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Nick Anthony has retreated to the North Carolina mountains to mourn the untimely death of his wife. Once a popular professor, Nick just wants to be left alone with his grief. But when his estranged brother and sister-in-law die in a house fire, a stunned Nick learns he has a niece, Annalise, who is missing. At the scene of the crime, the men who set the fire have realized Annalise, and the information they are looking for, got away. Feverish and exhausted, she stumbles onto her uncle's porch, throwing Nick into the middle of the mystery of her parents' death and the dangerous criminals hunting her down. Hired to retrieve the stolen information at any price, private military contractor Cole and his team track Annalise to Nick's cabin. But Nick has a hidden past of his own - and more than a few deadly tricks up his sleeve.

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Christopher Swann

Christopher Swann is a novelist and high school English teacher. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he earned an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. SHADOW OF THE LIONS, his debut novel, was a finalist for the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction, and Chris was a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award as well. SHADOW OF THE LIONS was also long listed for the 2018 Southern Book Prize and named one of Southern Living's Best Southern Books of the Year in 2017. His second novel, NEVER TURN BACK, has been called "an extraordinarily compulsive read" in a starred review from Booklist and "a wild, compelling ride from beginning to end" by Kirkus Reviews. It has also been listed as one of Amazon's Best Books of October 2020. Chris is currently working on a third book, due out in 2021.Learn more at https://christopherswann.com

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