In the rural landscape of Northern California, it is widely understood that the McKenna crime family rules. Harley McKenna has tried her best to distance herself from the family name - using her skills with a gun and burning anger to protect and run a women's shelter. But when a nearby crime family begins encroaching on her father's territory, Harley allows herself to be drawn back into that world to protect her charges. This novel is unflinching and gorgeously written. Fantastic. Recommended by Emily— From Books We Love: Fiction
This gripping debut thriller set in a poor, rural community where loyalty is everything "packs an emotional punch" as the dangerous daughter of a meth kingpin is forced to choose between family or freedom (Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Tell).
Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.
Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded.
Family is everything--betray them and die.
Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen, dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built.
Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. And they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.
Duke's raised her to be deadly -- he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out both Duke's operation and the Springfields. Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win.
"Possibly the most powerful, original female character we've had in decades." --New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Born in a mountain cabin to a punk rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a lot of dogs and a growing colony of slightly feral cats. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA novel Far From You and the co-editor of Toil & Trouble, a feminist YA anthology.
"Harley is one of the most complex, fascinating, dangerous characters I've encountered in years."—Lisa Gardner
"Terrific. "—David Baldacci
"Pulls off something rare."—Chicago Tribune
"Possibly the most powerful, original female character we've had in decades."—New York Journal of Books
"A ballad of survival sung by a voice you'll never forget."—David Joy
"Highly satisfying."—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
"Sharpe is definitely a name to watch."—Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)