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Dark Signal

Dark Signal

A Kate Fox Novel

A Kate Fox Mystery (Volume 2)

Shannon Baker

Forge Books


Dark Signal by Shannon Baker is the second installment in the Kate Fox mystery series, called "A must read" by New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava, starring a female Longmire in the atmospheric Nebraska Sandhills.

Reeling from her recent divorce, Kate Fox has just been sworn in as Grand County, Nebraska Sheriff when tragedy strikes. A railroad accident has left engineer Chad Mills dead, his conductor Bobby Jenkins in shock. Kate soon realizes that the accident was likely murder.

Who would want to kill Chad Mills? Kate finds that he made a few enemies as president of the railroad workers union. Meanwhile his widow is behaving oddly. And why was his neighbor Josh Stevens at the Mills house on the night of the accident?

While her loud and meddling family conspires to help Kate past her divorce, State Patrol Officer Trey closes in on Josh Stevens as the suspect. Kate doesn’t believe it. She may not have the experience, but she’s lived in the Sandhills her whole life, and knows the land and the people. Something doesn’t add up—and Kate must find the real killer before he can strike again.

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Praise for Dark Signal

"Welcome to a world of danger, action, and complicated relationships. Shannon Baker has created a finely crafted mystery that moves to its powerful climax like the rush of an oncoming train. This book kept me reading too far into the night."--Anne Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author on Dark Signal

“Eccentric, disarmingly human characters lift Baker’s engrossing second mystery…Direct, practical Kate is the kind of protagonist many readers have been waiting for: she handles the frequent, casual sexism with grace and then gets down to the job at hand.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Stripped Bare

“A compulsive, white-knuckle read peppered with interesting characters, a stunning setting, and a mystery that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.”—Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author

“What a joy to discover Kate Fox, but she’s only one of the stars in what promises to be an outstanding series. ”—William Kent Kreuger, New York Times bestselling author

"A must read.”—Alex Kava, New York Times bestselling author of Silent Creed


Reviews from Goodreads

Shannon Baker

SHANNON BAKER lived for twenty years in the Nebraska Sandhills, where cattle outnumber people by more than 50 to 1. Baker was named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 Writer of the Year. She now makes her home in sunny Tucson.


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