Savannah undercover cop Will Bridger is shot while on duty and, within days, learns that he's the father of a 16-year-old boy. Realizing that his newfound son, Josh, would be orphaned if he were killed, Will returns home to Hazard, Wyo., and takes over the job of sheriff.

Still running from her very troubled past, Faith Prescott also ends up in Hazard, working for a local radio station. Although they had a brief relationship years earlier in Savannah, Faith and Will have been avoiding each other -- until a brutal murder forces them together. Eighteen-year-old Olympic medalist Erin Gallagher is viciously murdered, and the last person to see her was Josh. A clue left at the crime scene is part of Kipling's "Jungle Book" poem. What kind of deranged killer is running loose in the wilds of Wyoming?

In good suspense everyone has secrets, and these characters are certainly chock full of them. Ross' novel is a dark character study and a gripping thriller told by a master of her craft. The shadowy, gritty realism of this story really resonates. (Jun., 361 pp., $7.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith