TV preacher Clay Coffee and his glamorous singing-star wife, Susan, lord over Nashville’s “music-biz church”—the place where rich country stars worship.

But Clay brings killer Jessie Tidwell into the flock, billing her as the church’s “poster girl for redemption”—a bad move. She uncorks Clay’s own criminal predilections, releasing a torrent of murder, blackmail, and deception.

The city’s civic leaders and record execs order police detectives James Hazen and Kayla McCool to stanch Clay’s crime spree, and keep a lid on the attendant bad publicity. After all, tourism and music earnings teeter on the edge of industry-wide decline—a scandal could cost the power brokers millions.

James, a former Special Ops soldier, and Kayla, a country music legend’s daughter, chase Clay, his girlfriends, and his criminal past, across East Tennessee’s mountains and Florida’s swampy panhandle.

Heading toward a Palm Beach showdown, they all live life on the road like there’s no tomorrow—for Clay’s next victim, there might not be.

My own life experiences stoked the plot and colored the story: fourteen years making music and publishing a newsletter in Nashville; six years writing news features for New Mexico Magazine, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Santa Fe New Mexican; four years capturing action as a newspaper chief photographer.