Author: Sandi Ault
Published: February 8, 2008 by Berkley Prime Crime Publishing
Series Name: WILD Mystery Series
Category: Southwest Mystery
Main Character: Jamaica Wild-a BLM agent, Mountain-the wolf, Momma Anna-her teacher, Kerry-her boyfriend
Sandi Ault impressed critics and readers alike with her stellar first novel, Wild Indigo, a richly imagined mystery set in Northern New Mexico. The New York Times Book Review raved, calling Wild Indigo a “striking debut” with “thrills galore.” Now, Ault offers her highly anticipated follow-up, WILD INFERNO (Berkley Prime Crime Hardcover; February 2008; $23.95), which again features rough and ready Bureau of Land Management agent Jamaica Wild and her memorable pet wolf, Mountain. In Ault’s latest page-turner, Jamaica is deployed to a wildfire on the Southern Ute reservation, where a puzzling plea whispered by a burning man points to a mystery more menacing than murder. As Jamaica puzzles over the cryptic message, the charred body of a cantankerous old man from the Ute tribe named Grampa Ned is discovered nearby in the seared forest—he has not died from the fire, but rather from a blow to the head. The FBI is called in to investigate the murder, and the agent in charge asks for Jamaica’s help. Meanwhile, even as the fire threatens the high mesa on which they are encamped, a determined gathering of Puebloans are holding a ceremony atop the high cuesta. They refuse to evacuate and instead wait in anticipation for a sacred lunar phenomenon. To ensure that the Native Americans and her wolf are safe, Jamaica must decode the burning man’s whispered words and answer the questions that haunt her: What was Grampa Ned doing on the mountain? And why didn’t the burning man stay with his crew? What would make them risk incineration in a wild inferno? Engaging and distinctive, WILD INFERNO is another “walk on the Wild side” (Rocky Mountain News) from Sandi Ault, one of Berkley Prime Crime’s rising stars.