When homicide detective Jolie Burke awakens to intruders in the dark of night, she’s forced to flee. Jolie’s nobody’s victim, but she cannot fight this faceless enemy alone. She reaches out to Cyril Landry, the ex–Navy SEAL who is long on special-ops skills and short on patience. He suffers no fools—ever. But when Landry rolls into Branch, New Mexico, Jolie is gone, and there’s nothing waiting for him but trouble.
As Landry hunts for Jolie, he becomes immersed in a quagmire of corruption—a toxic brew of graft, homicide, and the ominous shape of something much bigger. Framed for murder and dodging a sexy FBI agent and a suspicious sheriff, Landry finds himself pitted against a psychopath with secrets even blacker than his sinister sports car. Now Landry’s on a double-barreled mission: reach Jolie before the killers do and dig up some dirt on his enemies before they get the chance to dig his grave.
About the Author
J. Carson Black’s books have been praised by bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver, John Lescroart, David Morrell, Gayle Lynds, and T. Jefferson Parker, who declared her “a strong new voice in American crime fiction.” Her first Cyril Landry thriller, The Shop, reached #1 on the USA Kindle Bestseller list, and her crime thriller series featuring homicide detective Laura Cardinal became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Black’s other suspense titles starring Laura Cardinal are The Devil’s Hour, Cry Wolf, and the Daphne du Maurier Award–nominated Darkness on the Edge of Town. Her second Cyril Landry thriller, Hard Return, followed The Shop as a popular and literary success. Although Black earned a master’s degree in operatic voice, she was inspired to write her first novel, a ghost story, after reading The Shining. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. You can reach her at www.jcarsonblack.com.