A smoke jumper who puts her life on the line every fire season has more to fear this year than fire.
A member of the Missoula smoke jumpers since she was 18, Rowan Tripp is tough and gorgeous, proud to be a member of a close-knit team that fights fires all over the West. But last year her partner was killed in a bad jump, and now his girlfriend Dolly is blaming his death on Ro. When Dolly sprays Ro’s room with pig’s blood, she’s fired from her cooking job on the base, stepping up their enmity. Although Ro takes comfort from her new relationship with rookie Gulliver Curry, an erudite Californian with a penchant for firefighting, she’s shocked to find Dolly’s charred body at a fire scene. Dolly’s latest lover is the next body found. Just to make matters more personal, someone (Dolly’s father?) takes a shot at Ro and Gull. The fiercely independent Ro is surprised at the trouble she’s having in adjusting to a relationship that is about more than sex and dealing with the fact that her legendary father has suddenly fallen for a smart, sexy grandmother. When they realize that someone’s putting the team in jeopardy by sabotaging equipment, Ro and Gull resolve to catch the killer.
Popular, prolific Roberts (The Search, 2010, etc.) delivers hair-raising smoke-jumping sequences along with the obligatory thrills, sex and a mystery even the greenest armchair sleuths will be able to solve.