KDL Recommends > Staff Picks > May 2009
Title: Burn Out
Author: Marcia Muller
Fleeing to her California ranch to evaluate her future after a traumatic case, private investigator Sharon McCone is haunted by a troubled and secretive Native American woman until she uncovers evidence of violence and murder at a deserted Nevada resort.
Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in California’s high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay—and perhaps not ever again—McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer that she expects and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.