Rule #1 of being a hired killer: never get to know your target . . . and definitely don’t fall in love with them
Her last assignment was a surprise. Keeping someone alive was a nice change of pace, but now she’s back to doing what a hitwoman does—killing people. But taking lives takes its toll, and her moral justifications begin to falter. Do any of these people—some of them heinous, but all of them human—really deserve to die?
Her next target is a rancher in Arizona—Cameron Walker. When she arrives at his remote desert estate to carry out her orders, she’s greeted by a shockingly kind man. After a lengthy tour of the ranch, not only has she not killed him, she’s wondering who would want him dead?
She procrastinates, instead growing closer to Cameron. She learns that he’s passionate about wild horses and has been fighting a losing political battle to save mustangs that live on protected land near his ranch—he’s even received death threats from his opponents.
Suddenly, she’s faced with protecting the man she was sent to kill. Hopefully, she can figure out who has hired her—before they take matters into their own hands
Perfect for fans of Dean Koontz and Tana French
Praise for Dead West
“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 best-selling author
“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 best-selling author
Praise for the Endings Series
* “[In Endings], Richards combines a damaged protagonist readers will root for with a twisted, whiplash-fast plot filled with layers of moral ambiguity. This harrowing tale of love, loss, and the value of life is not to be missed.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Brilliant. Terrifying. Compulsively readable.” —Hallie Ephron, New York Times best-selling author
“[Exit Strategy is] a daring book to write and a daring book to read, about a person with nothing to lose daring to live and let live.” —New York Journal of Books
“[In Exit Strategy,] two individuals seem to battle within one well-dressed but confused person. Like the unnamed narrator, the story has no end. Planting the seed of an Academy Award-winning film?” —Bookreporter
“A skillfully written and carefully crafted novel showcasing serialkiller psychology that which makes for an inherently absorbing read from coverto cover, Endings is the kind of fully engaging thriller thatmakes for memorable movies.” —Midwest Book Review