THE 80 MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Soldier Thatcher Hutton returns to a country unlike the one he left behind - where Prohibition is the new law of the land. When he is caught up in a crime on his journey home, he must gain the sheriff's trust to clear his name.
Tragic events and betrayed trust have left Laurel Plummer alone and destitute. With few wage-earning opportunities open to women, she boldly enters an industry rife with danger and dominated by the men of the town.
But her success comes at a cost when her cutthroat competitors resort to violence. Now deputy sheriff, Thatcher is powerless to defend Laurel as they find themselves on opposite sides of the moonshine war, where blood flows as freely as whiskey...
A new suspenseful novel of murder, mayhem, danger and lust from the #1 New York Times bestseller, perfect for fans of Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel.
Set in 1920, this superior thriller from bestseller Brown (Thick as Thieves) firmly anchors all the action in the plot. Laurel Plummer, the mother of an infant, is stuck in a remote shack with her father-in-law near the little town of Foley, Tex., after the sudden death of her WWI vet husband. Thatcher Hutton, a discharged soldier who's just leapt off a boxcar, turns up at the Plummer place, asking for water and directions to the nearest town. His first night in a Foley boarding house, Thatcher is awakened "by a gun barrel jammed against his cheekbone" and an accusation that he kidnapped and possibly murdered Mila Driscoll, the local doctor's missing wife. After Thatcher is released from jail for lack of evidence, the sheriff makes him a part-time deputy and he sets out to find the truth behind Mila's disappearance. Meanwhile, Laurel, who's in dire financial straits, helps her father-in-law expand his moonshining business. Conflict ensues as the two wind up on opposite sides of the law. Laurel and Thatcher are strong and inventive characters, and their surprising decisions and evolving relationship will keep readers engaged. Brown shows why she remains in the top rank of her field. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency.