When Noah Marshall hears a gun fired in his kitchen, he runs out of the shower to his mother’s side, but he isn’t fast enough to save her. Jackie Marshall, chief of police, shot herself in the head—but why?
Twenty years earlier, Jackie had worked hard, alongside her partner and best friend, Abe Wilkes, to scour the streets of Austin, Texas, clean of dealers and addicts. The drugs and money left behind at each bust were tempting, but family kept them straight. In fact, Abe, his wife, Dina, and their daughter, Gracie, treated Jackie and Noah like family. By the time Gracie was 6, though, Abe had been killed in a drug bust, his reputation had been ruined, and his family had fled to Arizona, where Dina eventually turned to heroin herself. Meanwhile, Jackie had risen in the ranks to head the police department, and her brother, Silas,was well on his way to becoming the district attorney. Jackie’s suicide leaves everyone bewildered, especially Noah, who begins finding clues that the story of Abe’s death may not be so clear after all. Tucker (Until it Fades, 2017, etc.) masterfully sets the stage with the mysteries of Abe’s and Jackie’s deaths and then ratchets up the tension as Noah discovers a stash of money meant for Gracie and delivers it just in time to save Dina from a burning trailer. In short order, Noah and Gracie have ripped open the fabric of an investigation so dirty it threatens their own lives. Was Abe really corrupt? Did Jackie kill herself? And where did the money for Gracie come from? A master of steamy romance, Tucker skillfully threads Noah and Gracie’s sexual tension throughout the investigation, which will please her fans.
No one is above suspicion in this taut, sizzling romantic mystery.