by Nancy Stancill
Annie Price, a Houston newspaper reporter, gets more than she bargained for when she's assigned to cover the campaign of Tom Marr, the first secessionist candidate for governor of Texas. The handsome West Texas rancher sways crowds - and intrigues Annie - when he proposes "saving Texas" by seceding from the United States and forming a country that can control its troubled borders and harness its rich resources for Texans only. Behind the campaign, Annie discovers a tarnished community college president, a mysterious ex-CIA officer and his lover, a beautiful Peruvian assassin. Soon, Annie is investigating two deaths and joins forces with a Texas Ranger to get at the truth behind the campaign slogans. Her journey becomes even more difficult amid the sale of her once-powerful newspaper and wrenching cutbacks in her newsroom. Annie must face murder, corruption, love and betrayal with courage in the gritty, colliding worlds of politics and journalism.