Pocket, Sep 2004, 6.99, 350 pp.
It has been two years since Tally Nowata returned from Australia to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming with a baby, but without her beloved Paul who died in the desert at the hands of Earl J. Foy. Tally works as an expert search and tracker ranger.
In a blinding storm, Tally and her partner Laney “Lanes” Greer goes to rescue a climber, but when they reach their objective no one is there. They continue to search the mountain, but someone hunts them. Lanes is wounded and unconscious so an injured Tally rushes to get them help. New rangers arrive, but Lanes is missing, but they do find the body of Lane's ex boyfriend who Tally detests. The Sheriff believes Tally killed this victim and Lanes. Tally knows otherwise and plans to prove so once she finds her missing partner only to find her enemy has someone else ever dearer to her to hold as hostage to her behavior.
The heroine is a courageous person who acts like a mountain lioness protecting her cubs as she goes single-handedly to rescue her child. The beauty of this National Park is so visibly described that the audience will feel they are climbing the peaks. Though an action thriller, CRY LAST HEARD enables the audience to get inside the minds of several key players including the star so that readers learn motives and see what is going on through each main character. Hannah Nyala's latest thriller is keep shelf material to be reread for the pleasure of a fine tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner