This book starts off with a plane crash in the Wyoming Rockies during a snowstorm. On board is Jo O'Connor and some Native Americans on their way to a meeting. Cork O'Coonor, husband of Jo is unwilling to just sit and wait for news. He decides to go to Casper, Wyoming with his 13 year old son, Steven in tow, to find his wife. Because he is a retired sheriff, he is given the full co-operation of the police and search personnel. Following a vision by an Arapaho Indian, he flies over Heaven's Keep, a desolate and forbidding area. Finding nothing he returns home.
Spring comes and with it a mystery. The wife of the pilot comes to his door. Her husband has been charged with flying while being drunk and she believes that the video of him drinking is not him at all but someone else entirely. Against all odds, Cork is hopeful knowing full well that Jo would not have survived a Wyoming winter. At the very least he wants to know what is going on.
Why would anyone want to pilot this plane and was there really a crash? Cork returns to Casper accompanied by a rich developer friend. This time they are stymied at every turn. What follows is a wonderful mystery set in the wilds of Wyoming. Cork has to battle the elements, the Arapaho, the local law and the mob.
The reader experiences the emotional grief and turmoil that Cork goes through. I also loved the description of the landscape of the Wyoming wilderness.
This book is part of a series but can be read stand-alone. I have not read any of the other books in the series but will soon.
First Line: "In the weeks after the tragedy, as he accumulates pieces of information, he continues to replay that morning in his mind."