River Run by Toni Dwiggins (The Forensic Geology Series) Paperback – May 11, 2019
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 526 Kb
River Run : Forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws investigate one way: trouble on the canyon’s Colorado River. Stranded raft. Life vests unused. Rafters missing. The only clue to the fate of the rafters is a bag of pebbles caught by the bow line. Following that clue, the geologists uncover a hellish scheme. Not only are the rafters in peril, but the river itself is under attack.The race to stop it takes Cassie and Walter deep into the canyon, and onto the mighty river, putting their own survival at stake.
“Pete Molina was head of Search and Rescue, which gave him a lot of years responding to trauma in the Canyon. He had a round boyish face that belied those years—tanned, lightly weathered, thanks no doubt to that long-billed ball cap. He had already impressed me with his vast knowledge of this river, this canyon, this world. Born in the nearby town of Tusayan, a Grand Canyon native. This place was bred in the bone, as he’d put it.
“Plus,” Pete continued, “there’s the strangeness with the bow line.”
I nodded. The yellow line lay in a tangle at the bow. Plus, there was the zipper baggie pinned under the bow line. The rock chips inside the bag were the reason my partner and I were here.
My partner Walter Shaws and I are forensic geologists: Shaws and Oldfield, Sierra Geoforensics, home base in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. What we do for a living is analyze earth evidence at scenes of crimes and crises. Thirty-plus years on the job for Walter, well weathered. Ten-plus years for me, scrupulous about using sunscreen but nevertheless carrying my own marks from the field.
Walter turned from studying the raft, to the ranger. “Pete, what’s your take?”
The ranger considered. “To begin, the ignition key’s in the off position, which means they never started the motor. So let’s begin ashore.”
Walter frowned. “Here?”