"Her story is astonishing...In one case after another, Beebe reveals how her fearlessness and valor commanded the respect of her extremely masculine peers and even the vicious criminals she investigated. ...Well worth reading!"

Fern Schumer Chapman, author of Motherland and

Is It Night or Day                     

"Boots in the Ashes" is a fascinating look at the rise of one of the ATF's earliest female special agents, Cynthia Beebe...It's part true crime, part memoir... Beebe's action-packed tale reveals a life littered with firsts, like the story of how she became the first woman to shoot her way to "Top Gun" and the ATF Academy...Beebe's 27-year journey is a good read." Jane Hirt, former managing editor, Chicago Tribune 

"This is a fast, fascinating read about the author's career as one of the first female ATF agents. It's more than that though; it's a detailed, insider look... When I got to the end, I wanted more. Let's hope Ms. Beebe writes a sequel..."

Jon Ziomek, former Chicago journalist and author of 

Collision on Tenerife 

"This is a fascinating memoir by one of the first female ATF special agents, told in such riveting detail that I felt like I was right there on each dangerous assignment!...I highly recommend this book of courage and grace in the face of so much peril." Sarah Andre, 2017 RWA RITA finalist and author of A Savage Trick 

"Everything is vividly told on a personal level with occasional touches of humor. Her style keeps the narrative humming...her book is a solid read that opens for us a world of explosives-making and the criminal mentality behind it." Wayne Klatt, co-author of Operation Greylord and Freed to Kill