(From the publisher):
LOST! one small girl, alone, hungry, and afraid...
THE PROFESSOR - In a fit of vicious anger he killed Ritchie - the old prospector. He thought his crime had gone unnoticed, until he saw the glint of sun on glass, the glass of a toy telescope through which a small girl was staring...his shot at her missed, it caused her to run, blindly and fearfully, into the wilderness of the devilgut...
GIB SCOTT - He was the forester - he knew the devilgut and surrounding country like the back of his hand, he thought he could find the little girl and bring her back to camp, but he hadn't reckoned with Big Ben, the killer puma, and McMurdy the escaped convict...
HANK THOREAU - He was the sheriff - his enemies preferred to call him a pompous ass, but they were mistaken. Thoreau was an opportunist, and Janie Cooper, the daughter of fabulously wealthy Matt Cooper, was lost in the mountains. Already he could read the headlines, "Sheriff Thoreau rescues lost Cooper child".
BUT IN SPITE OF THE INTENSIVE SEARCH - IT WAS THE KILLER WHO FOUND HER FIRST...
Original title: A Shadow in the Wild
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense