Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that hit
close to home in New York Times bestselling author J. A.
Jance''s thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona''s
Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty, mystery,
An old woman, both a hermit and a hoarder, is dying in Great
Barrington, Massachusetts. While cleaning out her dilapidated
house, her estranged daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in
hundred-dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and
magazines that crowd every corner. After their father ran off with
another woman, Liza and her older stepbrother grew up in this
house, surviving poverty, squalor, and a mentally unstable mother.
So where did all the cash come from?
For Liza, a waitress at a small local diner, the money seems
like a blessing-until an elderly man she''s never met appears at
her mother''s funeral, warning that she''s in danger. Suddenly,
Liza''s quiet life is turned upside down. The house is torched, her
apartment is broken into, and her elderly landlady is murdered.
Someone very dangerous is looking for her and won''t stop until
she''s found. Terrified, Liza sets off on a perilous cross-country
journey that will lead her to Cochise County, Arizona, where
Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her
Junior Dowdle, a developmentally disabled man in his sixties, is
found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near
Bisbee. Inside the cave, the police also discover a badly injured
kitten that is barely alive, as well as the remains of other
mutilated pets. Joanna knows Junior''s foster parents well, and she
considered him a family friend. Though he''d always been kind and
sweet, with the onset of dementia, he had begun having violent
episodes. Could he have hurt those animals? Was his death an
accident? Or is he a victim as well?
Joanna and her modest staff have their hands full investigating
Junior''s death and the animal abuse they uncovered. Then another
case rocks the department-a shocking murder involving Liza and the
money. Her department stretched to the limit, the undaunted sheriff
must solve these two disturbing cases fast, before more innocent
blood can be shed.