Jamaica Wild is a BLM employee who, like many wild land fire fighters in the West, leaves her regular government job to face danger with other members of her crew when a wildfire rages out of control. One of her first assignments, when she arrives at the base camp for the Colorado Chimney Rock Fire, is to find a Native American man last seen walking into an area now part of the primary fire scene.
When the fire suddenly turns toward her, she rushes to leave the area without finding the missing Grampa Ned. After the fire passes, she finds the body of the old man in the burned over area. An autopsy confirms he was murdered.
This book is a complex weaving of plot lines: the murder of a much-disliked man, an out-of-control wild fire, the life and death of fire fighters on the line, archaeological digs on Indian lands, the belief systems of several Native American tribes, an important Native American ceremony, PC politics, the personal demons of several main characters and raising and loving a pet wolf.
I enjoyed this book. But there were just too many things going on. I learned more than I wanted to know about fighting wild fires. And the discussion of the beliefs of various tribes was, of necessity, superficial. I like murder mysteries to focus on the murder.
But if you like a broad view book with action on a number of levels you will probably enjoy Wild Inferno.
- Mass Market Paperback: 285 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reprint edition (3 March 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425226387
- ISBN-13: 978-0425226384
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.1 x 17.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
- Customer Reviews: 9 customer ratings