by Linda L. Richards
September 4 - 29, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Still struggling towards the light, this time the assignment is to save, not kill.
Taking lives has taken its toll. Her moral justifications have faltered. Do any of the the people she has killed — some of them heinous, but all of them human — deserve to die?
Her next target is Cameron Walker, a rancher in Arizona. When she arrives at his remote desert estate to carry out her orders, she discovers that he is a kind and beautiful man. After a lengthy tour of the ranch, not only has she not killed him, she’s wondering who might want him dead.
She procrastinates long enough that a vibe grows between them. At the same time, she learns that he’s passionate about wild horses and has been fighting a losing political battle to save the mustangs that live on protected land near his property. He’s even received death threats from those who oppose him.
She finds herself trying to protect the man she was sent to kill, following a trail that leads from the desert, to the Phoenix cognoscenti, to the highest offices in Washington, DC. Along the way she encounters kidnappers and killers, horse thieves and even human traffickers. Hopefully she can figure out who ordered the hit before they hire someone else to execute the assignment.
Praise for Dead West:
"Linda L. Richards delivers yet another riveting entry in her hired killer series. Set mostly in Arizona desert country, Dead West is a dust devil of a story, twisting in wildly unpredictable ways and with a powerful emotional center. But this book isn’t just a marvelously compelling thriller; it also cries out passionately for protection of the endangered wild horses of the West. Kudos to Richards for seamlessly weaving an important message into the fabric of a terrific tale."
~ William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author
"When a contract killer’s wounded conscience begins to awaken, it only heightens the dangers of her profession. In Dead West, the incomparable Linda L. Richards poses the possibility of redemption and recovery for her tragic heroine, all while sending her – and us – on a deadly thrill ride through the stunning Arizona wilderness."
~ Clea Simon, Boston Globe bestselling author
Genre: Thriller, Noir, Suspense
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: September 2023
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781608095124 (ISBN10: 1608095126)
Series: The Endings Series, Book 3
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookShop.org | Goodreads | Oceanview Publishing
Read an excerpt:
A great addition to the Endings series!
Dead West is the third novel in veteran author Linda L. Richards’s
female killer-for-hire series, Endings, and the stories just keep getting better. In
this latest addition, our nameless assassin accepts a difficult assignment to
take out a rancher whose Arizona property and wild horse sanctuary abut a
national forest. You’d think a less populated environment would make her
planning and execution easier, but in reality, a stranger showing up in the
middle of nowhere USA attracts a whole lot of unwanted attention, and that’s
never good for business.
main character in this series never reveals her true name, but for the purpose
of moving about society, she currently goes by the purchased identity of
Katherine Eveline Ragsdill. Except for her dog, she leads a solitary life, both
by necessity and choice, out of the sight of the curious, still grieving the
loss of her son and husband. However, she’s starting to re-examine her choices
and questions her life and actions. While scouting out the location and
situation of her current mark, for some inexplicable reason that even she can’t
put in words, she allows herself to get to know her intended target, and she
likes what she sees – a lot.
author tells the tale from our woman’s point of view, and her voice is honest
and appealing, with bits of humor lightening what is a sober narrative.
Richards’s writing style is smooth and compelling reading, and the pages flew
by effortlessly. The story is that well-paced. The book takes the assassin from
a tropical island to the desert to cosmopolitan cities, but no matter where the
story leads, the author quickly makes the reader feel like they are on location
with the characters. The plot is based on a twist in the assassin’s actions,
which is not the last one to happen. I was guessing up until the very end.
this is the third book in the series, it can genuinely be read and enjoyed as a
standalone. However, do yourself a favor and read the first two. I recommend
DEAD WEST to readers of crime fiction and mysteries.
Linda L. Richards is the award-winning author of over a dozen books. The founder and publisher of January Magazine and a national board member of Sisters in Crime, she is best known for her strong female protagonists in the thriller genre. Richards is from Vancouver, Canada and currently makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona. Richards is an accomplished horsewoman and an avid tennis player. She enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking and playing guitar, though not at the same time.
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