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Name:  Dee Henderson  

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Born: 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Henderson lives in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dee Henderson is an award-winning novelist. She is the author of the O'Malley series of romantic suspense novels and the Uncommon Heroes series of military romance novels. A graduate of the University of Illinois in 1988 with a B.S. in computer science, Henderson worked for ten years as an engineer. She started writing fiction in 1996.


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Danger in the Shadows (Prequel to The O'Malley Series)
ISBN: 1414310552

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

Sara is terrified. She's doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with former pro-football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. Sara's been hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible―and loving Adam could get her killed!

Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

The Negotiator (The O'Malley Series #1)
ISBN: 1414310560

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

FBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back. He's about to meet Kate O'Malley, and his life will never be the same. She's a hostage negotiator. He protects people. He's about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another!

Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

The Guardian (The O'Malley Series #2)
ISBN: 1414310579

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

A federal judge has been murdered. There is only one witness, and an assassin wants her dead. U.S. Marshall Marcus O'Malley thought he knew the risks of the assignment . . . but he was wrong.

Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

The Truth Seeker (The O'Malley Series #3)
ISBN: 1414310587

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

Women are turning up dead, and Lisa O'Malley has a habit of walking into crime scenes, curious. She's a forensic pathologist, and mysteries are her domain. U.S. marshall Quinn Diamond has found loving her is easier than keeping her safe. Lisa's found the killer, and now she's missing too.

Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

The Protector (The O'Malley Series #4)
ISBN: 1414310595

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

Jack O'Malley is a fireman who is fearless when it comes to facing an inferno. But when an arsonist begins targeting his district, his shift, his friends, Jack faces the ultimate challenge: protecting the lady who saw the arsonist before she pays an even higher price. Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

The Healer (The O'Malley Series #5)
ISBN: 1594150281

Walker Publishers. 2006

Book 5 in The O'Malley Series

A CBA Bestseller

Rachel O'Malley is a trauma psychologist who works disasters for the Red Cross

her specialty is helping children. Captain Cole Parker has spent the last year fighting fires, investigating arson - and falling in love with Rachel. When a flood surges through their community, it's a chance in the midst of tragedy for them to spend some precious time together. But the floodwaters conceal a crime scene, and the disaster is about to be eclipsed . . .

The Rescuer (The O'Malley Series #6)
ISBN: 1594150303

Walker Publishers. 2006

Stephen O'Malley is a paramedic who has been rescuing people all his life. But he's running now -- from the burden of his profession, from the grief of losing his sister, and from a God he doesn't want to trust. He's run into a mystery. Stolen jewels are turning up in unexpected places, and his friend Meghan is caught in the middle of the trouble. Stephen's about to run into a night he will never forget: a kidnapping, a tornado, and a race to rescue the woman he loves ...

Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story
ISBN: 0764211129

Bethany House Publishers. 2013

Eagerly Awaited Novella from Dee Henderson

It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce him to her family--she's the youngest of seven--and thinking about marriage.

She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn't expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.

True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes, Book 1)
ISBN: 1414310625

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price of loving a warrior

she has the folded flag and the grateful thanks of a nation to prove it. Navy SEAL Joe “Bear” Baker can't ask her to accept that risk again―even though he loves her. But the man responsible for her husband's death is back

closer than either of them realize. Kelly is in danger, and Joe may not get there in time.

Uncommon Heroes: Welcome to a world where friendships go deep, loyalties stand strong, and uncommon heroes perform the toughest jobs in the world. Dee Henderson's military romance series provides a detailed passage into the world of the military and homeland heroes, and those they love.

True Valor (Uncommon Heroes, Book 2)
ISBN: 1414310633

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

Heroes get a new meaning when you see inside their lives. Gracie is a Navy Pilot

Bruce works Air Force Pararescue. With dangerous jobs―often away from home―they write love letters. When Gracie is shot down behind enemy lines, Bruce has one mission: get her out alive.

Uncommon Heroes: Welcome to a world where friendships go deep, loyalties stand strong, and uncommon heroes perform the toughest jobs in the world. Dee Henderson's military romance series provides a detailed passage into the world of the military and homeland heroes, and those they love.

True Honor (Uncommon Heroes, Book 3)
ISBN: 1414310641

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2005

CIA officer Darcy St. James is after a man who knew September 11 would happen―a man who chose to profit from the knowledge. Navy SEAL Sam “Cougar” Houston is busy: The intelligence Darcy is generating has his team deploying around the world. Under the pressure of war, their romance flourishes. But it may be a short relationship: for the terrorists have chosen their next targets, and Darcy's name is high on the list.

Uncommon Heroes: Welcome to a world where friendships go deep, loyalties stand strong, and uncommon heroes perform the toughest jobs in the world. Dee Henderson's military romance series provides a detailed passage into the world of the military and homeland heroes, and those they love.

True Courage (Uncommon Heroes, Book 4)
ISBN: 1594150796

Walker Books. 2005

Dee Henderson wraps up her Christy Award-winning Uncommon Heroes series with a riveting story from the home front. When someone snatches his cousin's wife and son, FBI agent Luke Falcon hunts the kidnapper. He has never worked a case involving family, and it's tempting to let his hardened exterior weaken, given the circumstances. But he has to be strong if he's going to bring them home. When the ransom delivery doesn't go down as planned and the bodies start piling up, so does Luke's frustration. He fears that innocent people may not survive this crisis, and neither will his relationship with Caroline Lane . But her rock-solid faith proves to be a far better shelter in the storm than all his law enforcement training and experience

Kidnapped
ISBN: 1414323638

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2008

Someone snatched his cousin's wife and son. FBI agent Luke Falcon is searching for a kidnapper and sorting out the crime. He's afraid it's the work of a stalker. He's afraid they're already dead. And he'll do anything required to get them back alive . . . but he didn't plan on falling in love with the only witness.
This stand-alone title is a repackage of what was previously known as True Courage, the fourth book in the Uncommon Heroes series.

Threads of Suspicion (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case)
ISBN: 0764219979

Bethany House Publishers. 2017

Dee Henderson Pens Another Compelling Cold Case Mystery

Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

Traces of Guilt (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case)
ISBN: 0764218867

Bethany House Publishers. 2016

A Riveting Cold-Case Mystery from Dee Henderson

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have.

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

God's Gift (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #19)
ISBN: 0373785216

Steeple Hill. 2006

Missionary work in Africa was the most difficult and faith-affirming labor James Graham had ever faced, and warm, homey presents from a Good Samaritan back home gave him hope to carry on. But an injury halted his work and sent him home to Chicago.

There, James met Rachel Ashcroft, who'd sent those thoughtful gifts, and he was intrigued by the sadness that shadowed her features. Bringing the light back into Rachel's face gave him new purpose, but was this respite only temporary? Or could James release his past and open his heart to receive Rachel's gift of love?

The Marriage Wish (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #13)
ISBN: 0373785194

Steeple Hill. 2004

Scott Williams turns to God to mend the broken spirit of the beautiful yet troubled Jennifer St. James, the embodiment of all his wishes, who unexpectedly captivates his heart and wins his unconditional love. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.

Before I Wake
ISBN: 1414308159

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2006

The sheriff of Justice, Illinois, is hunting a killer. Women visiting town are being murdered, tourists in nice hotels, money still in their billfolds, jewelry still on the dresser. Quiet kills―they go to sleep and never awaken. The sheriff is not pleased to find the new detective in town, Rae Gabriella, working the case on behalf of one of the families. She's staying in the same hotel as one of the victims―and her looks suggest she could be the next victim.

The Witness
ISBN: 0786282142

Thorndike Pr. 2006

Police Chief Luke Granger's witness to a murder, Amy Griffin, has been on the run for years. Her family thinks she was murdered eight years ago, but Amy chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters' lives. Now unveiled secrets about their father have thrust the sisters into the public spotlight. The man who wants Amy dead now sees her sisters as the way to locate her. Luke and two of his homicide detectives are determined to stand in the way. They are each falling in love with a different sister, and it's become a personal mission to keep them safe. But chances are that at least one of them will fail, and facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows.

Full Disclosure
ISBN: 0764210890

Bethany House Publishers. 2012

Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions.Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.

Taken
ISBN: 076421571X

Bethany House Publishers. 2015

An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand,
and his new client, missing far too long...

Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they'll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon's life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her--even if it means stirring up a hornet's nest of secrets.

An Unexpected Loss
ISBN: 1511506598

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2015

This is a grief journal for those who have experienced the sudden loss of a loved one.


Awards

-- The Guardian

Christy Award Romance category, 2002 Disclosure

New York Times Bestseller