The Barrel, a Rural Noir Thriller by August Birch

The Road to Hell is Uncorked

Imagine Holden Caulfield meets James Bond—and hold on to your wine glass with both hands


The Barrel is amazingly written. It includes humor, drama, well developed characters, detailed settings, mystery, and crime. The plot keeps you sucked in the entire time, and anytime I took a break, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.” – Kari Bickerstaff

The Barrel by August Birch is a keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat, sharpest-edge thriller/mystery/suspense concoction of a novel I’ve ever read.” – Emily Jinxx

“That ending was perfect. There was no better way to end it. It was a massive twist and extremely dark.” – Rachel Foley


SHAWN WANTS MORE FROM LIFE THAN DEATH in a tiny cubicle—shoehorned next to the office bathroom, with a boss who wants him gone. A chance encounter with a mysterious woman forces Shawn to make the career choice of his life. What starts as a lucrative job in wine sales tumbles down a dark rabbit hole of world travel, murder, madness, and mayhem.

With his one-eyed partner, Shawn is thrust underground where the typical constraints of laws and money no longer apply. Exotic locations, hazing rituals, and a cast of misfit handlers take Shawn on a twisted journey towards the highest bidder. Will Shawn close the sale before time runs out, or will he fall to the dark side as others did before him?

The Barrel is a gripping thriller that will force you behind the curtain, revealing a gritty underworld invisible to average citizens. With a brilliant blend of dark humor, danger, and suspense, The Barrel will make you late for dinner and miss your bedtime.

 

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