THE BOURBON THIEF: A SOUTHERN GOTHIC NOVEL
RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Winner & Editors' Choice Book of the Year Award Nominee
A Family With Bourbon in Its Blood, and Blood on Its Hands
When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.
In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.
From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery.
"The Bourbon Thief isn’t just good, it’s exceptional. The story captured my imagination; the characters captured my heart." — Literati Literature Lovers
"Reisz fills the narrative with rich historic details; memorable, if vile, characters; and enough surprises to keep the plot moving and readers hooked until the final drop of bourbon is spilled." — Booklist
"Impossible to stop reading." — Heroes & Heartbreakers
"I loved the Original Sinners series, and this book looks like an epic to delve into on a long, lazy afternoon. Her prose is quite beautiful, and she can weave a wonderful tight story." — New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jennifer Probst
"An RT Top Pick... RT Seal of Excellence July 2016." — RT Book Reviews
"The Bourbon Thief is the sort of book that knocks you off your feet, steals your sanity and keeps you up all night reading! Fair warning — this is definitely a nontraditional love story... Not for the faint of heart!" — Emily Walton, RT Book Reviews
"Prepare yourself for soap-operatic level twists, and also to ignore everything else in your life as your race to the end of this eyebrow-raising tale." — Elissa Petruzzi, RT Book Reviews
"The author delivers twists that you will not see coming. Who would've thought that a book about bourbon would amount to this?" — Danielle Valente, RT Book Reviews
"This Southern Gothic-inspired stand-alone is exactly what readers would expect from Reisz: beautifully written and delightfully insane." — Elisa Verna, RT Book Reviews
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