Recently divorced, tough-tender Milt Kovack, Deputy Sheriff of Prophesy County, Oklahoma (Other People's Houses, etc.), has proposed marriage to feisty waitress Glenda Sue and been rejected. A day later Glenda is found murdered in her vandalized house trailer. Milt notifies her long-estranged daughter Melissa, who has a small, half-black daughter of her own--Rebecca--and puts them up in his mountaintop house when they arrive from California for the funeral. That's scarcely over when Milt finds his own house torn apart--and Rebecca hidden, but unharmed, by masked men who leave behind a threatening note loaded with racist invective. An odd discovery in Glenda's locker at the hotel where she worked points to a possible motive for her murder, but events escalate into kidnapping and more killings before Milt makes a daring rescue, pinpoints a source of corruption, with help from the FBI, and finds a new ladylove. Cooper imbues her story with a strong sense of menace, a touch of the occult, an ironic final twist, and a sharply tuned ear for the gritty language of the area. Solid and satisfying.