The Hunt, by Christie Rose
What happens when a middle-class baby boomer goes up against a cold-blooded professional killer? Susan Ryker is everywoman. She is a mother, an artist, a teacher. She's just been through a messy divorce. She has real concerns and problems to occupy her time. She is old enough to have no more illusions -- but young enough to still have all kinds of hope. And then Susan Ryker witnesses a murder. Unknown to Susan, she witnessed more than just a death. She is also witnessed the death of her own peace of mind -- the termination of her close ties with her daughter -- the end of forty-some years of a relatively benign existence in the small town of Booker Bend, Oregon. Now, as she struggles toward the summit of Skinner's Butte, she is on foot, out of shape, and running for her life. Susan Ryker is a target. And she has to get moving.