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A Deadly Wilderness

By Kelly S. Irvin


An idyllic hike in a wilderness park turns deadly when Homicide Detective Ray Johnson tumbles into a ravine and lands on a corpse The victim’s ring finger has been severed, turning Ray’s misstep into a murder investigation. Ray’s determination to find the man’s killer leads him to the wealthiest enclaves in San Antonio. From there, it’s a surprisingly short trip to the city’s dark underbelly inhabited by drug cartel lieutenants and paid assassins and, ultimately, to death’s wide open doors.

The case becomes a political hot potato after the victim is identified as the son of one of the city’s wealthiest residents. Ray teams up with his partner Deborah Smith and their boss Sergeant Samuel Martinez in an attempt to solve the murder before political pressure forces city leaders to remove them from the case. The twins alcohol and lust combine to set up roadblocks that could end at least one cop’s career—and a marriage.

Susana Martinez-Acosta’s work at a crisis hotline center is the first step toward a new life for her and her son Marco. The death of her husband in a car accident still haunts her even as she tries to ignore her attraction to Ray Johnson. With a police officer for a brother, she knows how dangerous the job is and she’s had more than enough loss.

Then comes the frantic anonymous hotline call from a woman who’s positive her in-laws killed her missing husband.

A Deadly Wilderness is a romantic suspense novel that will take the reader along on a tumultuous journey as the consuming need for material wealth drives a deadly wedge among family members who haven’t learned when enough really is enough.

The journey ends where it began—in a deadly wilderness. Not everyone will survive the trip.

Book Takeaway:

1. You can rely on God for all things. When bad things happen to you, God is with you. 2. Despite what the world tells us, dirty jokes, flirting, and thinking about other people who are not your spouse are all forms of cheating on our husbands or wives. The "it's okay to look as long as I don't touch" or "I may be married but I'm not dead" philosophies have no basis in scripture.

Why the author wrote this book:

I love to read suspenseful stories with strong, flesh-and-blood characters. Relationships are important to me. i wanted to write the kind of book I like to read. One that keeps you turning the pages but also makes you think about the things that are truly important in life, like having faith in the face of difficult challenges.


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