Saving Texas by Nancy Stancill
"Annie Price is a reporter stuck in a dead-end job at a dying Houston newspaper. When she decides to profile an ambitious West Texas politician, it's as much out of boredom as ambition. But that one story sucks Annie into a web of intrigue and danger: Murder, fraud and the secessionist movement that are as big and bizarre as Texas itself. Veteran journalist Nancy Stancill has produced a chilling, fast-paced and powerful mystery in Saving Texas. This is a great read."
—Jon Talton, author of the David Mapstone mysteries, the Cincinnati Casebooks, and the thriller Deadline Man
Houston reporter Annie Price is looking for a career-defining story when she profiles Tom Marr. the state's first secessionist candidate for governor. But the big Texas story comes with more than she bargains for—a corrupt college president, a dangerous ex-CIA agent, and a beautiful, deadly Peruvian assassin. Before long, Annie must grapple with two murders, political shenanigans, and a love triangle that will test the limits of her ethics and her heart. Will she be able to get the story before her struggling newspaper implodes or her ruthless enemies get her? Author Nancy Stancill, formerly a reporter for the Houston Chronicle for fifteen years, goes behind the headlines and deep into the gritty heart of journalism and politics in today's Texas.
Nancy Stancill was a journalist for more than thirty years, including fifteen years as an award-winning reporter for the Houston Chronicle. Her experiences as an investigative reporter in Texas inspired this work of fiction. She’s a native of Johnson City, TN, grew up in Virginia, and received a BA in journalism from UNC Chapel Hill. She worked for the Charlotte Observer for fifteen years before moving to London with her husband, a banker, in 2009. She wrote Saving Texas in London. She and her husband returned to Charlotte in late 2012.