A shocking and electrifying thriller from this New York Times bestselling author. For more than thirty years the case has remained stone cold -- the brutal murder of a local Papago girl, her butchered body found stuffed into a large cooler left on the side of Highway 86. No one ever paid for the horrific crime! except, that is, for the victim's ...
A shocking and electrifying thriller from this New York Times bestselling author. For more than thirty years the case has remained stone cold -- the brutal murder of a local Papago girl, her butchered body found stuffed into a large cooler left on the side of Highway 86. No one ever paid for the horrific crime! except, that is, for the victim's loved ones who suffer to this day. Brandon Walker, once the Sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, no longer feels he has a purpose. A reluctant retiree living in the long shadow of his wife Diana Ladd, a successful author of true crime books, he is bored with golf, and more so with life. Salvation comes with an invitation to join the ranks of The Last Chance, an exclusive, nationwide fraternity of former cops and forensic experts who look into unsolved murders that have baffled local law enforcement agencies. And one such case is staring Brandon Walker in the face with cold, dead, entreating eyes; a murder investigation that may have been mishandled by his department when he was a young lawman. The trail of a sadistic, calculating, and blood-chillingly efficient killer soon leads Brandon into a strange world at the unlikely border between forensic science and tribal mysticism; a place where evil hides behind a perfect facade. Now, seeds of terror sown three decades earlier have bloomed and are bearing awful fruit. A forgotten homicide in the Arizona desert is only the beginning of the nightmare that is about to ensnare a diligent ex-cop and his family; for Brandon Walker is the only one still alive who can unravel a blood knot of terror and obsession that will free a dark truth more frightening than he ever imagined.
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-04-12 Jance's third suspense thriller to feature ex-sheriff Brandon Walker and his family (after Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees) deftly mixes Native American mythology with a harrowing plot. An old Tohono O'odham woman, Emma Orozco, asks Walker for help in solving the brutal murder of her daughter, Roseanne, who was slain in 1970. Walker is able to take on the challenge because of his membership in TLC, The Last Chance, a privately funded agency that looks into old, unsolved crimes. This ingenious arrangement allows for great flexibility in the action of the story. As Walker searches for clues in Roseanne's death, he comes across similar murders each with no leads, each involving a dismembered body left alongside a road in the Southwest. The reader learns more and more about the killers, the sexually voracious, utterly amoral Gayle Stryker and her husband, Larry, a truly effective pair of monsters. Meanwhile, Walker's dear friend Fat Crack Ortiz, a Tohono O'odham man, is dying of complications from diabetes. Most of Walker's friends, in fact, are Indians, as is his adopted daughter, Lani. He draws not so much knowledge as strength and perspective from them no mumbo-jumbo here, only believable sensitivity. Agent, Alice Volpe. (One-day laydown July 20) Forecast: Backed by a 15-city author tour concentrated in the Southwest, this one should hit national bestseller lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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