4 P.M., nineteen years ago
Women with transparent vinyl purses that exposed the shredded remainders of coin wrappers stood in line. They took deep breaths as the uniformed prison matron with icy hands prepared to probe their bodies. Talc-dipped rubber gloves snapped. It was humiliating in every sense of the word. The matron, a woman with ashen skin, pencil-thin lips, and with glasses on a cheap silver chain around her neck, knew those waiting to leave the institution felt her power, her supreme authority, and it made her smile. The women had lined up to leave after a long day of tears and excuses in the high school cafeteria milieu of the visiting room ––– a cavernous space of bolted-to-the-floor tables and fixed-position chairs. The matron’s husky voice intoned them to “cool their jets” and “wait your turn or I’ll have something to say about it.”
And so the women lingered, each feeling violated and angry. Having a husband, boyfriend, or brother inside the razor-wire-trimmed walls of Bonneville Maximum Security was bad enough. Being told with unfettered contempt by someone to wait your turn in the processing line was ptomaine gravy over a bad slab of beef. And they had to eat it.
Every goddamned bite.
“Are you going to be a problem for me?” the matron asked, her gray eyes as sharp as awls pitched firmly at the distressed gaze of a young woman. The younger woman let out a measured sigh. She’d spent all day trying to tell her wannabedrug-lord husband that she was thinking of moving back east to Indiana. She wanted to be free. All of them did.
“Uh? Me?” the younger woman answered. She was barely twenty and still wore her chestnut hair in a ponytail, but she held a kind of weariness on her face that indicated she’d seen it all. She faked a smile of recognition at the matron. She knew when someone had it in for her. It had been her life since she left home. Ran away. Met the wrong man. Trashed her future. She could hear her mother’s words echo at that moment. You’ve thrown away everything your father and I had hoped for you. You screwed up, Donita. You really botched it.
“Yes, you, Ponytail,” the matron said, nodding in her direction. The rest of the women felt relief wash over them. Good, the bitch found someone else to bother. She motioned for her to step forward. “I need you to spread your legs. You’ve done it before, I’m sure. Wider.”
The young woman silently seethed, but she acquiesced. She had no choice.
“You know, if I can’t get my mitts between your thighs, either you’re gonna have to go on a diet or you’re gonna have to practice your splits in the back room. I don’t like you, I don’t trust you, and I think you’re carrying some contraband on your person. I just feel it.”
The back room was a dimly lit hospital-style space where women were forced to endure indignities based on their physiology. Flat on their backs, legs apart, feet stuck in metal stirrups.
“I’ll do better,” she said, all the while wondering what it would be like if she’d been an actual prisoner there, not a lowly visitor?
The altercation caught the attention of a chubby-faced woman in the back of the line. Her strawberry-blond shag had matted unflatteringly to her forehead. Her pulse quickened, but she kept her affect blank. She didn’t want to stand out and she didn’t want a trip to the back room for any kind of exam. She carried something so precious, so vital, that its discovery would ruin everything.
Be cool, Ponytail’s taking the heat. Thank you, Jesus.
She concealed her prize in a place she hoped no one would dare probe. Inside. Personal. Private. Besides she knew the matron only groped because she got off on it. No one was looking for someone to take much of anything out of here... they mostly watched for contraband coming in to the visiting room.
The matron fixed her eyes on the strawberry blonde with the secret. Her eyes held her with unyielding grip. She waited a beat.
“You can go,” she said.
The woman with the secret acknowledged the command and started walking in the direction of the lockers in which she had stored her coat and car keys before going under the arbor of razor wire, through the gate, to the visiting room.
“Wait a minute,” the matron said.
It felt like her heart stopped beating. She was going to die. Going to be caught. Adrenaline kicked her ticker back into play. She’s going to take me in the back room. She’s going to ruin everything.
“Did you hear me?”
She slowly turned. “Are you speaking to me?”
“No, I’m talking to the man in the moon.”
She stared. Her heart bounced. Thump. Thump. Thump.
“Get over here.”
She stepped back toward the matron.
“You forgot your purse.”
Her hands were sweating now, so much so, she thought the vinyl zippered purse would slip from her fingers. She reached for it and acknowledged the gesture with a quick smile.
Like others who had been around the matron, she faked a smile.
The woman smiled, hers strangely genuine. “No problem. And you have a nice day.”
With that, the strawberry blonde hurried to the lockers. Soon she’d be home, and in time destiny would come to pass.
The Eye of the Storm
Monday, 7:16 P.M.
Twenty minutes later they were sitting in a maroon and black vinyl booth at Pietro’s, the only place in Cherrystone that made pizza that didn’t taste like it came from the frozenfood section of the Food Giant. Emily was grateful that Jenna had outgrown the “cheese-only” topping option for something a little more adventurous ––– pepperoni and black olives. Emily ordered a beer and Jenna nursed a soda.
“You know, you don’t need to order diet cola, honey.” Jenna swirled the crushed ice with a pair of reed-thin plastic straws. “You mean I’m not fat? Yeah, I know. But I’m hedging my bets. I’ve seen the future. Look at Grandma Anna.”
“Jenna! That’s not nice.” Emily tried to act indignant, but Grandma Anna was her ex-husband’s mother and it was true that she had thick thighs. “Besides, your body shape is more from my side of the family.”
Jenna drew on her straws and nodded. “Thank God.”
The pair sat and ate their pizza, but their mood shifted when the conversation turned to the storm. “We are lucky. All of us. The tornado ravaged those homes on Hawes, but no one was killed.” Emily swallowed the last of her beer, regarding the foamy residue coating the rim of the schooner. “I don’t use the word lightly, you know, but it was a bit of a miracle, really.”
“I know. Shali and I were talking about that,” Jenna said. “Now you know that Jude Law Timberlake is not real. Nice fantasy, though.”
Emily managed a faint smile. “I’ll say.”
Emily Kenyon was a homicide detective, not an emergency responder, but Ferry County was so small that when the storm hit she immediately reported to work to do what she could. She had to do something. Anything. She’d grown up in Cherrystone and it was her town. Always would be.
The house on Orchard Avenue had been her childhood home. Her parents, who died in a tragic car accident, had left the family home to Emily and her brother. Since only one could live there, Emily bought out Kevin with savings and took a small mortgage. The house, with its bay windows and high-pitched roofline, was the reason she returned to Cherrystone. Not the only reason. Her divorce from David, a surgeon with a quick wit and an even faster fuse, was the other. The divorce made him mad. Emily made him mad. The world was against him. Cherrystone was about as far away as she could go for the safety net of feeling like she belonged somewhere. Leaving a detective’s position in Seattle wasn’t easy, but the move was never in doubt. It had been the right thing.
Of course, in the middle of it all was Jenna. She loved both her parents, but felt her mother needed her more than her father. At sixteen, the courts allowed her to schedule her own visitation with her father. She saw him once a month, usually in nearby Spokane. And that, she was sure, was enough.
Emily asked for a pizza box to take home the remainder of the pie.
“We can have it for breakfast,” she said.
“Only if it lasts that long.”
Emily’s cell phone rang, its dorky ring tone of Elvis Costello’s “Watching the Detectives” chiming from her purse. The number on the LED was dispatch ––– the sheriff was calling.
“Kenyon,” she said.
Her mother’s hands full, Jenna picked up the flat carton and they walked toward the door. With her free hand, she fished some Italian ice peppermints from a bowl by the hostess lectern and offered one to her mother. Emily shook her head, her ear pressed tightly to her flip phone as they walked to the car.
“I see,” she said. Her tone was flat, like someone checking a list for which there was no need. “All right. Okay. Got it. I can take a drive out there tomorrow, first thing.” Emily looked irritated as she put away her phone.
“Do you know Nicholas Martin?” she asked.
“Sure. Who doesn’t? He’s a senior and besides, he’s kind of a freak.”
Emily turned the ignition and the Accord started. She put it into drive.
“Freak? In what way?”
“You know, one of those country kids who didn’t get the memo that the Goth look was so last millennium.”
“Black clothes? White face?”
“And eyeliner, Mom, even eyeliner. But what about him?”
Emily sighed, glad she didn’t have a son to deal with.
“Did you see him at school today?”
“I don’t know. Although, if I did see him, I’d probably remember. He’s the memorable type. What’s up, Mom?”
“Probably nothing. His aunt in Illinois has called the office a couple times. She’s panicking because she hasn’t been able to reach anyone from the family since the storm. The big cell tower past Canyon Ridge was knocked out in the twister. Sheriff wants me to drive out to their place tomorrow morning and have a look around.”
“I think Nicholas has a brother, Donovan. He’s younger. Third grade?”
“Oh, now I remember. Nice family. I’m sure they’re fine.”
“I could IM Nicholas when I get home. He hangs out in that Goth chat room Shali and I go to all the time.”
Emily attempted to suppress a weary smile. “Uh, you’re kidding, right?”
“Yeah, I’m kidding.”
“No need, honey. I’ll handle it.”
Emily parked in front of the house. The night air was filled with the scent of white lilacs her mother had planted when she was a girl. They were enormous bushes now, nearly blocking the front windows. Emily didn’t have the heart to give them a good pruning, though they desperately needed it. She only thought of the job when springtime rolled around and the tallest tips were snowcapped with blooms. The memory brought a smile to her face that fell like a heavy curtain with the ring of another call.
Sheriff Kiplinger, again.
She glanced at Jenna and flipped open her cellular. “Kenyon, off duty,” she said, putting a reminder of her status up-front.
“Emily, you’ll need to go out to the Martin place tonight. Jason will meet you there. Neighbors say they think the twister might have touched down that way.”
“Jesus,” Emily said, waving Jenna inside. “Can’t it wait until morning? I’m about half dead right now.”
“You know the answer. Once we get a call from a concerned citizen we have to act on it right away. Damned public relations. Damned lawyers.”
Sheriff Brian Kiplinger had a point. An adjacent county nearly went bankrupt in the late 1990s when a woman reported that her sister was being abused by her husband. When law enforcement arrived two days later, the woman was paralyzed from a beating that happened after the sister phoned in her concerns.
“All right,” Emily said. “I’m going.”
“Jason’s already on his way.”
Emily exhaled. She was needed. She told herself that she’d be back home in bed within a couple of hours. She grabbed one of Jenna’s Red Bulls from the fridge, thinking that the energy drink’s sugar and caffeine could fuel her for the drive out to the Martin ranch on Canyon Ridge, about fifteen miles out of town. Once there, she knew adrenaline would kick in. So would Jason Howard’s bottomless reserve of energy. Jason was only twenty-five, a sheriff ’s deputy with a four-year degree in criminology from Washington State University. He was single. Bright. Always up for anything.
Youth and enthusiasm counted during the grindingly long hours after the storm.
She glanced at it, but ultimately ignored the red Cyclops of the answering machine light. Whoever had called could wait. She blew a kiss at Jenna, who was now in front of the TV watching some trashy dating show set on a cruise ship. Emily was too tired ––– and too preoccupied ––– to say anything about it. She clutched her purse and went for the door. The car radio was playing a B. B. King song, which was like comfort food for her soul. She loved that New Orleans sound ––– B.B. was her favorite.
This, too, shall pass, came to mind as she drove.
The sky had blackened like a cast-iron pan, pinning her headlights to the roadway. A tumbleweed, a holdout from the previous season, skittered in front of the Accord. The wind that had converged on Cherrystone and obliterated everything in its wake had become gentle, but was still present. Dust and litter swirled over the roadway as she drove into the darkness of a spring night. Lights off the highway revealed the neat ranch homes amid fields of hops and peppermint ––– the two most important cash crops of the region. Emily felt the buzz of the Red Bull’s caffeine as she took a sharp left off the highway.
The mailbox announced who lived there: MARTIN. She’d been out there before, of course. She’d probably been to every place in the entire county before she got her detective’s shield ––– despite her big-city credentials. Growing up in Cherrystone had also brought even more familiarity, though much of the place had changed. She vividly remembered the Martin place as a typical turn-of-the-century two-story, with faded red shutters and gingerbread along a porch rail that ran the length of the front of the house. The roofline featured a cupola covered with verdigris copper sheathing, topped with an elegant running horse weathervane. The house sat snugly in a verdant grade etched by meandering, year-round Three Boys Creek.
Emily pointed the Accord down the gravel driveway. Dust kicked up and the sound of the coarse rock crunched under her wheels. She was surprised by the contrail of dust following her car. It billowed behind her, white against the night sky. She didn’t think she was going fast and she didn’t think that any dust could have remained in the county. She negotiated the last curve and saw Jason’s county cruiser, a Ford Taurus made somewhat more legit by its black-and-white “retro police” car livery. It was parked with its blue lights stabbing into an empty darkness.
“What in the world?”
Emily Kenyon could barely believe her eyes ––– the Martin house was gone.
Before the tornado, exact time and place unknown
Those who saw it later considered it to be a scrapbook of horror, a dark album of so much that could never be forgotten. Why memorialize such things? Affixed to each black paper page were the yellowed clippings of his unspeakable crimes. The most notorious among the nine he claimed were the ones for which he was convicted ––– Shelley Marie Smith and Lorrie Ann Warner. They were college roommates from Cascade University in Meridian, a midsize port city in the extreme northwestern corner of the state. Both girls worked at a store that specialized in hardware and garden supplies. Shelley had wanted to save the world one child at a time; elementary education was her major. Lorrie Ann had been less sure of her future than her roommate. She’d bounced from major to major, unable to decide her life’s calling. She told her parents that she was still “searching for a passion.”
The young women were found bound, shot in the back of the head, dumped along a sandbar along the Nooksack River late in the summer. An unlucky kayaker had found the dead young women some three months after they’d been reported missing. Their bodies were badly decomposed, but the telltale evidence of their horrific last hours had not been obliterated by the warm summer days or the icy mountain waters. They had been sexually violated and tortured. It was the most disturbing crime ever reported on the pages of the Meridian Herald.
Yet they were not his first victims. Certainly not his last. Even so, they held the distinction of commanding a full ten pages of Herald clippings in the black memory album. It might have been because there were two victims or because they were so young. But when their photos and clippings were pasted into the book, it told a story.
No one knew it, but it was a love story.
In turning the pages it was easy to see there was more to come.
Monday, 10:48 P.M., Cherrystone,Washington
The temperature had dropped and Emily Kenyon felt the chill of a late spring breeze nip at her. The strobe of blue from the police light made her shudder and she grabbed a jacket as she got out of the car. Jason Howard, his flashlight like a light saber, raced toward her. Broken glass and splinters of wood were everywhere. It was like the heavens had opened and snowed fragments of the Martin house all around them.
“Glad you’re here,” Jason said, his flashlight’s beam aimed at Emily’s face, making her look even more tired and almost ghoulish. She blinked back the light and made a quick nod. “I think I found Mrs. Martin,” he said. Emily caught the fear in his voice. She also saw it in his deep-set dark eyes, burrowed into his head under a characteristic knitted brow. The kid is scared shitless.
Before she could say anything calming, her eyes followed the swift movement of the young deputy’s flashlight beam.
“She’s over here,” he said.
Amid the darkness, the light fluttered over the ground like a moth. Emily’s heart sank when a white figure popped against the darkened backdrop.
“Oh, dear, there she is,” she said, her voice catching slightly.
“I’m pretty sure she’s dead.”
“I can see that, Deputy.”
Margaret “Peg” Martin was splayed out nude; her clothes appeared ripped from her body by the fury of the storm. She was facedown in the mud. Kitchenware was scattered helter skelter. Broken dishes. Fiestaware, Emily thought. Shards of glass glittered around her chalky frame. Pieces of fabric and slivers of paper fluttered as the wind passed through the gully that once held the pretty home. It was as if a bomb had gone off. It was Bosnia. It was Baghdad.
It was Cherrystone, Washington.
“Jesus,” Emily said, stooping next Mrs. Martin’s lifeless body. “We need some help out here. We need to find Mark Martin and the kids.”
Jason stood frozen, his brown eyes dilated to near black. Perspiration rolled from under his thick, wavy hair.
“I heard that one time a chicken was plucked by a twister in Arkansas,” he said, a non sequitor that came from a nervous mind.
Emily knew he was rattled, so instead of saying, “What the hell are you talking about?” she shrugged, and said, “Heard the same thing.” She retrieved a Maglite of her own and pointed its beam over the wreckage, noticing for the first time that the roof had been ripped from the house and planted some twenty yards away. The walls had fallen like dominos, one on top of the next. The light swept back over to the naked body. Emily leaned closer and touched Peg’s neck. It was a formality, of course, but it had to be done. She was, very sadly and very completely, dead.
“Calling the sheriff, now,” Jason said, now with the cruiser’s radio in hand. A cat meowed, something shifted somewhere in the dark, and Emily steadied herself. She turned toward the noise. Glass crunched under her feet.
She couldn’t think of the little Martin boy’s name, but she called out the others.
“Mark? Nicholas? Anyone? Can you hear me? Try to move something, say something.”
She stood still, but nothing. Again the cat yowled and Emily found herself wishing the poor thing would stop. Shhhh kitty, kitty, she thought.
“Ambulance is coming,” Jason announced, inching his way back toward the corpse.
Emily nodded. “The others have to be around here somewhere.”
“Mr. Martin?” Jason said, his voice thick with dread. He ran his light over the debris field. “Are you here? Can you hear me?”
Emily moved her light methodically over the remains of the house. With each pass from north to south, she covered a bit more ground. And with each swipe of the light, more of what had once been was revealed. A chair. A tabletop. A child’s toy. Her heart nearly stopped when the light passed over the blank-eyed stare of another woman. It was so fleeting that it took a second for it to register.
A magazine cover.
“I’ve heard of people surviving in India after an earthquake for up to ten days or more,” Jason said from the other side of the remains of the house.
“I’ve heard the same thing. Let’s hope that they are that lucky.”
“Yeah, luckier than Mrs. Martin,” he said.
“That goes without saying, Jason. You know, sometimes you just don’t have to say the obvious.”
As soon as she said the words, she regretted it. She was tired. So damned tired from the last couple of days. She had done more than double duty. She was on edge.
“Sorry, Ms. Kenyon,” he said. His apology was so genuine, so much like the way he was, that Emily felt like she had kicked a puppy or something.
“No apologies needed. Been a long last few days, hasn’t it?”
“Yeah. I haven’t slept more than four hours since Sunday.”
They continued to scour all that remained of the house, but it was useless. There was so much of it and their flashlights were too weak for the task.
“We need to cordon off the area and look at first light,” Emily said.
“Okay. Will do.”
Emily looked down at her watch. First light was in five hours.
“I hate to do this to you Jason, but after we transport Mrs. Martin to the morgue, I’m out of here. I have to get home to Jenna.”
Jason didn’t look happy about it, but he couldn’t say anything. Motherhood was more important than hanging around an accident scene. At least he figured his mother would say so ––– and he still lived with her.
“Fine by me,” he said. “I’ll manage.”
Emily stood still in the dark, scanning. Could there be anyone alive? She called out for the Martins once more, but her voice was mocked by the sounds of ambulance sirens ––– a faint wail in the distance at first, moving closer and closer. “Donovan,” she said to herself first, then over to Jason.
She called out louder, irritated that she had to repeat herself. “The little Martin boy’s name is Donovan. Donovan, are you out there, honey? Donny? Mark? Nicholas? Are any of you out there?”
The ambulance swung down the driveway, moving faster than it had to, of course. Ricky Culver was at the wheel, and Ricky still thought that driving an ambulance was the next best thing to NASCAR ––– his real dream. He parked next to the cruiser and two paramedics, sisters Anna and Gina Marino, jumped out of the vehicle.
“Where’s the vic?” Anna asked. She grabbed her bag and swung around looking into the rubble pile that had once been such a pretty house. Something caught her eye. The running horse weathervane had managed to stay put on the cupola, which had been tossed aside like baggage in the underbelly of an airplane.
“Better question,” her sister, Gina, the older of the pair, a petite young blonde, mused, “is where on God’s green Earth is the house?”
Her sister, who wore her curly dark hair short, almost a white woman’s ’fro, answered back.
“It’s this pile of junk, all over the place. God, Gina, use your head.”
“Twister touched down here,” Emily interrupted. She waved over the darkened terrain. “You can see the path of destruction. It must have landed here, then pulled up and touched down right at the house and plowed across the field like a sonofabitch.”
“Anna, you can be such a bitch. Nobody said a damn thing about the tornado when they dispatched us. They said the victim was a woman with serious injuries. Life threatening.”
“It’s all right,” Emily said. She liked the girls, but she was tired and their ceaseless banter grated. “I’ll take you to Mrs. Martin. And she’s not a vic. She’s not a patient. She’s a corpse.”
Anna Marino bent over the body, while her sister, Emily, and Jason hovered like fireflies, their lights brushing the im- mediate area. With the increased illumination, Emily could see that Mrs. Martin hadn’t been covered in mud after all. The dark brown coloring over much of her torso was dried blood. As Anna lifted her arm it was apparent that she’d been dead awhile; rigor had come and gone.
And there was something else.
“Gina, let’s roll her on the board and get her out of here.”
“Just a second,” Emily said, bending closer, her beam trained on a darkened circle of bloody flesh.
“What’s that?” Jason asked.
“She probably got poked by wood splinter or something during the storm,” Anna said. “I’ve heard of nails flying through the air and being embedded into a tree.”
“I was telling Emily about a chicken that got plucked by a tornado.”
“Say that five times real fast,” Gina said. The other two laughed, letting off a little tension. No one meant to be disrespectful but it was the middle of the night, cold, creepy.
Ignoring their banter, Emily was on her knees now, pitched over the dead woman and staring intently. She was so close to Mrs. Martin’s body that a nudge would have pushed her face down into the wound that had captured her interest.
“I don’t think so.” She looked up at Jason and indicated the circular tear in Mrs. Martin’s chest. “We can’t move her. The tornado didn’t kill her.”
“Huh?” Jason was confused. He had no idea what she was talking about.
“Jason, secure the scene. It looks like Mrs. Martin was shot.”
“You need me to repeat it? I’m so tired I don’t think I can, but yes, shot. Close range, too. GSR burns around the wound here.”
She pointed to the smudged edges of the injury.
“I see it,” he said.
Gina looked at her sister. “Shit, we haven’t had a murder in Cherrystone since we were kids.”
“That was a suicide,” Anna corrected, referring to the case of a local pet shop owner who had been poisoned to death. Gina made a face. She’d had this argument before. She spoke a bit louder so Jason and Emily could hear.
“I never was so sure about that. I mean, he died of arsenic and that’s a slow death. His wife said he had Parkinson’s for years. Sounded a little feeble to me.”
“Some things are never meant to be known,” Jason said. Emily stood up, glad she’d put on a pair of jeans. Her knees were muddy and hurt like hell.
“That won’t be the case here,” she said. “We will find out what happened to her and her family.”
Jason went to the radio for backup. Photos would have to be taken. The debris had to be searched, piece by piece. Mrs. Martin was dead, but there were other potential victims, too. “Tell the sheriff I’ve gone home. I’ll be back at first light,” Emily said. She looked at the illuminated face on her gold watch. It was after midnight. “See you in a few. Nobody touches anything. Where I come from this is a crime scene.” To avoid puncturing a tire, Emily thought it best to back her car out of the long driveway. She looked back at the ambulance and the cruiser as their spinning lights duked it out in the night sky. Red. Blue. Red. Blue. The lights pulsed like a heartbeat. What had happened back there? Who shot Mrs. Martin? Where was the rest of her family? A shiver ran down Emily’s spine and she turned up the heat. Maybe she’d been wrong. Maybe the injury was the result of the tornado and the gunshot residue she thought she had seen was something else. Dirt. A burn. Anything. She was so tired her eyes blurred; the streetlights passed by like a wand of a light.
It was almost one in the morning; she’d get a couple of hours’ sleep and get back to the scene. She probably wouldn’t even see Jenna. All she knew was that with the light of day, answers would come. Maybe some hope, too. Hope was so very, very needed.
Weeks before, exact time unknown
A cache of letters was tucked into the back of the scrapbook, a kind of secret meeting place where, whenever the need for arousal or remembering was needed, they’d be there.
They were flat as if they’d been ironed under steam and pressure. Though they had once been damp from the heat of fingers, even the wetness of tears, they were stiff now. Crisp.
One missive began: If only we had a song, I’d sing it in your ear, my hot breath, moist and gentle. If only we could touch, I’d play my fingers all over your body. Only you know me. Only you know how I feel. Break down the walls. Break down the barriers. Feel me take off your clothes, one button at time... lingering as they fall to the floor. Your hunger for my touch, insatiable... but I try. I try...
The memories were a torrent and the reader’s breath accelerated to near gasping as the forbidden feelings of desire washed over head to toe.
...Naked we stand, our arms around each other, our mouths searching for the hotness and wetness of our passion. I look you in the eyes. You stare back, longing for us to become one. Your hands slip between my legs...
Excerpted from A COLD DARK PLACE © Copyright 2011 by Gregg Olsen. Reprinted with permission by Pinnacle. All rights reserved.