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Wild Inferno
Sandi Ault

Wild Indigo introduced rough and ready Bureau of Land Management agent Jamaica Wild. Now she returns—deployed to a wildfire on the Southern Ute reservation, where a puzzling plea whispered by a burning man points to a mystery more menacing than murder.

Wildfire erupts on a patchwork of land including the Southern Ute Reservation, and BLM agent Jamaica Wild is called away from her normal duties to serve on the Incident Command Team. A cantankerous old man from the Ute tribe named Grampa Ned has reportedly snuck around barricades and entered an area to one side of the fire. Jamaica risks danger to go after him, but before she can find him, the fire crowns and torches through the area, forcing her to run for her life. As she escapes, Jamaica discovers a firefighter smoldering and wavering on the side of the road. The man, part of a hotshot crew that is trapped in the burn area, sputters a cryptic message to Jamaica before losing consciousness.

While the burned man lies comatose in a burn unit, the rest of his crew is found deep inside the black—where the fire has burned through—singed and suffering from smoke inhalation, but alive thanks to their fire shelters. The charred body of Grampa Ned is discovered nearby in the seared forest—but he has not died from the fire, but rather from a blow to the head. The FBI investigates the murder, and the agent in charge asks for Jamaica's help. The Chimney Rock Fire intensifies, threatening homes, highways, and a major power line feeding much of Southern Colorado.

Meanwhile, even as the fire threatens the high mesa on which they are encamped, a determined gathering of Puebloans, descendants of the ancient civilization that built the ruins at Chimney Rock, are doing ceremony atop the high cuesta. They refuse to evacuate because the sacred Lunar Standstill—an event that takes place every 18.6 years, when the moon rises exactly between the two spires of Chimney Rock—is about to occur. One of them is Momma Anna, Jamaica's medicine teacher from Tanoah Pueblo, who has brought Jamaica's wolf Mountain with her to Chimney Rock and into the path of danger.

Jamaica must work to ensure that the Native Americans and her beloved wolf are safe while she tries to discover what happened to both Grampa Ned and the burning man. What was Grampa Ned doing on the mountain before he was murdered—and why didn't the burning man stay with his crew? What would make them risk incineration in a WILD INFERNO?

(A Wild Mystery #2)
Berkley, February 2008
ISBN #0425219224
304 pages Hardcover
$23.95

Also by Sandi Ault:
Wild Penance, February 2011
Wild Penance, February 2010
Wild Sorrow, January 2010
Wild Sorrow, March 2009
Wild Inferno, March 2009
Wild Indigo, February 2008
Wild Indigo, January 2007

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