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In this gripping debut novel, Clinton McKinzie introduces us to Special Agent Antonio Burns, whose routine investigation into the accidental climbing death of a young woman turns into a murder chase that takes him to the heights of Wyoming's wild beauty and the depths of its criminal underworld. Burns is an original and complex hero: an experienced climber, a cop implicated in the shooting deaths of three gang-bangers, brother to a recovering drug-addict and convicted murderer. The case points toward some prominent community members, a fact the local law would rather cover up. But Burns can't let it drop. His toughness and integrity take him from the courtroom to a jaw-dropping chase scene, on an armed ascent up the highest alpine wall in the continental United States.
©2002 Clinton McKinzie; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This gets good marks for ringing a change or two on the chase thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"McKinzie has talent: a sense of character and dialogue, the imagination to construct a unique and complex plot....Worth reading." (Booklist)

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  • Peter
  • Middletown, CT, United States
  • 03-15-07

not just for climbers

I really enjoyed this book. A good detective thriller with plenty of action. Excellent character development; I actually cared about the lead character...plenty of "shawshank" moments. The climbing descriptions were well done and allow non-climbers to follow along.
Would like to see this authors other books in this series also offered by audible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

This book was very fun to listen to on my daily walks. I would keep walking because I kept wanting to know what happened next. I love the climbing scenes and the feel of life in Wyoming. I hope Audible gets this author's other books because I'd get them all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Breaks new frontiers in the genre

If you are a fan of good suspense this is a book you will enjoy. It has excellent dialog, creepy bad guys heroics where they belong and a great ensemble. I used to climb a lot and this book dips into that culture but does not go so far as to be a climbing thriller, climbing is just a prop and a well done one. Corrupt government officials, a cover up, and a dramatic finish that keeps you hanging on to every word are what carry the novel. Highly recommended, exciting book.

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