Nanika (“Nicki”) Martinelli, the missing woman, is charismatic, stunningly beautiful, seductive and capricious — the kind of mystery woman who tends to crop up in this series. Sheriff Martha Ettinger, whose job it is to search for her, is the complete opposite — gruff, no nonsense, with a low opinion of men. But Martha is not without attractions. There is a funny scene in which Martha gets drunk and flirtatious with Rainbow Sam, a crude and cantankerous fly fishing guide, to get information out of him about the missing woman.
The investigation is full of shocks and surprises, along with a dead wrangler on the mountain where Nicki went missing. Sean Stranahan, once again assisting the police, gets shot at a lot. And the Montana wilderness adds excitement, with grizzlies and mountain lions on the prowl, and wolves howling.
The reintroduction of wolves in Montana is a fascinating subject, and the author paints a vivid picture of wolf lovers, wolf haters, and the scientists who study the wolves.
I’m reading my way through this series with great pleasure. This book is not my favorite, but still very good.