It’s hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up …
After an abrupt end to her tour of duty, former Marine MP Brynn Callahan and her canine partner, Wilco, arrive stateside—both bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection and misgivings, Brynn heads back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d escaped when she enlisted.
The Irish Travellers keep to themselves in the mountains, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the “settled” townspeople of McCreary. But when Wilco’s training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to a body in the woods, long-simmering tensions threaten to boil over. Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is … and put her back in the line of fire.
“A terrific read.”
“Heart-felt and pulse-pounding.”
“Furlong will keep you on the edge of your seat.”
“Brynn and her war-injured dog are characters readers will root for.”
“Susan Furlong’s steel-tough, authentic storytelling delivers.”
—Larry D. Sweazy
This auspicious series debut from Furlong (Peaches and Scream and two other Georgia Peach mysteries) introduces Brynn Callahan, a Marine veteran who did three tours in the Middle East before she and her human remains detection dog, Wilco, were discharged after being injured in an IED explosion. Brynn is now recuperating in Bone Gap, Tenn., the home of her maternal grandparents, who are Irish Travellers, or Pavees, as they call themselves. While rescuing Wilco from a rocky pit in the woods, Brynn discovers the body of a woman with a bullet wound in her temple. After Brynn's grandmother identifies the victim, Sheriff Frank Pusser asks her and Wilco to help solve the crime. Brynn is trusted by neither the Pavees (because she's cooperating with the police) nor Bone Gap's settled residents (because she's associated with the Pavees). The discovery of a second murder victim raises the stakes. Readers will want to see more of the intrepid Brynn, who must face her personal demons as she tries to find her place in a hostile community.
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Unexpected and engrossing.