For fans of Dana Stabenow and The Frozen Ground, Richard Chiappone’s debut novel is a chilling chase through rural Alaska, in which a woman running from her past must outwit the deadly assassins on her tail.
Thirty-something Carla Merino finds herself living in her camper shell in Homer, Alaska, waitressing to stay afloat and hiding from ruthless billionaire military contractor Gordon McKint, who has a secretive personal army and eyes on the presidency. McKint is determined to recover a memento Carla acquired on a one-night-stand that went terribly wrong—an item that could bring his whole world down. When McKint’s men track her to Homer she leaves for another hideout by boat, unprepared and unaware of the dangerous Alaskan weather headed her way.
Cosmo D’Angelo (a former CIA gunslinger) is a man grieving his daughter, living with the sins of his past, and in search of a certain woman (and a good meal) in small-town Alaska. In the era of political secrets and deep fake technology, he was foolish to let Carla take a memento of their tryst. Now, he needs to get it back before McKint’s men find her.
Scott Crockett is a stand-up guy, nursing a broken heart, out fishing alone. But when he finds an overturned boat and a nearly-drowned woman in the rough water, his life will get infinitely more complicated—and dangerous. Together he and Carla must outwit the professional killers sent to recover the deadly memento that threatens both McKint’s political career and her life.
Carla is on the run! She has had a one night stand and she stole a picture. She really didn’t know this act would change her life but it did. The photo could take down a dangerous presidential candidate. Now, this one act has her life in extreme danger!
As most of you know…give me a book set in Alaska and I am hooked. This book nails the scenery and the weird people. This story is also very intense in places. The characters are flawed and that just makes this story more appealing.
I enjoyed Carla’s unique situation. Plus she flounders…you will have to read this to find out!
The narrator did a good job keeping all the voices unique and the intensity on point!
Need just a good, intense read with a fabulous setting! This is it!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.