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National bestselling author Kiki Swinson's novels set it off with killer plot twists, merciless characters—and an unsparing portrayal of Southern struggling, lying, betraying . . . and dying. Now everything is on the line as a female firefighter desperate for money gets caught up in a man-made disaster . . .
Set your schemes . . . A volunteer Virginia Beach firefighter, Alayna Curry faces death every day—and is proud to carry on her retired father's legacy. But with cash always tight and her long-time boyfriend Levi pressuring her to give up what she loves to make more money, she knows she needs more cash flow to stay afloat. . .
Set your traps . . . All Alayna has to do is keep quiet about a scheme to burn down buildings for insurance-hungry “clients.” And for a while she’s on fire from the rush, making insane cash—and finding new passion in all the wrong places. But when the money suddenly stops rolling in—and one “client” after another pushes back against the deal—Alayna and the rest of the crew stop watching out for each other and start fighting for their lives . . .
Set your life on fire . . . Now with the cops turning up the heat and every firefighter for themselves, Alayna must walk an impossible line to get out from under. But between betrayal, secrets, and broken duty, will what loyalty she has left be the one thing that burns her life to the ground for good?
About the Author
Kiki Swinson is a nationally bestselling author whose novels, inspired by her experiences and a five-year stint in federal prison, have sold over 3.4 million copies. Swinson’s works feature resilient women making tough—and sometimes not quite legal—decisions to survive. She completed her first novel while incarcerated and her second novel, Wifey, went on to become a #1 Essence® bestseller and the first installment in one of today’s most popular urban series. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia—and a former hustler’s wife—Swinson resides in Bel Air, Maryland. Visit her on instagram at @AllThingsKikiSwinson.
Praise for KiKi Swinson
"Kiki captures the heat of the streets." —Wahida Clark
"Pitch-perfect dialogue, juicy sexual trysts, cold-blooded betrayal, and ruthless violence mark this suspenseful fast-moving tale that is topped off by a shocking epilogue." —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW on The Score
"Swinson delivers another strong, fully dimensional lead character in Misty, who begins as an ordinary career woman and ends up in even deeper trouble with each wrong choice." —Bookliston The Black Market
"National bestselling author Swinson is back, with a new novel packed with suspense, intrigue, and brutally memorable characters, all portrayed through the lens of gritty Southern life. You'll keep ﬂipping pages to see how the story's heroine faces a succession of harrowing adventures as she ﬁghts desperately to keep herself, and those she loves, alive." —The Grio on The Safe House
"Edgy street ﬁction with an extra dose of suspense...For MadameNoire loyalists with an addiction to street stories, Kiki Swinson's latest book is a strong follow-up to her much talked about novel, The Score. Kiki Swinson has raised the bar with The Mark, not only because of the cat and mouse theme that sits between the pages but also because of the ocean-deep suspense that runs all through it." —MadameNoire
"From one of the most prolific and respected voices in urban fiction...You'll tear through this vivid and pulse-pounding journey of a young woman on the run, who will do whatever she can to save her life—and protect those she loves." —CrimeReads on The Safe House
"Breathless suspense explodes on practically every page, highlighted by scenes of violence and merciless, execution-style murders. Lauren comes off as something of Superwoman who performs feats of strength two days after giving birth, but that just adds to the page-turning appeal. Swinson's name will generate strong interest." —Library Journal