Sundown on Top of the World
The Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries, no. 4
A 2016 Whistler Independent Book Award finalist.
Former homicide investigator Hunter Rayne follows the white lines northward on the Alaska Highway, but a truck breakdown forces him to take an unscheduled stop in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he had been stationed as a rookie cop. While his Freightliner is awaiting repairs, Hunter and fellow driver, Dan (Sorry) Sorenson, kill time with a side trip to bush Alaska where a chance meeting with a young Alaskan woman awakens his interest in a baffling cold case. A reclusive trapper and his young girlfriend disappeared from a bloody cabin 25 years before, leaving their sled dogs chained outside.
Reawakened memories of his past coupled with a recent murder find Hunter back in investigative mode with the blessings of Whitehorse RCMP boss Bartholomew Sam, son of a shaman and Hunter's old friend. He finds himself searching the banks of the mighty Yukon River for a tough old bush woman who may hold the key to more than one bloody death. It's a vivid reminder that the breathtaking beauty of the northern wilderness camouflages its brutal indifference to human life.
This is the fourth novel in the Highway Mysteries series of character-driven traditional mysteries in a uniquely North American setting.
Slow start but engaging
It takes a little too,long to establish the story, but keep reading. The characters are engaging, the setting is fascinating, and the story keeps one guessing once the characters, the crime, and the setting are established. Almost quit reading after 40 or so pages, but glad I persisted.
Sundown on top of the World
Although it was a good book I thought it was very stretched out.
Loved this book as it was a well-written and extremely interesting story with a bunch of unexpected twists.