By Elizabeth Lowell
Jill Breck used to be simply doing her activity as a river advisor while she kept the lifetime of the son of 2 of St. Kilda Consulting’s most popular operators. but if a string of ominous occasions -- together with a mysterious fireplace that kills her great-aunt and a furor within the Western artwork international raised by means of a dozen Breck kin work -- culminates in a hazard to her lifestyles, Jill ultimately calls in a favor.
Zach Balfour works part-time as a expert for St. Kilda. even though he’s obtained the abilities to be a powerful bodyguard, being a bullet catcher is not his most well liked method to spend time. yet Jill is in deeper waters than she’s ever identified, and she’ll desire his safety; as she quickly discovers, the perils of operating wild rivers are tame in comparison with the hidden risks within the high-stakes video game of paintings amassing. jointly, Zach and Jill needs to race opposed to time to unmask a ruthless killer hidden within the blue smoke of cash, threats, lies, and demise. . . .
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For a long moment the room was silent except for the ticking of a grandfather clock in the corner. It had been keeping time in a lawman’s office since before the Arizona Territory became an official state of the United States of America. And that lawman had probably been a Purcell. Jill grimaced. Too bad a lot of people in the rural West haven’t caught on to statehood and the reality of the twenty-first century. “There’s no motive, no reason for anybody to do anything to your great-aunt,” Purcell said, looking at his watch.
Jill blinked at the change of subject. ” He unfastened the waterproof belly pack around his waist, searched for a few seconds, and pulled out a laminated business card. ” Automatically she took the card, glanced at it. A telephone number and a few words: st. kilda consulting, joe faroe. She looked at him, puzzled. “If you ever have a problem that worries you—any problem—call that number,” Faroe said. ” “Stalkers, a pissed-off boyfriend, something that frightens you, no one to talk to, no money for bills.
He was an elected rural lawman who ran for office every day of his term and dressed accordingly. “Modesty Breck was a pain in the side to the folks around here,” Purcell said. “She flaunted views that decent people in this county find offensive. ” “And there are those who thought she should have had more supervision, especially in her younger days,” Jill shot back. ” Red stained the sheriff’s cheekbones. ” “She never married,” Jill said. ” Jill held her tongue. If legend and gossip were true, Purcell’s father had been one of those eager men.