By Sue Henry

In a wide ranging land of ice and chilly, demise has fire.In the lingering relax of the early Alaskan spring, famed "musher" Jessie Arnold confronts the charred is still of a favourite neighborhood pub, destroyed by way of a suspicious blaze that claimed an blameless, unsuspecting lifestyles. This lull among racing seasons is intended to be a time of grueling education and conditioning for Jessie and her dogsled team-but in its place it has turn into a time of worry. as the burning has simply started, and its flames will scar and blister Jessie's international in methods she will slightly think. And within the wake of extra loss of life, her subsequent race should be one for survival -- as she struggles to figure out no matter if a determined good friend is a terrified victim...or a killer.

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She hesitated, frowning. ” “Don’t think so—we know so. The evidence is clear. ” “How do you know that? Where did it—” The beep of Becker’s pager interrupted her question, and he took it from a pocket to read the number. “The office. ” He crossed the room to the desk and was soon deep in conversation. “Comfortable place you have here,” Mike Tatum commented, suspending his interrogation and looking around. “It works for me. I built it several years ago with help from friends—lots of them regulars at Oscar’s— including Hank Peterson,” she told him pointedly.

But we could do that—right? ” “That’s okay. ” Jessie sat staring at her without speaking for a long minute, trying to get her thoughts together. “Look,” she said finally, getting up from the sofa, “I’ve got to take care of my mutts. There’s soup and stuff for sandwiches in the kitchen. Why don’t you 40 SUE HENRY make us some lunch while I do it? ” “Okay. ” Doesn’t she realize that I have a life with other plans? Jessie wondered. Where does she get off, assuming I sit around waiting to be asked for stuff like this—that I can just drop everything and take off?

Your life may depend on it,” she remembered his saying, and she agreed. More than once in a long-distance race she had been relieved that good preparation had kept her from trouble, even disaster, and had thought of Greg. But hadn’t there been something obsessive about his pursuit of perfection and insistence on action without delay? Could he actually have pounded more than a tabletop with his hamlike fist? There had been no obvious hint of the problems Anne had just described. Jessie recalled nothing more significant than a single visit when Anne had displayed a bruise on one cheekbone and a purpling eye.

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