By Sue Henry

Up north, the summers are short -- and wintry weather, like loss of life, is chilly and lengthy . . .

improving from knee surgical procedure that might reason her to overlook the approaching dogsled racing season, champion ''musher'' Jessie Arnold feels empty and bored -- so she grabs a chance to fill her days manning the Iditarod sales space on the Alaska nation reasonable. yet homicide turns into an appeal right here besides -- an extremely brutal one -- whilst the corpse of a small-time hoodlum slain via a double-blade awl blow to the cranium turns up at the fairgrounds. Jessie won't become involved, having already noticeable an excessive amount of violent dying in her lifetime. yet unusual connections are linking the killing with a kid's kidnapping . . . and with the unexpected disappearance of her personal liked lead sled puppy. quickly buddies outdated and new can be pulled in besides whilst the unthinkable happens: Jessie herself vanishes and not using a hint.

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Though Beth’s hair had been dark and curly, her eyes had been much the same blue. Squaring his shoulders, he stepped out smartly in the direction of fish and chips, relishing his freedom of choice before a sip of the anticipated Guinness so much as passed his lips. ” Becker asked. ” She thought back and went on, “By the time I left it was almost dark. I was tired and ready to go home, but when I passed The Sluice Box, I was sucked right in by Hobo Jim’s music. ” She hesitated and frowned. ” Jessie headed for the vendors’ parkI tingwaslotlatein when the middle of the fairground behind The Sluice Box.

Halfway along it, he snatched a bottle of water from a shelf and dropped it in the basket without stopping. It took only a minute or two to locate the soda crackers two aisles away, and on impulse he took a box of gingersnaps as well. Was there anything else on his mental list? Doubling back, he added a couple of small cans of Vienna sausages. Even with her walker, Shirley Anders had beaten him to the pharmacy, along with two other pigeonhole residents. They stood chatting as they waited for their prescriptions, completely blocking the counter.

She did not notice two men just entering the plaza from 38 / S UE HEN R Y another walkway, who had watched her encounter with the boy before turning their attention elsewhere. But they did catch the notice of someone else as they stood speaking together in low voices and glancing around to be sure no one came close enough to overhear their conversation. ” watched Jessie walk away. When she disapM onroe peared, he turned his attention to the passing crowd and noticed two men who had also watched her as they strolled casually from one of the walkways that converged in the plaza.

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