DAKOTA MARSHAL (4.5) by Jenna Ryan: Veterinarian Alessandra Norris has been living quietly as she waits for her divorce to come through. Then her almost-ex, federal marshal Gabriel McBride, smashes back into her life with a bullet in his shoulder and a hit man on his tail. Before she can patch him up, the hit man catches up with them and they flee across the South Dakota countryside, not only from the hit man but also the criminal Gabe has been pursuing and the mysterious stalker who has been sending Alessandra cryptic messages. Ryan has a top-of-the-line thrill ride, and the witty, caustic banter between her characters, their true affection for each other and the startlingly realistic array of kooky small-town supporting characters make this a must read — and a must read again. It won’t matter whodunit — it’s the Hepburn-Tracy-like repartee that will capture readers.