Wild Inferno
by Sandi Ault

Berkeley Prime Crime, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-21922-5.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 04/21/2008

Fiction: Mystery

Throughout Wild Inferno, the haunting message that someone, or something must be saved shows clearly. But who is the grandmother mentioned by the burning man ("Save the grandmother"), and why did he risk his life to get the message out before slipping into a coma?

In this second book of the series featuring BLM agent Jamaica Wild, a wildfire erupts on the Southern Ute Reservation. We learn the dramatic stories of wildland fire fighters who give their all to save the forest and the native people. This glimpse into the life of firefighter teams is an amazing tribute to these unsung heroes. As liaison between the Native Americans and the fire fighting command center, Jamaica finds herself once again embroiled in a tug of war and a mystery. Honoring the ancient rituals and people of the various tribes can be trying when you have flames roaring at your back and people who don't want to leave a ceremony that onlys happen about once every eighteen and a half years.

Murder seems to be afoot, and Jamaica must find the grandmother mentioned in the cryptic message before more people are hurt. As if that and her duties of fighting an inferno were not enough, add Jamaica's wolf, Mountain, who makes his way into the fray with her adoptive Ute grandmother and adds delightful distractions. The frustration of learning things "the Indun Way" doesn't make it any easier when battling nature, investigating murder, dodging political bullets, evading an armed stalker, and trying to keep herself and her loved ones sane and alive.

This book has plenty of action and thrills laced with great background details, well developed characters, and a really fun who-dun-it to solve.

Edgar Award Nominee Sandi Ault lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. A former musician, composer, journalist, and newspaper editor, she now lives among the pines and creates novels and other writing works. She and her husband, their wolf and cat travel extensively doing research for Sandi's work. She is currently a Fire Information Officer responding locally and nationally to wildfires. Visit her website.

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