Closing her assignment with the FBI's Seattle office, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, expecting a warm welcome. Instead she finds herself investigating an ugly cross burning at a celebrity's mansion and standing in the crosshairs of her boss at the Bureau. And the deeper Raleigh digs into the case, the murkier the water becomes . . . until she's left wondering who the real victims might be.
To make matters worse, Raleigh's personal life offers almost zero clarity. Her former confidant is suddenly remote while her former boyfriend keeps popping up wherever she goes. And then there's her mother. Raleigh's move home was supposed to improve Nadine's fragile sanity, but instead seems to be making things worse.
As the threads of the case begin crossing and double-crossing, Raleigh is forced to rely on her forensic skills, her faith, and the fervent hope that a breakthrough will come, bringing with it that singular moment when the clouds roll away and everything finally makes sense.
Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out whoÆs fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something biggerùand more sinisterùis ruining Emerald Meadows.
SheÆs never felt more alone.
Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she canÆt turn to her family for support. TheyÆre off-limits while sheÆs undercover, and her mother isnÆt speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, RaleighÆs fiancΘ wants them to begin their life togetherùnowùprecisely when sheÆs been ordered not to be herself.
With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out whoÆs behind the trackÆs trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiancΘ will make things betterùor worse.
Raleigh is walking through the darkest night sheÆs faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.
Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is good at her job, but not as good at bureau politics. As one of the few females on the team, she finds herself in a strange land when she's transferred from Richmond to drought-stricken Seattle. When a hiker suddenly goes missing and a ransom note arrives, Raleigh realizes there's no time for transitions. Vowing to find the missing college girl, she must rely on her forensic geology skills to uncover the truth, leaving no stone unturned.
Gritty and poetic, with an evocative sense of place, a quirky cast of characters, a fast-twisting plot, and a compelling, complicated heroine, this superbly crafted mystery will keep you reading compulsively as hope runs short, the clock runs down, and the rivers run dry.
That's what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, the Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who's hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.
But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh's vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship's security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh's forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.
Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesisùhandsome Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jackùwho might not be as arrogant as she originally thought.
And that's only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.
Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a mystery so daunting that even the mountains might bow down before it.
Fred and his boss embark on a dangerous field trip on the island ́s active volcano when a freak storm sends Fred on an unlikely journey. It is during that time that he learns the truth.
Upon his return, he is determined to prevent the government from unleashing the terrible consequences of their diabolical plan. But how? Fred´s own disdain for the government certainly tends to get in his way.
He works for the same government as the military, but how can he over-ride Washington DC? His new sweetheart says she can help. If true, she ́s not been completely honest with Fred about her past.