Hipster movie critic Ann Whitehead pushed a Hollywood murder case to a bloody climax and almost died herself. Changed forever-less stupid and more fun-she has moved on to a place she knows well: the San Joaquin Valley, where her grandfather''s closest friend, Joe Balch, owns the oil company that keeps one town alive.
Balch gets Ann a job with the Oklahoma contractor drilling his wildcat well. It''s hard work, but Ann loves both it and her crusty old boss, Emmet. Then a guy on her crew is killed by a falling hammer. Sheriffs rule it an accident but Ann''s LAPD squeeze, Detective Doug Lockwood, says it''s murder. Ann can''t resist the challenge of chasing a killer-and then the killer starts chasing her . . .
From a writer whose first novel was praised as ''highly literate, exceptionally action-packed and occasionally harrowing'' ( Chicago Tribune ), this is a wild ride full of bad behavior and laughs, oil-field characters, and small-town atmosphere, starring a heroine who never does anything halfway.