Chicago insurance investigator Dan Mahoney is sent to the prosperous Double Horseshoe Ranch in southern New Mexico to investigate the deaths of several prized—and well-insured—cattle. The stakes are high, and Dan hasn’t counted on witnessing a murder or falling in love. But it’s the flash flood that changes everything, sweeping away a vintage Cadillac and its occupants in a torrent of raging water
This short story won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writing Contest. An Indian from Jémez Pueblo is shot and killed while hunting for rabbits to feed his family. The police think the shooting is just a hunting accident, so it's up to an Albuquerque newspaper reporter to prove what really happened.
Charlie isn't thrilled when a forceful female attorney comes into the office demanding that RJP Investigations locate her missing father in time for an upcoming family reunion. Willie McBride had told people that he was going prospecting for gold in the mountains of southern New Mexico, and now Charlie suspects foul play. She's determined to find him, dead or alive.
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