FROM THE BOOK JACKET: Evie Kavoonah, a young mother-to-be, and her fiancé, Dr. Todd Brenner, are on a flight over the Brooks Range when their bush plane runs out of gas and hits a ridge, instantly killing them both. Chukchi police chief Nathan Active doubts hell find anything amiss when his close friend, Cowboy Decker, asks him to look into the possibility of foul play. Evie was like a daughter to Cowboy, who trained her to fly, and he insists theres no way his protégée made a fatal mistake that day. Nathan reluctantly plays along and discovers that Cowboys instincts are correct—the malfunction that led to the crash was carefully planned, and several people in the village have motives for targeting the pair.
Meanwhile, Nathans wife, Gracie, is pregnant, but so scarred by memories of domestic abuse that she isnt sure she should have the baby. Nathan must support her and their adopted daughter, Nita, while managing an increasingly complex and dangerous murder case.
is a native of Alaska and a former bush pilot. He has worked as an award-winning journalist and environmentalist. He is the coauthor of the nonfiction book The Spill
, as well as the author of five other mysteries in the acclaimed Nathan Active series, including White Sky, Black Ice
; Shaman Pass
; Frozen Sun
; Village of the Ghost Bears
; and Tundra Kill.
He and Patricia Watts are collaborating on the next Nathan Active mystery.
began writing fiction after a 20-year career as a journalist in Texas, Hawaii, and Alaska, and a decade as a human rights investigator in Anchorage. She is also the author of Watchdogs
and The Frayer
, noir suspense novels set in Fairbanks, Alaska. She now lives in San Diego, where she is working on her next novel.