By Beth Groundwater

Between a rock and a difficult paddle

Mandy Tanner and her fiancé Rob are top an offseason rafting-climbing journey in Utah’s distant Canyonlands. skilled courses, Mandy and Rob recognize they need to retain their cool after one among their staff, Alex Anderson, looks to became endure bait. Walled off from the surface international with 11 shell-shocked consumers and miles of Colorado River whitewater forward, Mandy’s nerves threaten to resolve while she learns that Alex’s dying was once no longer the paintings of a homicidal grizzly. even if it was once a criminal offense of ardour or the random act of a psychopath, Mandy fears that in the event that they don’t root out the river rat between them, one other camper could be operating the rapids in a physique bag.

“A notable ebook by way of an writer who sincerely is aware and loves her territory. Don’t pass over it!”―William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling writer of the Cork O’Connor series

“Once back, Groundwater, blending secret with outdoors experience, comes up with an expedition that might please so much comers.”―Kirkus Reviews

“A exciting trip . . . full of river lore, vibrant descriptions . . . and loving depictions of the various characters.”―Alfred Hitchcock secret Magazine

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Kendra had come over to introduce herself to Diana and Hal Anderson and had taken them to fulfill the others. “This is my sister Amy. ” Alex swept a hand towards the younger couple subsequent to him. “And her husband, Les Williams. ” Also blond and blue-eyed, Amy was once beautiful, yet in a softer, extra rounded and female means than her athletically healthy sister and brother. while she shook arms, Mandy spotted that, like her mom and sister, Amy’s fingernails have been professionally manicured and painted with a mild purple polish. She questioned if the 3 ladies had had a salon day jointly lately and idea, why hassle? via the top of the journey so much in their nails will be damaged and mud-caked. a minimum of, that’s how Mandy’s regularly got here out, so she by no means troubled with manicures. whereas she shook fingers with Mandy, Amy stated, “I’m the center baby. Les and that i dwell in Omaha, too. ” “What do you do there? ” Mandy requested. “I’m simply an old style housewife,” Amy acknowledged timidly and glanced at her husband. “I cook dinner and fresh and backyard. Les is the breadwinner. ” Amy’s husband in his mid-thirties, approximately ten years older than his spouse. He had the massive, cumbersome construct of a bar bouncer or former soccer participant, yet of 1 who had long past a bit gentle round the edges. He had a decent grip round his wife’s waist, and his handshake used to be nearly bruising. He eyed Mandy up and down till she shifted uncomfortably less than his scrutiny. “I’m a company defense officer. ” Les stated it with virtually a swagger, as though the name should still suggest whatever to Mandy and Rob. “Sounds important,” Rob acknowledged. reliable, Mandy proposal. Rob had stuck on that this man anticipated a few buttering up. “It is. commonly hush-hush, too. ” Les published his spouse and rubbed his fingers jointly. “I’m ravenous. i'm hoping this position makes an excellent burger. ” “That’s what they’re recognized for,” Rob responded. “And their shakes. they've got every kind of flavors and they’re particularly thick. ” “Oooo, I’d higher keep away from those,” Amy stated. “Got to maintain my determine for Les. ” Rob swept a hand towards the road in entrance of the order window. “Go forward and get no matter what you will have. inform them to place it on RM outdoors Adventures’s tab. ” The Nortons had arrived whereas Ron and Mandy were chatting with the Andersons, they usually have been within the nutrition queue besides the others. Mandy seemed round. No signal of Tom O’Day but. Cool was once taking part in it slightly too cool. once they had all gotten nutrients and brought their seats, Rob urged they move round the desk whereas they have been consuming and proportion their names and occupations. “And let us know whatever else approximately your self, like your favourite nutrients. ” This used to be a typical ploy on pre-trip get-togethers for multi-day journeys. Mandy might make a psychological word of the favourite meals. Then she may make a last-minute run to the neighborhood urban marketplace supermarket to shop for whichever goods she may well that will pack good. Gonzo set a gentle tone for the sharing through clapping a hand on his chest. “I’m Gonzo Gordon, the simplest river advisor you’ll see this part of the Mississippi, and I’m being modest the following.

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