By Iris Johansen
A Bantam Book, 311 pp, 2000
Sarah Patrick is a tough-but-tender
Search and Rescue babe who teams with her golden retriever Monty in
flying around the globe and finding live and dead people victimized by
disaster (earthquake, mudslide, avalanche, etc).
She gets assigned to help John Logan
find an employee taken hostage by an evil and sadistic killer in the
jungles of Colombia. She hates Logan but later ends up in bed with him,
of course. And, of course, they find the employee, but now Sarah and
faithful Monty are the targets of the devious murderer.
This isn't a bad book. It's
well-written and well-paced, but a tad too complicated for its own good.
I wonder if Johansen has even visited Arizona, since she places Sarah's
cabin in the forest near Phoenix (desert all around) and also puts
Apache Lake in the mountains (it's a desert lake). The characters are clichéd
and just ho-hum.
This is generally a romantic mystery
with some action, not much mystery, and a dog that falls in love with a