Joanna Brady has just given birth to a new daughter—on the same night she won her third election as Cochise County sheriff. Despite her devotion to her work, Joanna is determined to see her maternity leave through this time. But in this beautiful desert landscape, a monster is roaming free—a serial killer who has transformed Joanna’s small corner of the Southwest into a field of bones.
When a teenager turns in a human skull found on the far side of the San Bernardino Valley in the Peloncillo Mountains between Arizona and New Mexico, it is the beginning of a multiple homicide case. As much as she would rather stay home with her newborn and lose herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long-unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions and an FBI profiler.
Filled with the beloved characters, small-town charm, vivid history, intriguing mystery, and the scenic Arizona desert backdrop that have made the Joanna Brady books perennial bestsellers, this latest entry featuring the popular sheriff is sure to please J. A. Jance’s legions of fans.