THE LAZARUS KEY
*COMING IN 2023*
Read the first three chapters here.
Meet the WASP
The idea for the WASP came to Lou Ashford and Zoe Hardisty when they came across a cryptic called the Mothman in West Virginia. After years of planning and selling their idea, the WASP was finally approved as a small, temporary task force, with Lou serving as Director, and Zoe as the team's case manager. Their first hire was Terry "Wash" Washington, a talented technologist who handles the team's computers, conducting research and searches. Dr. Kate Davis, the team's biosciences lead, was hired the next day. The following week, Lou transferred Murphy Barnes, a South Dakota game warden, to serve as the WASP's field agent. The WASP operated with only five team members--all their budget would allow--for over a year. During that time, they leveraged subject matter experts and a small network of veterinarians and game wardens across the country called "sentinels."
When Murphy along with a Wyoming game warden named Frank Brodie tracked poachers hunting a saber tooth tiger in Yellowstone, Lou was approved to add a second field agent--Frank Brodie--for the duration of the case. That brings the WASP up to six team members, all of whom are the best in their area of expertise. But they're woefully understaffed for what and who they're about to go up against.
Here are the WASP's field agents, i.e. game wardens: Frank and Murphy.
Frank Brodie is the newest member of the WASP. She's a Wyoming game warden assigned to help solve the saber tooth tiger case. She was brought in due to her perfect service record, tenacity, and the ability to keep an open mind.
Murphy Barnes is a game warden who hails from South Dakota. He was selected for the WASP for his exceptional record as a game warden, his resourcefulness, and for his belief that cryptids are real.
Think of Frank and Murphy as the X-Files, if Scully and Mulder investigated cryptids and other bizarre, unexplained wildlife and natural phenomena rather than UFOs and aliens.