Roberts turns up the heat by heading directly into the high-stakes, adrenaline-filled world of smoke jumpers. It is a rare breed of individuals who thrives doing a job that places their lives on the line, and Roberts does an excellent job developing believable characters. This tale encompasses edge-of-your-seat thrills, murder and two engaging romances. There’s no better way to spend your money and time.

For Rowan Tripp, being a Missoula smoke jumper is in her blood, as her father, Lucas “Iron Man” Tripp, is a legend. As a new fire-fighting season begins, things are a bit tough for the Zulie team as they are hurting over the loss last year of fellow jumper Jim Brayner. As Rowan works with this season’s rookies, she becomes attracted to Gulliver Curry, whose previous hotshot experience stands him in good stead. Strife visits the team in the form of Jim’s girlfriend, Dolly, who blames Rowan for his death. When Dolly is murdered and her body set on fire, everyone is on edge … for a darkness seems to be stalking the team — and Rowan in particular. (PUTNAM, Apr., 480 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith