When the mutilated remains of a young woman are found in an Appalachian Mountain cave, newly sworn-in deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan is forced to track down a killer driven by twisted motives . . .
Not long after donning the uniform of the McCreary County Sheriff's department in Bone Gap, Tennessee, ex-Marine Brynn Callahan faces her first official homicide. On a cold February morning, a lone cross-country skier stumbles across the mutilated body of a young woman. Sent to investigate, Brynn is shocked when she recognizes the victim as a fellow Traveller, Maura Keene.
Maura held a solid standing both within the Travellers’ insular community and among the settled townspeople—a fact that makes her murder all the more disturbing to Brynn, who also straddles the two worlds. After her trained K-9, Wilco, digs up human bones, and then a scrap of paper scrawled with arcane Latin phrases is uncovered, Brynn finds evidence leading her to question those closest to her—and closing the case becomes a deeply personal matter.
While trying to suppress local superstitions and prejudices, Brynn discovers that Maura was keeping a dangerous secret. And as the bones Wilco found are analyzed by forensics, Brynn harbors the troubling suspicion that she knows who they belong to. Still struggling with PTSD, Brynn must put her career on the line and her life at risk to find justice for a woman not unlike herself—haunted by her past, and caught in a vicious cycle she may never escape . . .
At the start of Furlong's enthralling sequel to 2017's Splintered Silence, Bone Gap, Tenn., Marine vet and new sheriff's deputy Brynn Callahan and her human remains detection dog, Wilco, join the search for a mutilated body spotted by a cross-country skier in a cave off the Appalachian trail. Inside the cave, Brynn recognizes the victim as 17-year-old Maura Keene, a fellow Irish Traveller or Pavee, who has a curious stab wound in her chest. In the subsequent investigation, it's up to Brynn to try to bridge the gap between the police and the Traveller community, who have a long history of mutual distrust. The stakes rise as the inquiry leads directly to a powerful family and even to her own community. The prickly Brynn is physically and emotionally scarred from her time in Iraq as part of the "bone patrol" working with Wilco to clear the dead from the battlefield. She often turns to pills and alcohol, but her desire to do the right thing is what drives her. Furlong pairs flawed, fascinating Brynn and her extraordinary dog with an emotionally resonant mystery.