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In this gripping mystery thriller novella, "Lethal Loyalty" by MM Desch takes readers on a suspenseful journey through the dark underbelly of a small Colorado town. A perfect short read for fans of domestic suspense and crime fiction, this fast-paced story explores the toxic friendship between two women and the deadly consequences of secrets and lies. Olivia Hahn, a city financial specialist, finds herself caught in a web of corruption and betrayal when her childhood friend turned lover, James, demands access to the city's bank accounts. Torn between her loyalty to James and her fear of losing him forever, Olivia agrees to his request, setting in motion a chain of events that will leave a trail of destruction in its wake. As Olivia's former best friend, Valerie Roberts, uncovers evidence of her misdeeds, the two women become entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Hoodwinked by the cunning Kate Nichols, who professes she and James are engaged in a ‘mission’ to save Durango, Olivia will stop at nothing to keep her secrets hidden, even if it means resorting to spreading a toxin. Set against the backdrop of a drought-stricken Colorado landscape, "Lethal Loyalty" delves into the complexities of human relationships and the lengths people will go to protect those they love. MM Desch's taut prose and richly drawn characters create a suffocating atmosphere of tension and paranoia that will keep readers guessing until the final, shocking twist. With themes of betrayal, corruption, and the blurred lines between loyalty and obsession, this novella is a must-read for anyone who loves a good psychological thriller. "Lethal Loyalty" is a masterful story from a promising new voice in the genre, and a chilling reminder that sometimes the most dangerous enemies are the ones closest to us.
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