By Sue Henry

A number of award-winning writer Sue Henry takes us into the center of America's final frontier with a gripping story of suspense set in a rugged land that appeals to the adventurous and powerful ... and to those that are attracted to darkness. Famed Alaskan "musher" Jessie Arnold thinks she's eventually placed her darkish prior at the back of her. however the excavations on her new cabin unearth a decades-old skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall -- besides a butterfly pendant necklace worn through the alleged sufferer of a brutal serial slayer who preyed on region girls 20 years prior. Pulled once again right into a homicide research opposed to her will, Jessie fears a grim, half-forgotten nightmare has been reborn. For, during this stark and lonely position, within the first days of the all-too-brief Alaskan summer season, one other girl has disappeared and not using a hint. The symptoms recommend the unthinkable: an insatiable human monster has lower back. And the clues she's uncovering trace that Jessie Arnold might be his subsequent sufferer.

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That’s weird,” she commented, looking up at Becker, who nodded agreement. ” “You said two things. ” Becker gave her an oddly intense professional look and thought a moment before answering. “You’ve absolutely got to keep this to yourself. There were two threads in a loop around the wrist bones. From the adhesive he found on them, John knows they came from a piece of duct tape and thinks the wrists had been taped together and the tape removed before the guy was buried. ” “But that could mean that somebody .

6 Q WITH THE FOOTINGS POURED AND CURING, THE CABINbuilding crew went to work the next morning to raise the forms necessary for pouring basement walls. B. began the day with bits and pieces of old Mario Lanza hits. “Give—me—some men—who are—stout— hearted—men,” he sang, cheerfully off-key but enthusiastic and in time with the strokes of his hammer. “Stouthearted but weak-brained, maybe,” Stevie commented to Jessie, who replenished her supply of nails and grinned at the green bandanna that contrasted brightly with her carroty hair.

She looked forward to the first few training runs in the fall as the best of hundreds she made in a twelve-month cycle. But sled dogs require dedication year round and must be run with or without snow. How quickly they forgot and grew lazy, lying around a kennel. Their inat- COLD COMPANY 45 tention to her commands was witness to that, a red flag that it was time to get back to regular coaching. The summer would be full of building, but if she was to have teams ready when the winter racing season began, she could not let it interfere completely with this normal activity.

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