Tai Randolph has several anniversaries under her belt: a year in Atlanta, a year running her gun shop, and a year together with Trey, her sexy if somewhat challenging ex-SWAT lover. She’s also helped put a year’s worth of criminals behind bars, including her cousin Jasper, the leader of a white militia splinter group too violent for even the Klan.
Before she can pop the champagne, however, Jasper’s back, and he’s got a fancy new lawyer and a diabolical scheme sure to ruin both her and Trey. Soon she’s deep in familiar troubles – a missing ex-boyfriend, a creepily literate stalker, a passel of stolen money – and back in Savannah, the hometown she’d hoped to keep forever in her rear-view mirror.
Old memories, older ghosts, and a killer on the prowl – the Georgia Lowcounty is a dangerous place once the sun goes down, and Tai’s going to need every wit she has to survive.
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PRAISE for Reckoning and Ruin
“This is a fine murder mystery that does all the things it should do, opening special windows on character, behavior, legal issues, and investigative procedure in ways that distinguish it from others in the genre. For all that, the reader’s journey inside of the relationship between Tai and Trey, so fraught with the possibility of disaster, so filled with longing, is the solder that binds the pieces together and also the novel’s beating heart.” — Philip K. Jason for Southern Literary Review
“The fifth installment in the Randolph series takes Tai back to her hometown of Savannah, where she’s forced to confront her own dark past and the family she worked so hard to leave behind. The focus is on character here: Tai, her troubled boyfriend, her disreputable family. The story is smartly constructed, but it’s the people—portrayed with subtlety and depth—who keep us glued to the page. Fans of the series will enjoy this one very much.” — David Pitt for Booklist
“What makes [Reckoning and Ruin] such an outstanding read is the unique relationship between Tai and Trey. Trey’s struggle to reorganize his life in a manner his brain can accept is as fascinating as the interactions between these two troubled individuals. Tai prides herself on her independence, and her immense control issues have her battling with Trey as much as she empathizes with him. The year of loving Trey has Tai all too aware of his flaws, and frustration often has her emotionally striking out to the point of no return. They are stronger together than apart though, and this unique mystery highlights fascinating characters and the Lowcounty Savannah setting. The result is a compelling and outstanding mystery series.” — Cynthia Chow for King’s River Life
“All I can say is, “wow, this book blew my mind, in a good way.” The author has created a brilliantly executed [and] emotional dynamic mystery that pulled me in immediately and had me spellbound in every nuance in the telling of this tale….This is the best book thus far and I’m looking forward to more exciting exploits with Tai, Trey and their friends.” — Dru Ann Love for Dru’s Book Musings
“Tai Randolph has to deal with one peril after another in Whittle’s twisty fifth novel featuring the Atlanta gun shop owner (after 2014’s Deeper than the Grave)….Readers should be prepared for a shocker of an ending.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Reckoning and Ruin is unputdownable; a thrilling, complex story in Whittle’s unique style.” — Marilyn Beebe for Stuff and Nonsense
“I was immediately captivated by Tai Randolph….Once the plot of Reckoning and Ruin kicks into gear, it moves quickly. The mounting levels of danger Tai faces make her actions seem natural and necessary….Whittle handles plot pacing deftly and maintains tension, not via one shootout after another, but by the creation of conflict between characters.” — Terry Ambrose in the National Examiner
“Headstrong and determined, a woman trying to leave her past behind is forced back to her Savannah home to confront her biggest adversaries: her family. . . . Those enamored of Tai will enjoy the way [the backstory] drives the plot, which is most likely to appeal to those with a strong investment in the heroine.” — Kirkus