Last Chance Texaco


After running a 10K race in his hometown of Oakdale, Mississippi, Chris Brantley decides to stop at a convenience store for a soft drink before heading home to Rankin County. Doing so turns his life upside down.

Loyal to his wife, Angie, but trapped in a loveless marriage, Chris is smitten when he runs into old flame Lisa Crosby. And Lisa has feelings for Chris, too. They begin corresponding almost daily, and he thinks every day about making her part of his life.

But Lisa has a rich, possessive, hulking ex-husband named Ed Youngblood who can’t let go. Lisa is so frightened of his wrath that when her biological daughter, Dorothy King, contacts her out of the blue and wants to get to know her birth mom, she’s willing…as long as Ed never finds out Dorothy isn’t his child.

Dorothy does learn, however, that Chris Brantley is her father, and reaches out to him after Lisa is killed in a car accident. And when Chris and Dorothy (who bond immediately) compare notes on Lisa’s death, it’s clear this was more than just a tragic crash. It doesn’t take them long to learn that Ed Youngblood, though not directly responsible, did have a role. And Youngblood, once he learns of Chris and his attempts to get both the Oakdale PD and the local TV station to look closely at him, orders an employee to take Chris off the board.

Last Chance Texaco is loaded with twists, turns, and unforgettable characters, both good and evil, which populate the tiny town of seemingly-serene Oakdale. Both bittersweet and heartwarming, it’s a story that will get under your skin and stay there.

“Finally … more about those Oakdale folks! Thanks, Joe Lee, for a thoroughly captivating page-turner. Great read!”
—Jill Conner Browne, thesweetpotatoqueen

“…many plot twists that will keep readers turning pages.”
—The Sun Herald

“Joe Lee’s deadly soap opera is a quick and passionate read with Mississippi characters you know, love and hate.”
—J.C. Patterson, The Madison Herald  

 “…you have a classic Southern bittersweet soap opera thriller loaded with twists and turns boths good and evil, all set in a seemingly serene burg.”
—David and Nancy Beckwith, Keys News

“Ever since I have been introduced to the work of Joe Lee I have been a fan, but one thing that I have come to expect is that the next book will give you a little more than the last one. Last Chance Texaco is no different.”
—Cyrus Webb, Conversations Magazine  

“…suspense that builds page after page. It’s a pace that we’ve come to expect from this author.”
—Susan O’Bryan, Town & Gown Magazine