Let the Guilty Pay
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Published by: Fawkes Press
Release Date: July 4, 2020
Bartholomew Beck has a secret.
He saw who killed his neighbor, but he lied to the police and now the wrong man is on Death Row.
Oh, and he wrote a bestselling true-crime book on the murder, further cementing his lies.
Twenty years after Summer Foster’s death, Beck’s writing career has gone cold and he’s making ends meet on a Texas oil pipeline when he finds a co-worker beaten to death with a screwdriver sticking out of her right eye — just like Summer.
This time he’ll have to come clean with what he knows and Let the Guilty Pay.
“… a cleverly plotted, deftly paced page-turner with deeply relatable characters. Everyone has a secret, everyone has an agenda, and Rick Treon dispenses the well-earned twists and reveals with the stiletto precision of a master.”
— Heather Young, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Girls and The Distant Dead
“I read (Let the Guilty Pay) in one day, something I almost never do. It was expertly paced, the characters distinct, and the twists surprising. … This book will keep you entertained until the last, satisfying page. Crime fiction fans (or really, fans of fast-paced books in general) will love this one! Highly recommend.”
— Heather Chavez, author of No Bad Deed
“Rick Treon does a wonderful job with misdirection and suspense.”
— Chera Hammons, PEN Southwest Book Award winner and author of Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom
“Masterfully written with multiple twists along the way, this murder mystery told across two decades is an excellent summer read that begs to be read with a cold beer at your side.”
— Andrew J Brandt, author of Palo Duro, nominated for 2020 Reading the West award
“… invites you in like a glass of sweet tea, then knocks you off your feet like a fifth of whiskey. This is dirty Texas noir where nobody walks away clean.”
— August Norman, award-winning author of Come and Get Me and Sins of the Mother
“In Rick Treon’s Let the Guilty Pay, the search for truth is at a premium, weaving together several narrative threads withtwists that are both shocking and satisfying. But what sets this novel apart are the characters: warm, funny, relatable — people you want to spend time with, on the page or off it. I was sorry when the book came to an end and can’t wait for the next one.”
— David Albertyn, author of Undercard
“Rick Treon’s Let the Guilty Pay is a sharp, mesmerizing thriller weaving together two murders, two decades apart; the connections between these crimes become evident through unexpected twists and revelations. Featuring complex, well-rounded characters and vivid settings, this novel begs to be finished in one sitting and left me eager for another installment.”
— K.P. Kyle, author of Sync
“Treon displays his prowess as a storyteller … an intricately plotted, fast-paced, yet suspenseful crime thriller.”
— Scott Semegran, award-winning author of The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island
“Treon knows how to crank up the tension … a polished and absorbing (series) debut.”
— Lone Star Literary Life
“Let the Guilty Pay is an exciting original twist on the classic whodunit, resulting in a gripping page-turner you won’t be able to put down. … It’s the kind of book you’ll not so much read as inhale.”
“Let the Guilty Pay by Rick Treon is an exciting ride that doesn’t let go until you turn the final page. … a compelling tale of intrigue, deception, and mystery that will keep you guessing right until the end.”
— Readers’ Favorite