The third in the new detective series that started with Wages of Sin and Day of Atonement, this thrilling page-turner explores what happens when homicide detective Troy Evans is framed for the murder of his ex—and the secrets that got him there.
A devoted husband, father, and detective, Troy will do anything to protect his family…including kill. In a fit of rage, he threatens the life of an ex-girlfriend when she attempts to cause trouble in his marriage. Little does Troy know, his words are caught on tape and will eventually come back to haunt him.
When Troy’s ex mysteriously disappears, he is convinced that she staged her disappearance to get back at him for his rejection, and his assessment seems plausible—until her body is discovered. Soon, Troy becomes the prime suspect in the murder investigation. And as secrets of the past begin to surface, they threaten to destroy more than his reputation; his marriage is at risk, too.
Now on the opposite side of the law, Troy works diligently to find out who has gone to such great lengths to set him up. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over his head, Troy must prove that he’s neither a cheater nor a murderer. If he fails, he could permanently lose his badge, his freedom, and his family.
For over thirty years, Detective Troy Evans has been haunted by the disappearance of Elana Campbell. The younger sister of his best friend, eight-year-old Elana stormed out of the house one August afternoon and that was the last they saw of her…until her body was found thirty years later off the Texan highway in a place known as the Killing Fields.
With no suspects or leads, the Campbells hire private investigator B.K. Ashburn, and Troy heads back to his hometown of Houston to assist with the case. While there, he reluctantly begins to build a relationship with his father, whom he’s spent his entire life hating. Meanwhile, Troy keeps running into dead ends on Elana’s case, except for a gut feeling that Elana’s disappearance all those years ago had to do with a member of her own dysfunctional family.
As Troy and B.K. begin to dig into the pasts of the Campbells’ relatives, they uncover painful secrets that could destroy relationships. And when the culprit is finally revealed, the discovery will leave everyone wondering if perhaps some mysteries should remain unsolved . . .
Troy Evans believes in God, but he’s seen enough evil on his job to shake his faith. Nonetheless, his loyalty to his family never wavers, and he would do anything to protect them—one of the reasons he is a workaholic. Every creep he puts behind bars is one less monster he has to worry about harming his loved ones. His marriage to Natalie would be perfect if she could just understand that.
Natalie loves her family, but she’s becoming increasingly frustrated with Troy’s job. His schedule is often hectic and unpredictable, and she’s also helping her best friend deal with some serious issues—and struggling to come clean about a secret she’s hiding from Troy.
While Natalie deals with her issues, Troy spends the majority of his time searching for a serial killer who abducted and murdered several women without rhyme or reason. Desperate to stop the murderer before more women die, he works diligently, but the killer always seems to be one step ahead of him. Then Troy comes to the awful realization that he and the killer have something in common—something that instantly sets him on a mission to end the terror…or die trying.
(Simon and Schuster/Strebor Books; April 2013; Mass Market Paperback March 2014)
Divorced, single-mother Lisa Hampton has been able to start a new life after a scandalous incident that forced her to relocate to Ohio. Thanks to her job she has the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the state. Lisa’s biggest issue nowadays is her rebellious teenage daughter, Chanelle.
Other than the stress of dealing with Chanelle, life couldn’t be any better for Lisa. She is best friends with Isaac and Olivia Scott, the most influential and powerful couple in the state. If she isn’t hanging with Olivia, Lisa is spending time with her new beau, Minister Eric Freeman. His prayers and words of encouragement have helped her weather the storms in her life. Lisa looks forward to the possibility of a future with Eric, though his expectations may be more than she can handle.
When Chanelle accuses the Scotts’ son of rape, Lisa discovers how quickly her friends become foes as Olivia and Isaac use their wealth, prestige, and power to manipulate justice. And just as things seem to be going smoothly for Lisa and Chanelle, Olivia makes one last destructive move that threatens everything they hold dear.
(Harlequin/Kimani Press; May 2008; Mass Market Paperback June 2013)
Natalie Coleman has always done whatever she needed to survive—even if it meant stealing another woman's husband or trading her favors for money. But now, with a steady job, a rekindled bond with her grandmother Big Mama and a promising new relationship, Natalie finally feels her life getting back on track.
Handsome, smart and sexy, Troy Evans is everything Natalie hoped to find in a man, and things quickly get serious—too serious for Troy. Devastated by his rejection, Natalie returns to the Mississippi home she ran from years ago. There, with Big Mama's help and wisdom, she confronts the painful events of her past, finding comfort in the faith of those around her. And as old wounds heal and the burden of long-buried secrets is lifted, Natalie realizes that God has led her home to show her that with love, prayer and a willing heart, every sinner can be saved, and every life redeemed.
Wendy's already troubled marriage is further complicated by her pregnancy after receiving some disturbing news. Allowing bitterness, fear, and revenge to drive her life, Wendy makes decisions that create even more chaos in her marriage and threatens the stability of her other relationships as well.