The murder is an especially brutal one: a small-time hoodlum dispatched by a double-blade axe blow to the skull. Though she has already seen too much death in her lifetime, Jessie becomes a participant in the proceedings when her beloved lead sled dog, Tank, vanishes. Angry and sick with worry, she sets out to find him and unwittingly discovers connections that link Tank's disappearance to the murder and a recent theft in bizarre and disturbing ways.
Friends new and old are soon involved as well. Musher Lynn Ehlers, the parents of a local boy, and state troopers are plunged into a desperate and harrowing search that leads them across lush forested valleys, up silent, forbidding mountains, and into Alaska's darkest heart. Because, suddenly, a sled dog is not the only missing player in this drama. Under alarming circumstances, Jessie Arnold has also vanished.
©2003 Sue Henry; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Interesting developments in Jessie's personal life will please fans of this long-running series." (Publishers Weekly)
I liked the prospective in this installment of the Jessie story. First it was a relief to know that all parties involved were okay and doing well at the beginning of the mystery. I think if I had to wait until the end to know that Jessie and Tank were okay I would have just been too on edge. I also like the surprise :) The rescue was the best and I will listen to this one over and over!
I really enjoy Sur Henry's books on Alaska, but the readers need to know how to pronounce Alaska names and places correctly. Don't ask the producer or editor, ask a Sourdough. If you don't know what that is, you are a Chechaco (that is probably spelled wrongly, so don't use my spelling). I have been outside for almost 40 years, but was once a sourdough myself.
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