"An exciting crime thriller"
Elderly Tohono O'odham Indian, Emma Orozco, visits former
sheriff Brandon Walker to ask if he will investigate the
vicious murder of her daughter, Roseanne. Having a
connection to the Indian tribe through his beloved adopted
daughter and unable to refuse a client unable to pay his
expenses, Brandon agrees to make inquiries into a cold
case homicide that occurred over three decades ago.
Solving a killing that happened during the Nixon
Administration is doubtful.
Brandon turns to the privately funded The Last Chance, a
group that investigates unsolved crimes for assistance
including money. As he makes inquiries into the Roseanne
murder, he notices a pattern of eerily similar deaths. He
postulates that a serial killer or multiple culprits have
left dismembered bodies by isolated Southwest roads with
no other clues. He begins to close in on the amoral killer
(s) who have no compunction in eliminating the sleuth, his
family, and friends.
The fast-paced third Walker mystery is an exciting crime
thriller that contains a lot more sexual violence
(especially by an unscrupulous couple) than normally seen
in a J.A. Jance tale (see J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady
novels). Walker is a fabulous protagonist who reveres
Native American customs and mysticism, but uses old
fashion investigative techniques to try to uncover the
culprit(s). The secondary cast especially his wife Diana
(major player in (see HOUR OF THE HUNTER and KISS OF THE
BEES), a close dying friend Fat Crack Ortiz, his adopted
daughter Lani and several other Indians enable the
audience to see deeper into this fine upstanding
champion. This is a terrific not so cold case that fans
of the author will cherish.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 12, 2004