Introducing the High Desert Mystery Series, Featuring Emerson Thayer

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

--Rudyard Kipling

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The Strength of the Pack

Two months ago, Detective Emerson Thayer killed 12-year-old Mateo Sanchez in the line of duty. She's since been cleared of wrongdoing by her law enforcement peers--but the court of public opinion is not so forgiving.


The #brownlivesmatter backlash is still snowballing when Em discovers the bodies of an unidentified Hispanic couple, shot in the head and buried under the gruesome remains of a coyote killing contest. Then she finds a young girl--their daughter?--left for dead in the desert. Racing over the sand under a full moon, Em promises the girl she'll be safe. Two days later, Janie Doe is kidnapped from the hospital.

Em is desperate to save the girl, to atone for Mateo and prove her worth to the department. But when an IED detonates outside her apartment, she narrowly escapes with her life. The next day, Em's the target of a drive by shooting. 


The clues all point to a dirty Border Patrol station--including an agent Em has feelings for---but can Em stay alive long enough to find the girl, a ruthless killer and the truth?

© 2020 R.A.Cullen