Wild Sorrow
by Sandi Ault

The Berkley Publishing Group, 2009. ISBN 978-0-425-22583-7.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 02/09/2009

Fiction: Mystery

BLM Agent Jamaica Wild and her companion wolf, Mountain, are back for another Rocky mountain adventure in Sandi Ault's latest book, Wild Sorrow.

While tracking an injured mountain lion, Jamaica comes across the body of a murdered woman in an old abandoned Pueblo school where she and Mountain have taken refuge from a storm. They find out they are not the only ones to find the body, when a commotion from her panicking horse brings them face to face with an injured and starving lion. With the help of her companion, Jamaica is able to drive the lion off and protect the body through a freezing, sleepless night so that the crime scene can be preserved.

The action escalates as suspicious accidents lead Jamaica and those who care for her to believe that someone once again is out to get her. Her life is entwined in the sad story of the Indian children who suffered at the hands of the dead woman. Could investigating these old tragedies be the reason she is targeted? Shots fired out of nowhere, an avalanche triggered over her head, a beating and near rape, an explosion that nearly kills her and her friend, FBI agent Diane—the action continues as Jamaica tries to investigate the murder and rescue the lion, who has left two starving cubs in the wild.

During all the action, Jamaica has to deal with the challenge of keeping a captive wolf. Mountain is a young adult male now and starting to test his boundaries, which include running off into the woods where local ranchers have sworn to shoot him on sight. Since he is now unable to survive in the wild on his own, Jamaica has no choice but to cage or chain her precious friend when she is unable to take him with her.

With her skillful word crafting, respect for the Indian traditions and loving descriptions of the wildlife and nature around her, author Sandi Ault weaves a wonderful story full of cliff hanging action, mystic Pueblo Indian lore and just the right touch of romance.

Sandi Ault is a former journalist and newspaper section editor. In addition to writing, researching, exploring the Southwest and teaching her Wild Writing Workshops, she is a Type 2 Fire Information Officer responding locally and nationally to wildfires. Ault and her husband live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with their wolf, Tiwa and their cat, Buckskin. For more information about this and other titles, visit her web site.

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