Barbed Wire Heart (Hardcover)

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Harley has worked for her father Duke since she was sixteen, dreading the day she will succeed him as North County's most dangerous drug lord. But her time has run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are coming after her in an attempt to pressure Duke. Harley must choose: follow in her father's footsteps--or burn the whole thing down. A fierce and feminist thriller, Barbed Wire Heart is chilling, atmospheric, and just about unputdownable.


— From Barbed Wire Heart


This powerful debut thriller from "a major new talent" (Kirkus) set in a poor, rural community where loyalty is everything, "packs an emotional punch" (Lisa Gardner) as the daughter of a meth kingpin is forced to choose between family, or freedom.

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, 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. And they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.

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 both 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.

About the Author

Born in a mountain cabin to a punk rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a lot of dogs and a growing colony of slightly feral cats. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA novel Far From You and the co-editor of Toil & Trouble, a feminist YA anthology.

Praise For…

"Harley is one of the most complex, fascinating, dangerous characters I've encountered in years."—Lisa Gardner

"Terrific. "—David Baldacci

"Pulls off something rare."—Chicago Tribune

"Possibly the most powerful, original female character we've had in decades."—New York Journal of Books

"A ballad of survival sung by a voice you'll never forget."—David Joy

"Highly satisfying."—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

"Sharpe is definitely a name to watch."—Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538744093
ISBN-10: 1538744090
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 416
Language: English