G.P. Putnam's Sons, Jul 28 2015, $26.95
In Haywood County, North Carolina, heavy rain leads to a deadly landslide. The precipitation continues hampering efforts to rescue trapped survivors. Lieutenant Colonel Peter Logan contacts K-9 CrimeScents Hannah Washington; specifically requesting her partner rescue dog trainer Ryder Creed to search for forty-five missing and most likely dead people trapped in the avalanche. Logan sends a jet to bring Ryder and his dogs like America’s favorite canine Grace to the disaster. Ryder loathes Logan, who was his superior officer in Afghanistan, but besides the business needing the commission there might be people still alive and in need of rescue rather than recovery once the inundation stops.
At the same time Ryder flies to North Carolina, FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell comes to the scene as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency scientists are among the missing. Having recently worked together (see Breaking Creed) Creed and O’Dell team up when they realize Mother Nature did not kill a recovered corpse; a human committed the homicide.
The second Ryder Creed suspense is a non-stop exhilarating thriller that grips the audience from the moment the protagonist arrives at the deadly avalanche site (after a leisurely paced opening) and never slows down. Filled with twists and two types of mud (the other being flung by Congress) Alex Kava authors a winning drama starring two heroes, a sneaky vile villain (mindful of X Files’ Cancer Man) and show-stealing K9s.