The year 1920 comes in with a roar in this rousing and suspenseful novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.
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.
A native Texan, and now American author, Sandra Brown, has published over seventy novels, with books in print numbering eighty million or more worldwide. Out of her works, she has had sixty New York Times bestsellers. She was born in Waco, then grew up in Fort Worth, and majored in English at Texas Christian University. She would come to be given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from TCU. She and her husband, Michael, created a foundation to award an annual scholarship to a student whose interests lie in fictional writing.
In 2011 she and other colleagues travel to Afghanistan to tour several United States bases. She currently lives with her husband in Arlington, Texas.