Liar City

Sugar & Vice #1

A murder has Seattle on edge, and it falls to a pacifist empath—and a notorious empath hunter—to find the killer before it’s too late...

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“[I]nstantly intriguing… Evan and Reece’s chemistry crackles throughout Liar City‘s nonstop action”
BookPage, starred review

“Therin blends fascinating mythology with tight action sequences and shifting perspectives that keep tensions high. The result is a taut magical mystery that will get readers excited for the next in the series.
Publishers Weekly

Out now!

It’s the middle of the night when part-time police consultant and full-time empath Reece gets an anonymous call warning him that his detective sister needs his help. At an out-of-the-way Seattle marina, he discovers that three people have been butchered—including the author of the country’s strictest anti-empathy bill, which is just days from being passed into law.

Soon, Reece’s caller arrives: a shadowy government agent known as The Dead Man, who is rumored to deal exclusively in cases involving empathy. He immediately takes over the investigation, locking out both local PD and the FBI, but, strangely, keeps Reece by his side. 

As the two track an ever-growing trail of violence and destruction across Seattle, Reece must navigate a scared and angry city, an irritating attraction to his mysterious agent companion, and a rising fear that perhaps empaths like him aren’t all flight and no fight after all…

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner (May 2023)
BookPage Best Romance Novel (March 2023)
All About Romance Desert Isle Keeper

“This promising series opener is packed with action, interesting metaphyiscal abilities, and a fully realized world with political divisions that feel relevant to the current political climate.”
Library Journal

“Therin conjures up an almost Twin Peaks literary vibe for the launch of her new Sugar & Vice series… [Paired] with the author’s flair for crafting capivating characters, as well as her ability to deliver fun, flirtatious bantering between Reece and Evan”

“[Joel] Leslie brings a spot-on Southern drawl to The Dead Man’s emotionless cadence, then seamlessly switches to Reece’s higher-pitched impassioned voice. Leslie’s vocal dexteritycombined with this unique take on the classic whodunitmakes this a must-listen.”
AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner

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