Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sandi Ault's Wild Sorrow

by Sandi Ault
Berkley Prime Crime Hardcover
ISBN 13: 978-0-425-22583-7

WILD SORROW continues the adventures of the series' rough and ready heroine, a BLM resource protection agent named Jamaica Wild. The story opens with a dramatic scene as Jamaica, on horseback, and her wolf, Mountain, track a wounded mountain lion in a blinding snowstorm. Forced to take shelter from the storm, she and Mountain, the abandoned wolf she is raising (who is as much a central character in the WILD novels as Jamaica), stumble on the desecrated body of a former school matron at an abandoned Indian school. The woman was remembered for beating and humiliating the Indian children, and the FBI quickly assumes they have a revenge killing on their hands. Jamaica isn't so sure, and chilling stories from her Tanoah Pueblo friends about their boarding school experiences pique her curiosity. As Jamaica works to find and save the wounded mountain lion and her cubs, the killer thinks she knows all. Stalked, threatened, and attacked, Wild and her wolf narrowly escape repeated attempts on their lives as Jamaica races to solve the mystery.

Sandi Ault is the author of the WILD Mystery Series, and the heir apparent to Tony Hillerman. No one but Ms. Ault writes about the Southwest with such rich, filmic description, or brings to life its wild beauty and native cultures with such depth and clarity.
Ault's debut, WILD INDIGO, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award in 2008, the first debut novel nominated for that award. WILD INDIGO garnered critical acclaim in the national media, including the New York Times: "[A] striking debut...Scenes of the high, dry, glittering landscape are as clean as sun-bleached bone, and there are thrills galore."
Ms. Ault's sophomore outing, WILD INFERNO, was named one of the Best Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and was the only mystery to make both lists. Both novels won starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, who said of Ault's work: "Reviewers and readers will draw parallels between Ault's enlightening, well-researched debut and the mysteries of Tony Hillerman, Nevada Barr, and Aimee and David Thurlo; this is fine because she is that good."

Connie Gotsch www.conniegotsch.com Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM www.ksje.com Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available www.dlsijpress.com

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

Coming in 2009, Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at http://www.apbooks.net

1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Connie, glad to see you still advocating so storngly for four-corners authors and subjects. My new chapbook with Magdalena Ball is a fit in any ways. Maggie, of course, is Aussie (no four coners there!) but my section is heavily influenced by Utah country, Utah culture. It is She Wore Emerald Then: Relections on Motherhood, and is available on Amazon in time for Mother's Day.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Website: http://www.HowToDoItFrugally.com
Award-winning author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of Books for writers, including USA Book News' award winners
The Frugal Editor http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978515870/
The Frugal Book Promoter http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193299310X/