Arruda's second Jade del Cameron novel sizzles with mystery. The protagonist is a gutsy, affable heroine whose tenacity is evenly matched with her intellect.
Jade, an American former World War I ambulance driver, is photographing elephants in Africa when she discovers the evil acts of poachers who have left behind carcasses of elephants and killed a soldier who tried to stop them. Jade hopes to find the poachers when she discovers a cache of stolen weapons and money hidden in the wilderness. She joins forces with Sam Featherstone, an American pilot, to uncover the identity of the poachers and learn the secrets behind the hidden weapons. (NAL, Jan., 352 pp., $23.95)