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Barbed Wire Heart

Barbed Wire Heart

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"Never cut the drugs--leave them pure. Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded. Family is everything--betray them and die. Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built. Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. Years ago, they were responsible for her mother's death, and now they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter. With a bloody turf war threatening to consume North County, Harley is forced to confront the truth: that her father's violent world will destroy her. Duke's raised her to be deadly--he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out Duke's operation and the Springfields. Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win. From a powerful new voice in suspense fiction comes the unforgettable story of a young woman facing the most difficult choice of her life: family or freedom"--
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781538744093
1538744090
Branch Call Number: FIC SHAR
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 24 cm

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KatG1983
Aug 24, 2018

Barbed Wire Heart alternates chapters, between present day, and key points in the main character's life that shaped the person she became. Harley is the daughter of a crime boss, who lost her mother early in life in an incidence of violence; and she's about to inherit the family business. Barbed Wire Heart tells the story of who Harley chooses to be, in a world she didn't choose to be a part of. Fairly well written book, the author definitely had me caring about the characters.

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NedSu
Aug 09, 2018

This is a pretty good book, and smacks of verisimilitude in the author's depiction of wild western atmosphere of Northern California and its drug trade.

The main story continues as a bad ads female protagonist moves through the week. Almost every other chapter reflects on the past that molded her into what she is today- the first time she saw someone die, the first time she shot a man, the first time she disposed of a body. All these flashbacks are mirrored in the actions of the main story. Harley McKenna is her name and she is awesome in a nourish way.

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