By Beth Groundwater

A new sequence from award-winning writer Beth Groundwater

The Arkansas River, center and soul of Salida, Colorado, fuels the small town's financial system and thrums within the blood of river ranger Mandy Tanner. while a whitewater rafting twist of fate happens, she deftly executes a rescue, yet a guy dies besides. seems, it wasn't the rapids that killed him—he was once murdered. Tom King used to be a wealthy land developer with sour company competitors, who cheated on his spouse, refused to help his kayak-obsessed son, and infuriated environmentalists.

Mandy's global is upended back whilst tragedy moves towards domestic. Suspicious that the latest loss of life is hooked up to Tom King's homicide, Mandy is going on an emotionally turbulent quest for the truth—and leads to harmful waters.


"A outstanding publication via an writer who basically understands and loves her territory. Don't leave out it!" —William Kent Krueger

"Comes speeding at you from the 1st web page like roiling whitewater, and culminates in a riveting climax that lives as much as this book's identify. for those who like open air event and gripping characters, this one's a must-read."—SANDI AULT, Mary Higgins Clark and WILLA Award-winning writer of the WILD secret series

“A heart-racing debut with as many twists and turns and unforeseen upsets as a experience during the rapids itself.”—MARGARET COEL, writer of The Silent Spring

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The kayaker shouted out a “whoop” that expressed extra concerning the sheer excitement of twiddling with the water than approximately scoring within the race. Mandy smiled, remembering feeling an identical method that morning. “Could you reside someplace with no river? ” “Never,” Cynthia acknowledged vehemently. “Me, neither. ” Mandy knew she’d wither up and die like a overlooked houseplant if she couldn’t absorb the strength of the relocating water and the myriad vegetation and flora and fauna it sustained. Cynthia ripped open the potato chip bag. “Hey, I’ve bought information approximately Paula King. it appears, she and Tom King have been making an attempt a reconciliation prior to he was once killed. A neighbor of theirs noticed Tom sporting suitcases again into the home a couple of nights prior to the rafting journey. ” Mandy nodded. “That jives with what Evie Olson and her good friend Shirley Logan acknowledged on the good looks parlor. ” She summarized the dialog. “It appears like Evie had extra of a cause to kill Tom King than Paula did. ” “Unless the reconciliation didn’t paintings. ” Cynthia eyed Mandy’s nails. “You definite didn’t get my money’s worthy out of that nail cutting. ” “I’m hopeless. ” Mandy held out her hands and assessed the wear. “With all of the paintings I do with my fingers, there’s no approach i'll maintain the polish from getting chipped. hassle is, I don’t have any remover to take the remaining off. I’m sorry I wasted your cash. “ Cynthia sat up. “But you didn’t waste it. You figured out Evie used to be now not seeing Tom King and was once dissatisfied approximately it. ” “And disillusioned approximately me asking questions. perhaps relatively disillusioned. somebody threw a rock via my kitchen window final evening, with a message hooked up, telling me to maintain my nostril out of the Tom King enterprise. ” “You imagine it used to be Evie? ” “Or Jeff or Paula King. Or Lenny Preble. Or Nate Fowler. ” Mandy scooped a handful of potato chips out of Cynthia’s bag and paused earlier than slipping one into her mouth. “Or another person. ” Cynthia’s brows furrowed. “Have you instructed the police? ” “Not but. i do know i need to, yet I’ve been removing telling Detective Quintana, due to the fact he asked that I no longer seek advice from suspects. ” “This is a giant deal, Mandy. You’ve acquired to inform the police ASAP. ” Cynthia plucked a stalk of grass to place among her enamel. “Have you mounted the window no less than? a person may well get at your residence that approach. ” Mandy snorted. “That home is really easy to damage into, nobody must mess with the kitchen window. I hadn’t been apprehensive ahead of, simply because I don’t have something worthy stealing, and Salida’s no longer precisely a hotbed of crime. ” “But now someone’s once you, now not your stuff. ” “A rock via my window doesn’t suggest someone’s after me. ” Cynthia stared at her. “Okay, ok, i do know. ” Mandy cringed a bit. “But I’ve been at the river all morning. I’ll repair it this afternoon. After operating the morning go back and forth, David stated he might slap a few duct tape over the opening within the monitor sooner than he left for Colorado Springs. And he made me promise I’d get the glass changed at the present time. ” “David’s long past? Bummer. He used to be loads of enjoyable on the Vic final evening.

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