'Tis the season to keep an eye out for a good summer read.

And behind every good book is an author who's poured heart and soul into it, often with this adage in mind: Write about what you know.

Jerri Williams, a crime-fiction writer, has done just that with "Pay to Play."

Her new book centers on Philadelphia-based FBI agent Kari Wheeler who investigates corruption in the Philadelphia strip-club industry.

Wheeler is experienced, respected, and tough, but she becomes tripped up by her own vulnerabilities.

Before writing crime fiction, Williams spent decades with the FBI in Philadelphia, working fraud and corruption cases — the types of crimes she still geeks out over.

Listen to more from Jerri Williams below.