Intrepid P.I. Sharon McCone returns—as you’ve never seen her before—in a spellbinding new novel set in California’s high-desert country.

Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone fl ees to her ranch in California’s high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay—and perhaps not ever again—McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and fi nally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer than she expects—and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.

“Muller writes flawless mysteries with a harsh edge.”
—Library Journal (starred review)

“Reading Muller is like watching a superb ballplayer at work.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer