night-still canyons of the Arizona desert, a girl is on the run. Alone but for
her beloved red-tailed hawk, she flees from the dark shadows of her young life,
the horror she has witnessed … and the terror that now stalks her.
New York Times bestselling
author J. A. Jance returns with her eighth novel in the highly acclaimed Joanna
Brady mystery series. Set against the backdrop of the modern west, this
gripping tale finds Sheriff Brady juggling a precarious overload in both her
personal and professional lives. About to be married, Joanna’s facing a
daughter turning twelve and going on twenty, a meddlesome mother micromanaging
her wedding, and new in-laws arriving any day. The sudden death of her
much-loved neighbor and handyman, Clayton Rhodes, creates further turmoil,
leaving Joanna shocked, saddened, and the target of Clayton’s irate and
irrational daughter, who accuses the Sheriff’s Department of covering up a
But amidst the uproar, the report of a homicide at Cochise Stronghold
in the Dragoon Mountains quickly captures Joanna’s full attention. An Indian
woman has been found shot to death—a woman recently released from prison after
serving time for the manslaughter killing of her husband. She is the mother of
a missing fifteen-year-old, Lucy Ridder.
The death at first appears to be a case of domestic rage finally
exploding, and a troubled teen runaway may be a victim or a cold-blooded
killer. Yet as Joanna deals with the long-standing troubles of Clayton Rhodes’
family and digs deeper into the mysterious life of Lucy and her family, she
discovers that investigating family hostilities is leading her down a twisted
trail of hatred, greed, and far-reaching consequences—and into a dangerous
world where violence is the first response and long-buried secrets are a reason
to kill … or die.
Once again, J. A.
Jance delivers a gritty, deftly written thriller that unfolds on a vivid
landscape of raw beauty and unrelenting danger. And, as always, Sheriff Joanna
Brady brings the setting to life with the sensitivity, spirit, and intense
passion for justice that makes Jance novels ring with authenticity.
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