A gun dealer is the first to die, his entire stock ofweapons cleaned out. But the killer isn't finished yet, as aseries of brutal, blood-chilling murders paralyzes the smallSouthwestern community the maniac has chosen to feed upon.Every stranger is suspect, every house the possible sanctuaryof a monster who skillfully eludes each move of his pursuers.With fear electric and crackling in the bone-dry Arizona air, Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows that she isthe one who must protect the town she was chosen to serve.But her desperate hunt for a murderer is leading her intoterrifying places . . . and it threatens to take a terriblepersonal toll on the people she most dearly loves.