With a “knack for romantic tension and page-turning suspense, this one is a winner.” The year 1920 comes in with a roar in this rousing and suspenseful New York Times bestselling novel by Sandra Brown. Prohibition is the new law of the land, but murder, mayhem, lust, and greed are already institutions in the Moonshine Capitol of Texas (Booklist, starred review).
Thatcher Hutton, a war-weary soldier on the way back to his cowboy life, jumps from a moving freight train to avoid trouble . . . and lands in more than he bargained for. On the day he arrives in Foley, Texas, a local woman goes missing. Thatcher, the only stranger in town, is suspected of her abduction, and worse. Standing between him and exoneration are a corrupt mayor, a crooked sheriff, a notorious cathouse madam, a sly bootlegger, feuding moonshiners . . . and a young widow whose soft features conceal an iron will.
What was supposed to be a fresh start for Laurel Plummer turns to tragedy. Left destitute but determined to dictate her own future, Laurel plunges into the lucrative regional industry, much to the dislike of the good ol’ boys, who have ruled supreme. Her success quickly makes her a target for cutthroat competitors, whose only code of law is reprisal. As violence erupts, Laurel and—now deputy—Thatcher find themselves on opposite sides of a moonshine war, where blood flows as freely as whiskey.
Includes a Reading Group Guide.
I’m from the Texas panhandle and live in Breckenridge now. I absolutely loved this book.55
Excellent reading thought it was going to be boring due to it being about the 1900’s but I was wrong. It wasn’t to Romancy just right55
From the first page to the last this book was one of the best I’ve read by Sandra Brown! I couldn’t put it down!55
This was a great book. It was informative and very interesting. Ms. Brown is an excellent writer and keeps you i nvolved in her books from start to finish. One of my favorite writers.55
The book had stereotypic characters and dragged on. Maybe it was the small town atmosphere that required the slow development and had me drowsy. Period pieces are hard to get right and this was no exception. The few action sequences were too drawn out and not thrilling.25
If you like other people’s trauma, then this story is for you.15
An intriguing story with a strong historical bent. The characters are interesting and the story unfolds in an exciting an unpredictable way. An excellent read.55