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The High Desert Kills

A string of wolf kills plaguing local ranches.

An old mining town hiding deadly secrets.

A wildlife investigator’s struggle to bring justice to the high-desert town she once called home.

The High Desert Kills

When a Fish and Wildlife agent returns to her rural hometown to investigate cattle kills by wolves on local ranchers’ lands, she discovers a town hiding secrets. Sage Springs, set in eastern Oregon, is known for its ranching and gold mining. It’s been ten years since Reese Barr’s last visit, but little seems to have changed. Government hate still runs thick, but this time it’s directed at her. High school friends she once avoided now wear badges, and the one person she didn’t want to see, her ex-fiancé Blythe, has had six cows killed on his ranch. The investigation takes a dark turn when Reese and her newbie city-boy partner discover links to a missing girl from years ago. When a local hothead goes missing, Reese must do anything to find him because he could be the key to everything: the wolves, her past, and justice for the town.

(Completed Manuscript)

About Rebecca

Rebecca Jarnes lives in a small one stop-light town in eastern Oregon with her husband, daughter, and giant floof/bernedoodle. A member of Sisters in Crime and Willamette Writers, when not plotting books, she works as a nurse anesthetist at the local hospital. Her loves include traveling and spending every moment outdoors: mountain biking, skiing, gardening, and rock hounding.

The Facts

• Certified nerd with a ham radio (general class) license
• Watches Lord of the Rings trilogy at least once a year
• Has traveled to Egypt three times and would be an archaeologist in another life
• Loves the Mitch King Pandora Station
• Avid knitter (and purler)
• Grew up in the Tennessee Appalachia
• Favorite authors include: Agatha Christie, Patrick Rothfuss (come on 3rd book), and Carlos Ruiz Zafón
• Graduated with double degrees in Mass Communications and Nursing (eventually Masters in Anesthesia)


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Elizabeth Kracht
Kimberley Cameron & Associates