When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.
In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.
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I am not quite sure just what I was expecting when I picked up this book but it sure wasn't being told a story that absolutely entranced me. This story is at once a tale of love, of murder, of a family's sins and just possibly redemption.
When Cooper picks up a woman in the bar, the last thing that he ever expected was that he would give her the last bottle of Red Thread bourbon in existence. Paris however knew that she wasn't leaving without that bottle and she doesn't care what she has to do to get it.
What she ended up doing is telling Cooper a story about how the fire that destroyed Red Thread distillery came about. This story uncovers some secrets the Maddox family would have preferred to remain buried. It's a tale full of murder, betrayal, greed and love.
Ms. Reisz is a masterful storyteller who draws her readers into story so that we have the best view in the house. I was almost able to reach out and touch the stable walls, taste a sip of Red Thread bourbon, and feel Tamara's confusion about her family. This is one book that demands to be read in one sitting.
I highly recommend THE BOURBON THIEF to any of my readers who enjoy a good mystery with quite a few unexpected twists. There is some violence as well as sex so might not be the best read for the younger ones though.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.