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Fire and Ice by J.A. Jance
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Oct 30, 2009

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3 1/2 stars.

Special Investigator, J. P. Beaumont has been installed in the new Special Homicide Investigation Team, (S.H.I.T.) returns from vacation to view the autopsy of the 6th victim that had recently been dumped in the Western Seattle area. All victims were young Spanish women. They had been wrapped in tarplin, and burned. All the prior victims had their teeth removed but the present victim did not.

While this is happening, in Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady finds a homicide in her jurisdiction. The manager of an ATV park is found dead, run over countless times by ATVs, his body being guarded by his dog.

There is a break in the Washington murders. The last victim had been identified by her dental records. She was from Arizona and her next of kin is a homicide detective, Jaime Carbajal, in Sheriff Brady's department.

Brady and Beaumont have a history together. They worked on a case years ago and felt something for each other but never pursued it.

Now they find that Ken Legett, who found the last body and is a heavy equipment operator, believes that the man who dumped the body and maybe did more is Thomas Rivera. Beaumont finds that Rivera became indebted to Miguel Rios, who makes money from helping poor people cross the boarder from Mexico for a fee. Then, if the young women can't pay the fee, he forces them into prostitution.

A pleasant read that moved from the investigation in the state of Washington to Arizona but sometimes became a bit confusing.
Nicely told.

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