An American adventure for British Justice-of-the-Peace Melinda Pink (Die Like a Dog), now visiting Sweetwater Ranch deep in the California desert. The huge ranch, property of millionaire Jack Nielsen, boasts a large staff--including: business manager Simon Chadwick; his shallow, young wife Emma, apparently bored and restless; Indian houseman Myron, who is also Nielson's liaison with the local Shoshones; plus Hal Brewer and Tony Doyle, sons of Nielson's rich friends, who take care of the horses. For a while, then, all is serene, as Miss Pink explores desert and canyon on horseback. But soon word comes that hookers Donna Aragon and Bunny Kraus (whom Miss Pink met while staying at a motel in the forlorn ghost-town of Molten) have gone over a cliff in Donna's car, burning to death. Bunny reappears, however; some mobsters visit. Then it appears that Donna was indeed murdered, while the second corpse is that of Janice Fraser, the missing daughter of Molten's garageman. And though the plot is choppy, talky, and cluttered with a surfeit of red herrings, Miss Pink is again solid and sensitive throughout--making the most of the desert background, with plenty of details for Moffat's outdoors-minded following.