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“J. R. Backlund is a vibrant new voice in crime writing and one to watch.”

—Brian McGilloway, New York Times bestselling author of Little Girl Lost

Coming October 9, 2018 from Crooked Lane Books.


Available now for pre-order in hardcover or ebook.

Rachel Carver discovers a link between a recent grizzly murder and the case that ended her career with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. She is close to uncovering the truth when the killer strikes again, framing her in the process. On the run and desperate for answers, she peels back the layers of the victims' lives, and discovers a shocking litany of murder and lies that began on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. Even if Rachel can prove her own innocence, she may not be able to save herself.

Available now in hardcover and ebook. 
Look for it in paperback, beginning 
September 11, 2018.
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Rachel Carver blames herself for the death of an innocent woman in her last case as a special agent for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Unable to accept her superior's attempts to cover up the incident, she turned in her badge. But when a former partner asks her to consult on a new murder case, she reluctantly agrees, traveling to a small mountain community, where she's tasked with leading a group of detectives on a hunt for the killer.

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