Trapped in rugged country in scorching summer heat, pursued by ruthless gunmen who can t afford to fail, Jo and Nick will need all their skills and courage to survive.
The national parks where Ranger Jo Lockwood works, on the edge of the New South Wales outback, are untamed stretches of dry forest cut through with wild rivers. She s often alone, and she likes it that way until she discovers the body of a man, brutally murdered, in a vandalised campground.
Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Matheson knows organised crime and gang violence from the inside out. He s so good at undercover work that his colleagues aren t sure which side he s really on. His posting to Strathnairn is supposed to be a return to normal duties, but the murder victim in the campground is only the first of Jo s discoveries.
As Jo and Nick uncover drugs and a stash of illegal weapons, the evidence points towards locals young men already on the wrong side of the law. But as far as Nick s concerned, it doesn t add up. When the body count starts mounting each brutally punished before death he becomes convinced that one person is behind the killings, one person is manipulating the men to commit horrific crimes, forming them into his own private drug-dealing cartel.
Jo has seen the man s face, and now she's his next target. Nick s determined to protect her, but trapped in the rugged outback he and Jo will have to act quickly if they are going to survive.
About the Author
Bronwyn Parry grew up surrounded by books, with a fascination for places, people and their stories. Bronwyn's first novel, As Darkness Falls, won a prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for best romantic suspense manuscript in 2007. Her second novel, Dark Country, was named the Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel of 2009 by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) and in 2010 was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards the Oscars of romance writing. Dead Heat was named the Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel in 2013 by the ARRA and is a finalist in the RITA Awards. An occasional academic, Bronwyn's active interest in fiction and its readership is reflected in her PhD research and she is passionate about the richness, diversity, and value of popular fiction. Bronwyn lives in the New England tablelands and loves to travel in Australia's wild places.
DEAD HEAT by Bronwyn Parry is a gripping suspense set in the dramatic Australian landscape. - Country News, Victoria
you will find much to enjoy, much to identify with, and much to share with other like-minded readers. - Ballarat Courier
Bronwyn Parry proves once again that crime is not just the provenance of cityscapes in her genuinely chilling third romantic suspense novel. - Australian Bookseller and Publisher