Queen of the Night by J. A. Jance

By J. A. Jance

The recent York occasions bestselling writer brings again the Walker kin in a multilayered mystery during which murders previous and current attach the lives of 3 households each summer season, in an occasion that's venerated during the Tohono O'odham kingdom, the Queen of the evening flower blooms within the Arizona wasteland. yet one couple's meant social gathering is shattered via gunfire, the only real witness to the bloodshed a bit woman who has misplaced the single relations she's ever identified. To her rescue come Dr. Lani Walker, who sees the trauma of her personal early life mirrored in her younger sufferer, and Dan Pardee, an Iraq conflict veteran and member of an unorthodox border patrol unit known as the Shadow Wolves. Joined through Pima County murder investigator Brian Fellows, they have to preserve the kid secure whereas monitoring down a ruthless killer. In a moment case, retired murder detective Brandon Walker is investigating the lengthy unsolved homicide of an Arizona nation collage coed. Now, after approximately part a century of silence, the single one who can make clear that negative incident is keen to speak. in the meantime, Walker's spouse, Diana Ladd, is reliving stories of a guy whose dying maintains to hang-out her. As those crimes threaten to rip aside 3 separate households, the tales and traditions of the Tohono O'odham humans stay simply underneath the outside of the wasteland, supplying illumination to occasions of either self-sacrifice and unspeakable evil.

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The loss of the two bolts he had already shot was a grievous one when his armament was so limited. Rhin, in spite of his pack, forged ahead, ranging back and forth as he was wont to do on the plains when hunting. Sander paused frequently at the beginning of their trek to look back. If two armored amphibians were indeed pursuing, they managed to make such excellent use of the unevenness of the ancient sea floor as to remain invisible. The farther the fugitives ventured into what was increasingly a salt-encrusted and sere desert, the surer Sander became that beings used to living in water could not trail them hither.

Sander told him joyfully. " They had no wish to linger too close to that dark stand. Instead, they turned north again, this time keeping to the beach where one could see for miles anyone or anything that might come. " Sander asked that night when they made camp among the dunes, a cheerful fire of driftwood cooking the crabs Rhin had pawed from sand holes. " Fanyi was repacking her bag, having searched carefully through it as if she feared that some of its contents had suffered from rough handling.

In the first place, Sander was sure that he had caught a glint of metal. Secondly, the shape he now studied was totally unlike anything they had sighted before. It was long and narrow, in comparison with the other skeletons of lost vessels, and it lay a little canted to one side, its broken superstructure pointed toward the rock on which Sander balanced. Also it did not seem so aged. One end was crumpled up against a rise of reef, but otherwise, Sander believed, it appeared near intact. He thought that it might have been left so by the falling of the sea that had uncovered this new land.

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