Image of Black Hills


Image of Black Hills

As in previous Roberts novels, well-fleshed-out characters add emotional punch to the action. The juxtaposition of animal and human predators eloquently points out where true viciousness lies. Twin love stories are beautifully woven throughout the gripping suspense. This is one of Roberts' best!

Cooper Sullivan and Lil Chance met as children in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and Lil's young heart was broken when Coop returned to New York to make his mark. Their final days together were also haunted by the discovery of a murdered young woman.

Now, more than a decade later, Lil has opened her Chance Wildlife Refuge as a sanctuary for big cats and other predators needing a home. Coop has also returned to help his grandparents manage their ranch. Their reunion is anything but idyllic, but when Lil and the refuge come under attack, Coop uses all his skills as a former cop to keep her safe. A vicious killer is "hunting" and killing, all while making it clear that Lil is his special target. (PUTNAM, Jul., 480 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith