Necessary Ends

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Sourcebooks, Apr 3, 2018 - Fiction - 318 pages

"This is reading to be lingered over and savored!" —RICHARD HELMS, Derringer and Thriller Award-winning author

Tai Randolph is no stranger to solving mysteries. With a taste for danger and a talent for amateur sleuthing, she has helped put an assortment of murderers behind bars, much to the displeasure of her lover, Trey Seaver. A former SWAT officer with the Atlanta police department before a car crash inflicted brain injuries forcing a retool of his life, Trey believes in letting the authorities handle complex matters of crime and punishment. He's easier with a world of black and white while Tai wrestles with too many shades of gray.

But then the Talbot case flares back to life.

It was the crime that rocked Atlanta—actress Jessica Talbot shot dead in her Buckhead mansion and her husband, movie producer Nick Talbot, accused of the murder. The case seemed open and shut...until a dirty cop's secret forced prosecutors to set Talbot free. Now, four years later, someone wants Talbot dead, and the evidence points to the man most convinced of Talbot's guilt—Trey.

Talbot offers an irresistible deal—he'll keep Trey's name off the suspect list if Trey agrees to a one-on-one interview. It's a chance for Trey to deploy his post-injury ability to read lies and determine once and for all if Talbot really is a killer, but it could also expose secrets in Trey's own past, confidential information he has sworn to protect. Caught between his drive for justice and his need for security, Trey does the unexpected—he asks Tai to help him investigate.

It's a situation fraught with drama and potential disaster, the kind of case Tai relishes. With Trey by her side—and in a killer's crosshairs—she vows to use every trick in her slightly sketchy playbook to stop a vigilante murderer from claiming a fresh victim. Can she and Trey keep themselves out of a killer's crosshairs long enough to crack open a new chapter in their lives?

Tai Randolph series:
The Dangerous Edge of Things (Book 1)
Darker Than Any Shadow (Book 2)
Blood, Ash, and Bone (Book 3)
Deeper Than the Grave (Book 4)
Reckoning and Ruin (Book 5)
Necessary Ends (Book 6)

Praise for the Tai Randolph series:
"If you're wondering who can give Stephanie Plum a run for her money, meet Tai Randolph." —Kirkus Reviews STARRED review for The Dangerous Edge of Things
"With its psychological edge, smoldering romantic tension, and the Atlanta setting, she's got a unique and appealing series underway." —Library Journal for Darker Than Any Shadow
"Whittle has established herself as one of the top mystery writers working today." —ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times bestselling author for Blood, Ash and Bone
"Smoldering, sinister, and consistently entertaining!" —HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, bestselling and award-winning author for Deeper Than the Grave

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User Review  - SassyBrit - LibraryThing

Visit all my reviews here. I love to chat books! Necessary Ends by Tina Whittle highlights Tai Randolph and Trey Seaver, detective partners and partners in life. Whittle’s writing style pulls readers ... Read full review

Necessary Ends

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In Whittle’s skillfully plotted sixth mystery featuring witty, intrepid Atlanta gun shop owner Tai Randolph (after 2016’s Reckoning and Ruin), PI Finn Hudson approaches Tai’s boyfriend, Trey Seaver, a ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Tina Whittle is a mystery writer working in Statesboro, Georgia. Her short fiction has appeared in The Savannah Literary Journal, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Gulf Stream, which selected her story "Lost Causes and Other Reasons to Live" as the 2004 winner of their Mystery Fiction contest. She is a columnist and feature writer for The 11th Hour, a local alternative newspaper, and also works as a professional tarot reader.