The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering it's populated by criminals and victims seeking refuge in the harsh Yukon wilderness. The town's only detective--on a police force of three--Casey Butler has only been in Rockton for a year, but it's been her busiest year ever. Yet trouble has always been contained within their borders. Whatever else Rockton faces, it's safe from the outside world. Until now.
When a US Marshal shows up in town demanding the release of one of the residents, Casey and Sheriff Dalton are skeptical. He won't tell them who he's come for, and with no phones or internet--and no way to prove his identity--they don't know if they're dealing with legitimate law enforcement, a bounty hunter or worse. But they're going to need to figure it out fast, because they have a town full of desperate people, all certain this stranger has come for them . . . and willing to do anything to stop him.
Bestseller Armstrong fuses small-town mystery with high-concept thriller in her propulsive fourth Rockton novel (after 2018's This Fallen Prey). When U.S. marshal Mark Garcia arrives in Rockton hunting a dangerous fugitive whom he declines to name until caught, residents are understandably alarmed; the off-grid Canadian Yukon settlement is meant to be a sanctuary for those hoping to disappear. Det. Casey Duncan and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, order Garcia to leave, citing a lack of jurisdiction, but Garcia refuses. When a sniper shoots the marshal, Casey and Dalton must identify Garcia's target, solve his murder, and determine how he found the supposedly secret refuge all before the U.S. government comes looking for their missing agent. Complicating matters is the fact that Casey and Dalton broke protocol to smuggle in an outsider Casey's sister, April just prior to Garcia's arrival. Casey's present-tense narration heightens tension, while colorful characters with checkered pasts add humor, intrigue, and heart. New readers and longtime fans will enjoy Armstrong's adrenaline-fueled plot, which cleverly capitalizes upon her inventive series premise.
Enjoyed the book, a bit long winded in places, but a good easy to read book, looking forward to the next one.