Read the Prologue
|Five Star, 2015: $25.95 hardcover, $3.99 ebook at Amazon.com.
the skeleton of a little girl tumbles out of a rusty hopper car in
Omaha, Porcupine County Sheriff Steve Martinez has a troublesome case
on his hands. The car had squatted for years on a railroad siding deep
in the woods of the sheriff’s Upper Michigan bailiwick.
The case gets even more vexing when three more bodies turn up in hopper
cars at the siding. Two are young girls, but one is a grown man shot in the
back of the head.
After Steve and his comrades sweat the initial spadework, the
heavy-footed FBI moves in, as it always does in cases of child
abduction and murder.
The Feds focus on a single Unsub they think is both rapist and killer.
But when more adult corpses turn up in hopper cars elsewhere, Steve
deduces that the killer—or killers—hired someone else to dispose of
them. Catching him, Steve thinks, will lead to the truth.
With the help of state troopers, deputies, tribal police, game wardens,
the Ontario Provincial Police and even a couple of Detroit mobsters,
Steve doggedly goes on the track of what the cops come to call “the
Beast”—although the FBI warns him to be careful not to tread on the
This intricate police procedural, set in beautiful North Woods
wilderness, features not only a high-tech chase around Lake Superior
but also the revival of a clever World War II military deception.
In the end Steve gets his man—and an unsettling surprise.