A stunning and suspenseful mystery featuring Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle homicide detective JP Beaumont.
So far as Sheriff Joanna Brady was aware, the woman lying in the Cochise County morgue was an artist whose promising career had been violently extinguished. But when the "next of kin" turns out to be the Attorney-General's Office, Brady discovers that the witness protection program had placed the victim in her jurisdiction under a false identity.
Lacking faith in the abilities of a small-town sheriff, the Attorney-General sends in his own special investigator, JP Beaumont.
The partnership is an uneasy one, but when their hunt for the killer disturbs a very deadly nest of rattlers, Brady and Beaumont learn that they have no one to trust but each other.