COLD TRAIL: Taylor Moore’s Fourth Garrett Kohl Novel Announced

This fall, DEA Special Agent Garrett Kohl returns in Cold Trail, the latest novel from Taylor Moore, available everywhere on September 17, 2024.

Moore, who first burst onto the thriller scene in 2021 with his hit debut novel Down Range, which New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor calls a “riveting thriller,” has wasted no time establishing himself as one of the best new authors in the genre today. His hero, Garrett Kohl, a decorated undercover DEA special agent, has proven to be the man you’d want to call on if you ever find yourself in a bad way. Most recently, Kohl starred in Moore’s last thriller, Ricochet, which was released in 2023.

Cold Trail is Moore’s fourth book, and this time around, Kohl, who is on leave from the DEA and hopes to finally be able to settle down and live a quiet and stable life with his family on their Texas ranch, but things don’t quite go according to plan . . .

“Compared to previous books in the series,” said Taylor Moore in an exclusive statement to The Real Book Spy, “Cold Trail ups the ante on action, intensity, and suspense. I’ve included a few mind-blowing revelations in this one that Garrett Kohl fans are sure to enjoy. By closing out a few storylines and introducing some new ones, this book is great for both veterans of the saga, and new readers, who are looking for the right place to dive in.”

Check out the official plot details below.


In the fourth pulse-pounding thriller in the series, DEA Special Agent Garrett Kohl must find out what’s truly tainted in the energy industry and uncover a deep-rooted plot in order to protect his new business, beloved ranch, and family. Perfect for fans of C. J. Box and Jack Carr.

On leave from the DEA, Garrett Kohl is ready to settle down and build a stable foundation for his family. But that’s easier said than done. In order to give his fiancée, Lacey, and adopted son, Asadi, the life they deserve, and get out from under crippling debt, some risks have to be taken. And shocking alliances have to be formed.

First, Garrett partners with an old nemesis to form his new energy venture: Savage Exploration. Then his estranged, aloof sister, Grace, reemerges, keen on brokering a contract to connect the Kohl Ranch energy play to a pipeline on the Texas coast. But the company’s earlier success is endangered when an explosion at a nearby natural gas plant injures several workers. Garrett begins to suspect foul play and embarks on a winding investigation, teaming up with his old war buddy, Kai Stoddard, and reaching out to his CIA contacts, uncovering a sinister conspiracy overseas.

From an ex-CIA intelligence officer and consultant for the Department of Defense, this exhilarating thriller follows a man’s turbulent journey to fight for his family, clear the names of the people he loves, and hold on to the land that he calls home, culminating in an explosive final showdown that he never could have expected.


Taylor Moore is the author of Ricochet, Firestorm, and Down Range, which was nominated for the Barry Award for Best First Novel, named a Strand Magazine Best Mystery of the year, and selected for the Texas Library Association’s Lariat Reading List. He is a sixth-generation Texan who grew up on a farm and ranch northwest of Houston and is a former CIA Intelligence Officer who worked in both analysis and operations and later consulted for the Department of Defense in Theater Security Cooperation, Force Protection, and Counternarcotics. He now lives in the Texas Panhandle with his wife and two children, where he is a full-time author, screenwriter, and speaker. Cold Trail is Moore’s fourth novel featuring Garrett Kohl.

Readers can pre-order Cold Trail now, ahead of Moore’s September release, when it it’ll be available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook.


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