In this tantalizing thriller from a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a woman uncovers lifelong secrets as she searches for the truth behind her father's involvement in a heist gone wrong.
Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it.
Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago—presumably with the money, after murdering his accomplice—has never reconciled with her father's abandonment of her and her sister. After countless personal setbacks she decides to return to her family home near mysterious Caddo Lake, and finally get answers to the many questions that torment her. Little does she know, two of her father's co-conspirators—a war hero and a corrupt district attorney—are watching her every move.
Ledge Burnet, a rebellious teen at the time of the heist, evaded his jail sentence by enlisting in the army. Now he's back in town to care for his ailing father—and to keep his eye on the county's corrupt district attorney, whom he suspects was the real murderer. Although the two are bound to silence because of the crime they committed together, each has spent years waiting and hoping that the other will make a fatal misstep. But the arrival of their elusive accomplice's daughter, Arden, who may know more about the missing money than she's telling, sets them both on red alert. She ignites Ledge's determination to expose the D.A.'s treachery . . . and sparks a desire he wishes to deny.
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Busting into a new Sandra Brown thriller always gets our heart racing, and this sultry and suspenseful story is no exception. When Arden Maxwell moves back to her rural Texas hometown 20 years after her father was implicated in a robbery-turned-murder, she kindles a lingering grudge against the Maxwell family. Brown’s tense mystery takes us deep into a small town where the gossip is as hot as the weather. We couldn’t get enough of the novel’s sympathetic tough-girl heroine, or her volatile chemistry with a stoic local handyman who has an unflinching sense of right and wrong. Narrator Kyf Brewer gives each character a distinct personality, complete with Texan drawls. As Arden unravels the mystery around her father’s disappearance, Brewer deftly leads us through each twist and turn. Bonus: the oh-so-steamy scenes.