a Dan Allex mystery

Copyright 2011 by Dan Kubicek

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This is a work of fiction, and all names, characters, places, and incidents either are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Part One

Chapter 1

Each breath at the 11,000 foot altitude demanded another as we hiked up the path toward the summit. The view from the top was spectacular...nothing short of a true religious experience. As the sun broke through the clouds the mountains and valleys of southern Utah displayed a breathtaking scene. Jan and I had been to Brian Head a few times before, but had never taken the trip to the top. We had another ninety yards to the stone pavilion at the end of the path, but the scenery and our wind had us take a welcome pause. It was late morning in June and the sun highlighted the colors in the panorama before us.

My wife and I had first been introduced to the Brian Head area by my brother, Pete, years ago when we visited him in Las Vegas. We always felt it was one of Utah’s best kept secrets. After my early retirement from the sheriff’s job in Lake County, Minnesota we sold our home of twenty-five years on German Lake and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. My son, Mike had taken a job offer with a dental practice that had offices in Henderson and Las Vegas. We decided to follow him, his wife, Peggy, and the grandkids to Nevada and be part of the new adventure. Because the real estate market in the Las Vegas area was still in free fall mode, Jan and I decided to rent a town house until we got a feel for the market. We started our trip to Brain Head this weekend just for a getaway, but after being in the mountains for only a day we were talking about having a place up here of our own. We knew enough about the Las Vegas summers to realize the cool mountain nights would offer the perfect escape.

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