From the award-winning author of Hearts of the Missing and the Nicky Matthew Mysteries series
"They say the chief decided to approach this god of death and fire with ceremony and smoke. They say four brave warriors stepped forward to carry offerings and run into the fire. No one knew if the offerings would be accepted or if the warriors would return alive.”
Ancient prophecies and murder. Betrayals close to home.
Three brothers coveted the title of sacred fetish carver for the Fire-Sky Pueblo. All are dead. Is it murder? Or the vengeful spirit of the God of Fire and Death? With only one child left to inherit, Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews fights to protect the vulnerable young boy with a gift that could cement his place as a leader of the Fire-Sky People—unless a killer gets to him first.
Someone in the Fire-Sky police department is warning Albuquerque’s most vicious drug gang of undercover operations on the Pueblo. Begging Nicky to help him find the snitch, her former lover—and New Mexico State Police Chief—barrels back into her life. But when the trail leads to her best friend, Nicky is torn between her loyalties and her job.
The two investigations collide as fires erupt on and off the Pueblo. With the tension, heat, and body count rising, Nicky’s actions take a reckless and dangerous turn, driven by elements outside of her control. She soon realizes the God of Fire and Death only appears to those about to die.
And lately, she’s seen him a lot.