In this page-turning novel set in the Depression-era South, New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe transports readers to a small Alabama town where home is not always a sanctuary, and two neighboring families let pleasantries mask increasing resentment. . .
Bootlegging was Milton and Yvonne Hamilton&;s ticket out of poverty, prison time, and plain bad luck. Now they&;ve moved on&;to a bigger, richer pool of clientele&;right in their own respectable new middle-class backyard. And their growing friendship with seemingly-perfect couple Joyce and Odell Watson is proving golden in more ways than one . . .
As Milton soon learns, Odell is hiding an outside family and dubious business dealings. It&;s the perfect recipe for a blackmail scheme that will help Milton hide his own dirty
secrets&;even from Yvonne. Better yet, he can take ever more dangerous risks to ace out his
liquor-smuggling rivals&;and add a lucrative temptation to his illicit services. And Yvonne, emboldened by her husband&;s new gravy train, delights in tormenting Joyce about everything the snobbish matron doesn&;t have&;especially children.
But even a winning hand can be played too far. Pushed past their limits, Odell and Joyce will play on Milton&;s careless boasting&;to get him and Yvonne out of their lives for good. And soon, a devastating frame-up will plunge one couple into a living nightmare&;and set the stage for explosive retribution . . .