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Bartholomew Beck has a secret.
He saw who killed his neighbor, but he lied to the police and now the wrong man is on Death Row.
Oh, and he wrote a best-selling true crime book on the murder, further cementing his lies.
Twenty years after Summer Foster's death and his writing career is as cold as her mutilated corpse. He is working on a Texas oil pipeline and trying to get through the day when he finds a co-worker beaten to death with a screwdriver sticking out of her right eye - just like Summer. This time he has to come clean with what he knows and Let the Guilty Pay.
“An intelligent, textured and taut thriller about political corruption through the lens of a disgraced journalist.” –Best Thrillers
When reporter Levi Cole returns to his rural Texas hometown to help a colleague and married ex-girlfriend report on a murder, he finds out he’s caught in a deep conspiracy.
Two years after an anonymous tip helps reporter Levi Cole break one of the biggest political scandals in recent memory, the same unknown conspirators expose him for fabricating parts of his stories. After resigning from his cushy job in Dallas, Levi returns to his rural Texas Panhandle hometown to regroup and win over Kat Hallaway – the married woman and fellow reporter he left behind – by helping her cover a grisly murder. But, as Levi and Kat get close to unraveling the mystery, she is kidnapped by the killer. When Levi finally finds Kat, he learns the identity of his tormentors and how they connect to the murder. Faced with the truth, Levi must decide how far he will go to rescue the woman he loves and regain control of his life.
True crime writer Bartholomew Beck has one last shot at getting his career back on track.
To do it, Beck agrees to write about Mistress Samantha -- the single mother and virtual dominatrix who confessed to killing a North Texas pastor. Her daughter, Caitlin Parks, wants Beck's book to humanize her in hopes of getting her off Death Row.
But while he's researching the case, Beck - whose only bestselling book is nearly twenty years in his rearview - discovers the motive for Pastor Jerry Erickson's death is much darker than what Caitlin has let on.
What he learns will force Beck, Caitlin, and others to decide whether or not they can Live with the Truth.