Burke is a master of suspense in this Montana thriller of a killer escaped from prison bent on bringing down Alafair, a young journalist who interviewed and wrote an article on him. She along with her family are vacationing in Big Sky country at their friend and author Albert’s house who is an environmentalist against the big energy corporation and his neighbor the Youngers. The Youngers have the local police in their back pocket and secrets to protect at the expense of others. This is a Dave Robicheaux novel a repeat character of Burke who has a mystery to solve where ever he goes. Another, “ I couldn't put it down” mystery.