The Bourbon Thief
MIRA / June 28, 2016 / $15.99 print, $8.99 digital
Rarely does a title so completely describe a plot and yet disguise the complex tale that lies behind. The opening scene is straight out of an old-fashioned crime noir.
There wasn’t much in the world Cooper McQueen cared about more than a good bourbon. In his forty-five years, not one single beautiful woman had managed to persuade him to set down his drink and leave it down. But when the woman in the red dress walked into his bar—a gift from the gods tied in a tight red bow—McQueen decided he might have seen the one woman on earth who could turn even him into a teetotaler. Her dress was tight as old Scrooge’s fist, red as Rudolph’s nose, and looking at her, McQueen had only one thought—Christmas had come awfully early this year.
Millionaire distiller Cooper McQueen overhears “Miss Christmas” ask bartender Maddie for a bourbon that stumps her—Red Thread. He inserts himself into the conversation.