Dell Publishing Company, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440242192, 367pp.
Publication Date: June 27, 2006
Antonio Burns is at a crossroads-he rarely sees his six-month-old daughter, and his career has spiraled downward from hotshot golden boy to nearly having his badge confiscated. And things are about to get even worse. When a ten-year-old boy dies in a drowning incident in Badwater, Wyoming, the townspeople want the tourist they feel is responsible convicted of murder. In an already explosive case, Burns has been forced into working for the prosecution-and when a media-hungry celebrity lawyer takes over the defense, justice turns into a charade.
Clinging to his sanity by climbing the crags and caverns of a local canyon, recovering from the near death of his daredevil brother and his breakup with the mother of his child, Antonio tries to turn his back on this situation. But he can't. He finds one crucial piece of evidence, makes one mistake with a woman, and then turns to his brother, Roberto, for help. Soon he's all the way in-no matter what the cost to his career, his life, or to the people who still count him as one of their own....
The spellbinding story of a cop drawn to danger, a community steeped in hatred, and an explosive mix of opportunists, idealists, and a few very bad men, Badwater is a taut, thunderous novel-and Clinton McKinzie at his electrifying best.
A breath of bracing mountain air.... As Nevada Barr does with her national park settings, McKinzie makes Burns’s love of rock climbing an important part of his hero’s life—without allowing this passion to overshadow his exciting stories."—Publishers Weekly