A Kevin Kerney NovelBook - 1999
Before Kerney can get very far, he comes upon an ailing stray dog with a woman's running shoe in its mouth. The dog leads him to the butchered bones of a murder victim, and Kerney finds he's inherited a homicide along with a ranch.
Determined not to see his weekend ruined, Kerney turns the investigation over to the state police district office and continues his survey of his windfall inheritance, only to find that timber thieves have clear-cut a great swath of woodland in a remote canyon.
Unsure of whether he can pay the inheritance taxes, hold on to the land, and realize his dream to ranch again, Kerney returns to Santa Fe. There he finds that Sara Brannon -- a woman he cares deeply about -- has arrived to visit him. As Kerney and Sara begin trying to sort out a relationship t