series starring a female cop working with a female K-9. Visit Diane and read excerpts at www.dianekelly.com.
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