The search for a missing scientist sends Bree Nichols and her famous search-and-rescue dog, Samson, deep into the woods around Rock Harbor, Michigan. But discovery of the man's body is no reward for a hard day's work, particularly when the cause of death is a bullet. When the death toll rises, it appears that an environmental terrorist is out to stop research involving genetically altered plants.

Bree struggles to raise her young son alone, cope with a newly discovered sister and father and choose between two men vying for her affection. Then Samson disappears. Was he kidnapped by a dog-fighting ring operating in the area? Frantic for answers, Bree must lean heavily on her faith in God in order to find her dog, a clever murderer and the strength to open her heart again to love.

Read this one with your brain in gear. Coble's subplots take root throughout the community of Rock Harbor, and the sheer volume of characters can be challenging to follow. Otherwise, the melding of romance and suspense is a delight. (Oct., 304 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson