Sun Valley, Idaho—playground of the wealthy and politically connected—is home to an annual wine auction that attracts high rollers from across the country, and Blaine County sheriff Walt Fleming must ensure it goes on without a hitch. The world’s most elite wine connoisseurs have descended on Sun Valley to taste and bid on the world’s best wines, including three bottles said to have been a gift from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. With sky-high prices all but guaranteed for these historic items, it’s no wonder a group of thieves is out to steal them. Walt is responsible for all the security for the glitzy event, the safety of the dignitaries, the auction site, and the wines themselves.
Walt is enjoying a rare afternoon of freedom, fly-fishing with his nephew Kevin, when a passing truck catches his eye—and his suspicions throw him headlong into the discovery of a complicated plan to steal the rare wine.
When a bomb explodes just as the auction revs up, the investigation explodes as well, pulling Walt in a dozen different directions. He is caught in the middle of a heist of epic proportions—and not the heist he had prepared for—orchestrated by the ingenious mind of Christopher Cantell, a man who seems to have prepared for everything, including the way Walt’s own sheriff’s office will react.
“In Sheriff Fleming, Pearson has created a likable, sympathetic protagonist, forever challenged by ferocious weather, a feisty citizenry, and feral criminal minds.” —Booklist (starred review) on Killer View
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"I like these "killer" books staring Walt Fleming. They've got a little bit of the classic old western novels with a lot of modern flavor. They're cleverly written and this one has a little bit of wit thrown in for good measure. This book mixed two of my favorite types of characters. You've got a great lead that is next to impossible to kill for one reason or another. Walt's reason is his ability to reason. He's a smart sheriff, knows his territory well and always has things under control (except for his love life). The other character thrown into this book is the loner-guy that happens to have a certain skill set that makes him a key ingredient in the story. Cowboy John is that character here. A former military man that got himself into a little bit of trouble has secluded himself as a form of punishment (of sorts) and is leading a very happy existence until a stolen jet (with hostages) crash lands at the remote ranch he's keeping watch over. This Killer story revolves as much around Walt's nephew Kevin as it does Walt, which at times got on my nerves, but overall it's a very well written story. The landscapes are drawn in such a way that I feel I could visit these places and know my way around simply because I've read/heard the stories. The pacing of the book is very nice, things constantly move forward. A very good show, indeed. If you haven't read any of these, I'd recommend starting with the first, while it's not imperative that you do, certain parts of the story will make more sense if you've read the previous 'Killer' novels."
Ryan (4 out of 5 stars)