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In her newest assignment for the Line, Signy Shepherd embarks on a rescue mission to save Lizzy Stone and her baby boy in Susan Philpott’s heart-racing thriller, Dark Territory.

Cut off from the Line, what will Signy Shepherd do when the very people she protects become more dangerous than the threats they’re escaping?

Signy Shepherd has spent her career with the Line, a modern underground railroad, shepherding at-risk women out of peril. When Signy takes Lizzy, a young woman desperate to save her infant son, under her protection, the case appears to be like any other. With a severe winter storm on the horizon, Signy drives Lizzy and her son out of the city. Suddenly, she finds the police hot on their tail, and when Lizzy’s erratic behavior propels them into further danger, Signy begins to suspect that her new ward is not the victim she claims to be.

Meanwhile, Signy’s PTSD-stricken mentor, Grace, investigates Lizzy’s husband. But Lizzy’s husband is hiding secrets of his own, and soon Grace finds herself out of her depth. As the treacherous blizzard closes in, the entire operation spirals out of control. Isolated and relying on nothing but her instincts, Signy is confronted with a choice that will force her to risk not only her own life, but those of the people she cares about most.

Expertly plotted and featuring a fiery protagonist, Dark Territory is a taut, high-speed thriller about a young woman who will stop at nothing to save the people she loves.

Photograph (c) Stephen Philpott

Susan Philpott holds a master’s degree in both science and social work. She has worked as a university teaching assistant, zookeeper and mental health professional. The mother of three grown children, she lives in the wilds of Ontario with her husband and yellow lab.

"The novel...features a lot of action and some smart plotting...After reading this, you’ll wish that someone, somewhere, would set up a real-life Line to shepherd the abused and frightened to safety."

– Globe and Mail

“If you like Rick Mofina’s novels, you’ll love Blown Red...a pacy action-packed thriller that will leave you gasping. ... A kickass female protaganist in a thriller who rings true.”

– Peggy Blair, author of The Beggar’s Opera

“Plucky heroine Signy Shepherd never backs down from a fight, and has all the odds stacked against her. You’ll cheer her on as you blow through the pages of Blown Red.”

– Deryn Collier, author of Open Secret

“Gripping from the very beginning! Philpott’s suspenseful storytelling and unique characters will pull you in.”

– New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin

“Philpott’s guiding hand is sure, and the tension radiates throughout the cross-country trip. […] Philpott has a knack for creating compelling relationships.”

– Quill & Quire

“Dark Territory is both intense and humorous, with appealing characters and a consistently surprising plot.”

– National Post

“Taut and tense, Dark Territory is a high octane thriller made all the more exciting by Susan's creative and inventive twists and turns.”

– Open Book Toronto

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