Let the Guilty Pay
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, award-winning author of The Lost Girls and The Distant Dead
“… 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
“Treon knows how to crank up the tension … a polished and absorbing (series) debut.”
— Lone Star Literary Life
“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
“In Rick Treon’s Let the Guilty Pay, the search for truth is at a premium, weaving together several narrative threads with twists 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
“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, Amazon bestselling author of The Treehouse
“(Treon’s) descriptions and explanations are spot on. The plot thickens, as they say, throughout this suspenseful crime story.”
— Author Betty Reeves