• Hardcover: 326 pages
• Publisher: Five Star (October 21, 2011)
Investigative journalist Keegan Thomas is living a nightmare of guilt and grief since her little girl Daisy was kidnapped practically in front of her eyes. When the police investigation dead ended, she turned her grief to anger and buried herself in her work. The result was an award winning series of articles on unsolved child abductions. Her entire life became shaped by a continual search for missing children, her own included.
On what is supposed to be a working vacation, Keegan travels to Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian Reservation seeking the whereabouts of people in an old photograph found in her grandfather’s belongings after his death. Her assignment? Write an upbeat human interest where-are-they-now feature story for Arizona OffBeat Magazine.
But the Indians do not welcome this prying stranger carrying a picture of their old ones, some of them dead. Archaeologist Dante Covelli, a walking wounded with secrets in his past, helps her navigate the mysterious ways of the Navajo, and eventually Keegan is told one of the children in the photograph was kidnapped by missionaries and taken to boarding school.
What follows is a web of deception that stretches back fifty years, and the truth Keegan learns about her own family is the most shocking betrayal of all. Nothing can prepare her for the danger she encounters when she becomes the target of a powerful senator who will do anything to stop her from telling what she knows about the PICTURE OF LIES.
“Similar in feeling to Harrison’s romantic suspense mystery, The Charmstone, also set in Monument Valley … offers a nice combination of action, romance and Navajo lore.” – Kirkus Reviews
“ …absorbing tale of treachery that reaches back decades in Navajo history. Tony Hillerman fans will welcome this well-written mystery.” – Sandra Parshall, author of the Rachel Goddard novels, Under the Dog Star and Broken Places
“…plot is fascinating, and Harrison’s protagonist—a woman searching for her kidnapped daughter—is sympathetic …” – Betty Webb, author of the prize-winning Lena Jones novels, Desert Wives and Desert Lost
C. C. Harrison lives in Anthem, Arizona. She is the author of hundreds of articles and short stories. When she’s not writing, reading, or working out at the gym, she can be found in the mountains of Colorado or in some far-flung corner of the Southwest.
C.C.’s Tour Stops
Monday, October 17th: As I turn the pages
Tuesday, October 18th: Iwriteinbook’s blog
Wednesday, October 19th: Cafe of Dreams
Friday, October 21st: Joyfully Retired
Monday, October 24th: Stephany Writes
Wednesday, October 26th: Life In Review
Monday, October 31st: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, November 1st: Book Nook Club
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Thursday, November 3rd: Lesa’s Book Critiques