Joanna Brady’s life has never been busier. Her older daughter is off to college, her five-year-old son is full of energy, and she’s just given birth to a 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 maternity leave through this time. But the world has other plans when a teenager discovers a human skull on the far side of the San Bernardino Valley, sparking 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 legion of fans.