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Impulse

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by JoAnn Ross
     
 

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Hazard, Wyoming, is a quiet mountain town where there's snow on the ground from October until June, the wind blows all the time, and nothing much ever happens. But that's all about to change. Because, just when the wind suddenly stops, a killer comes to Hazard -- a hunter as deadly and primal as evil itself.

When Sheriff Will Bridger sees the murdered teenage girl,

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Hazard, Wyoming, is a quiet mountain town where there's snow on the ground from October until June, the wind blows all the time, and nothing much ever happens. But that's all about to change. Because, just when the wind suddenly stops, a killer comes to Hazard -- a hunter as deadly and primal as evil itself.

When Sheriff Will Bridger sees the murdered teenage girl, it's the worst scene he's ever witnessed. But there's worse to come. Much, much worse. While the nights grow longer and the winter snow gets deeper, the violence intensifies. As does the blazing passion between Will and late-night radio host Faith Prescott. Harboring secrets as potentially dangerous as his own, Faith knows all too well the dark side of the human heart. She can help Will. If he'll only let her.

It won't be easy, though. The man who was once the boy raised by wolves is no ordinary serial killer. Fortunately, Will Bridger is no ordinary cop.

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"JoAnn Ross writes top-notch romantic suspense."

— Karen Robards

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416501657
Publisher:
Pocket Star
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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PROLOGUE

It was the wind that woke him. Or, more precisely, a sudden hush as startling in its silence as the crack of a rifle shot shattering a dark and moonless night. When you lived on the rooftop of America, which Hazard, Wyoming, population 2,642 was — didn't the Chamber of Commerce even proclaim its status on the welcome sign at the city limits? — you lived with eternal wind.

Night and day it roared like a freight train, wailed like a banshee, screamed like a horde of insane berserkers. It hurled itself over the winter landscape, turning snowfields into a violent sea, creating churning swells that swiftly transformed vehicles, cattle, and the occasional foolhardy human into lumps of frozen white.

The same wind that ripped away tree limbs, fence lines, and peeled trailer roofs open like sardine cans also tore apart hope, love, and dreams, hurling them into the Big Sky land of Montana, across the high plains to the Dakotas, and beyond. A geography professor at Wind River College had published a paper asserting dust from ancient buffalo bones had been found as far away as the Highland peaks of Scotland. Not a single person in northwestern Wyoming doubted the claim.

But every so often, just when even the most optimistic soul was ready to put a bullet into his skull to end his misery, the wind would stop.

Just like that.

As if God, or Fate, or whoever the hell controlled the weather in this wild, isolated part of the world had hit the pause button.

Unlike those lesser beings, who'd stumble out of their homes, confused and grumpy, snarling and snapping like feral animals being too early awakened from a deep winter's sleep, the man who'd once been the boy raised by wolves was not confused by the wind's sudden and silent cessation.

He'd been waiting for it.

Planning for it.

And now, with bloodthirst singing in his veins, he was ready.

Copyright © 2006 by The Ross Family Trust

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author JoAnn Ross has been published in twenty-seven countries. A member of Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll of bestselling authors, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs — who pretty much rule the house — in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her on the web at JoAnnRoss.com.

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