The hunt for a killer leads to a battle between justice and desire
For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there's the law…and then there's his law. When the two don't agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming café in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana.
But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything—including his badge and his life—on the line to protect her.
Daniels returns to Beartooth, Mont. (the setting of Atonement) with a fast-paced thriller set in the remnants of a once-thriving mining town. Rourke Kincaid, a Seattle detective turned federal marshal, is on the trail of a serial killer. His investigation leads to Callie Westfield, who works at the Branding Iron Caf and inexplicably appeared in photos of crime scenes in three separate neighborhoods. Kincaid asks his old partner, Laura Fuller, for help profiling his suspect, but later ignores her advice and his own instincts and befriends the attractive young waitress. As Kincaid pursues his criminal investigation while romancing Callie, he fears he has fallen for a murderer but does little to preserve the integrity of the investigation or protect himself. While it's fairly easy for the reader to stay a step ahead of the convoluted plot, Daniels manages to bring some tension to the interwoven secrets of the past and present, leading to a chilling climax.
Keeps you guessing
A+ for suspense...four stars because it was a little slow getting started.