Sneak Peek: The Conspiracy by Kat Martin
The Conspiracy, by Kat Martin
Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Desperate, Harper turns to P.I. and owner of Maximum Security, Chase Garrett. But dealing with the Winston crime family won’t be easy. Time is running out. Chase must keep Harper safe…and both of them alive.
When family ambition turns deadly Chase Garrett must keep Harper safe and both of them alive.
Chase watched the willowy blonde walk out of his office. With her sleek pale blond hair, delicate features, and perfect complexion, she wasn't just pretty, she was lovely in the extreme. He clamped down on a thread of sexual heat as she disappeared from view.
It surprised him. He remembered hearing talk at the country club before she moved to Houston. Rumor had it Harper Winston was an ice queen. Her ex-boyfriend made jokes about taking a dead fish to bed. Aside from being slightly irritated on her behalf as a former friend of her brother's, he hadn't paid much attention.
Seeing her today, he wondered. The woman who had come into his office to help her brother was passionately determined, willing to put herself in danger to find the brother she obviously loved.
He couldn't help but admire her. And it made him doubt what her ex and the country club crowd had said. All that fire had come from somewhere deep inside. Maybe it just took the right man to stir the flames.
The thought didn't sit well. The pull of attraction he had felt last night had only grown stronger today, reminding him of the first time he had seen her all those years ago.
She'd just turned sixteen that day. He'd gone with her brother to her birthday party, he and Michael, both twenty one, had just graduated from Yale. He'd thought she looked like an angel.
Unfortunately, an angel who was his best friend's sister, way too young and completely out of his reach.
Over the years he and Michael had gone their separate ways, Chase ending up in law enforcement, a life-long passion, Michael sliding deeper and deeper into drugs and alcohol--thanks to his no-good father.
Knox Winston was a gangster in expensively tailored business clothes. His ruthless, shady dealings had made him obscenely rich, but at a tremendous cost. His wife had committed suicide. His son had overdosed more than once.
How the man had escaped prosecution for so many years was something Chase could not comprehend.
After his friendship with Michael had ended, Chase had stayed away from the family and until this morning, had every intention of keeping it that way. Now a pair of big blue eyes clouded with worry and memories of a man he had once loved like a brother were dragging him back into the fold.
Chase silently cursed. Grabbing his navy blazer off the back of the chair, he shrugged it on over his jeans and shirt and walked out into the open area the guys called the bullpen.
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Kat Martin "There is something special about Texas."
The Texas Mystique
Since my new book, THE CONSPIRACY, Chase Garrett and Harper Winston’s story, is set in Texas, I thought it might be fun to talk about one of my favorite places.
There is something special about Texas. My husband and I lived in Houston for a couple of months one summer and it was a wonderful experience. The people in Texas are extremely friendly, and always seem to be in a good mood.
We stuffed ourselves on gourmet meals in some of the country’s finest restaurants, ate a ton of delicious Tex Mex, enjoyed Asian, Indian flatbread, and just about everything else. We visited art galleries, the beach, and drove past some of the beautiful ranches in the area.
That was the good news. The bad news was Houston in August is HOT. It’s also muggy and sticky and you just can’t wait for October to arrive. Or maybe September.
Two years ago, we traveled to Lubbock for a Western Writers of America conference. I was reluctant to go in the summer, but it turned out to be a really great trip--hot but dry. We visited the Museum of Texas Tech and met some fun people, including old-time movie star, Barry Corbin, who’s been in everything from Urban Cowboy to The Best Little Whore House in Texas.
For the past few years, I’ve been setting my stories in Dallas, one of my favorite cities. In THE CONSPIRACY, out January 22nd, Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Desperate to find him, Harper is forced turn to the wealthy owner of Maximum Security, private detective, Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend.
But dealing with the Winston crime family won’t be easy. With time running out, Chase must find a way to keep Harper safe...and both of them alive.
Texas is a place that captured my soul long ago. If you don’t have time to visit, I hope you look for Harper and Chase in THE CONSPIRACY and that you enjoy.
Till next time, all best and happy reading,
Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn’t responded to texts or emails, and even the Coast Guard can’t find him. Desperate, Harper is forced turn to private investigator and wealthy owner of Maximum Security, Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend.
Dealing with the Winston crime family goes against everything Chase stands for, but old loyalties die hard. As the case progresses, he’s drawn closer to Harper and deeper and deeper into trouble. With time running out, Chase must find a way to keep Harper safe…and both of them alive.
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