Lone Jack Trail by Owen Laukkanen (Neah Bay series #2)
English | 2020| Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 3.2 MB
A veteran Marine and an ex-convict find themselves on opposite sides of the law in this propulsive new thriller from award-nominated suspense master and “damn fine storyteller” Owen Laukkanen (Kirkus Reviews).
Could your closest friend be a killer?
When a body washes up outside Deception Cove, Washington, Jess Winslow-once a US Marine, now a trainee sheriff’s deputy-is assigned to investigate. But when she realizes it’s “Bad” Brock Boyd, a hometown celebrity lately fallen from grace, things become complicated. The last person seen with Boyd was her own boyfriend, Mason Burke.
An ex-convict and newcomer in town, Mason is one of the only people who can understand Jess’s haunting memories of her time in Afghanistan-and her love for Lucy, her devoted service dog. Finding one another in Deception Cove has been the best thing to happen to either of them in years. So Jess knows Mason could never be guilty of murder-doesn’t she?
As the facts of the case point ever more squarely at Mason, Jess must face that everything she thinks she knows about him might be wrong. A thrilling sequel to Deception Cove, and a heart-pounding adventure all its own, Lone Jack Trail pushes Jess and Mason to a shocking confrontation and will test everything they’ve come to love and trust in Deception Cove.
Jess Winslow reached for the handlebar above the passenger seat, the truck rocking off-camber on the uneven road, its engine growling as it tackled the grade, its tires scrabbling for traction in the mud. In the driver’s seat beside her, Makah County Sheriff Aaron Hart kept his foot on the gas pedal and both hands on the wheel, guiding the big Super Duty pickup into a maze of old growth along the barest hint of a road, the truck hardly slowing for corners, the headlights piercing darkness.
There wasn’t any choice but to go fast, not tonight. Not on an operation like this one. Word tended to spread rapidly in Makah County, and when the sheriff and his deputies set out on a raid, it wasn’t long before the whole situation was public knowledge in every bar and back room between Deception Cove and Neah Bay. Sooner or later, word would find its way to the men in Hart’s crosshairs.
The new sheriff wasn’t the most popular man in Makah County, not among a fair chunk of the population. Hart was a transplant, not a native—an emergency call-up from neighboring Clallam County, come to keep order after Jess Winslow and Mason Burke had killed or put to capture Kirby Harwood and every other one of Deception Cove’s sheriff’s deputies, the collapse of law and order prompting Makah’s aging sheriff, Kirk Wheeler, to retire himself to his fishing boat in Neah Bay.
Under Wheeler and his corrupt deputy Harwood, Makah had grown into something of a haven for cooks and crooks and the otherwise criminally minded, but no more. Aaron Hart wasn’t old, and he wasn’t corrupt, and in the months since he’d taken the badge, he’d made it his mission to clean up the county—and when it came to Deception Cove, he relied on Jess more and more.