Janelle Ortega and Chuck Bender are drawn deep into a threatening web of hostility and deceit in Saguaro National Park in this page-turner of a mystery.
"A winning blend of archaeology and intrigue, Graham's series turns our national parks into places of equal parts beauty, mystery, and danger.”
—EMILY LITTLEJOHN, author of Lost Lake
When Janelle Ortega’s cousin from Mexico is found brutally murdered at a remote petroglyph site in Saguaro National Park, she and her husband, archaeologist Chuck Bender, are drawn deep into a threatening web of
hostility and deceit stretching south across the US-Mexico border and back in time a thousand years, to when the Hohokam people thrived in the Sonoran Desert.
Book 8 in Scott Graham's National Park Mystery Series introduces readers to the landscapes and cultural histories of Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, providing an inside look at the wonders of the wildly popular national park and its archaeological and cultural complexities.
Scott Graham is the author of the acclaimed National Park Mystery series and the author of five nonfiction books, including Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. He lives with his spouse in Durango, Colorado.
"Rich descriptions of the landscape and the history of
the Hohokam people who once thrived in the area...Those interested in the
terrain and the native peoples of the Southwest will best appreciate this
"One of the big treats in Saguaro Sanction is
Graham’s portrayal of this national park. His prose vividly brings all the
readers’ senses into play, especially the sense of smell."
—THE DURANGO HERALD
"Set against a background of the life-threatening desert between Mexico
and Tucson, the book tells of the desperate trip immigrants make for a better
life in the United States."
—THE DENVER POST
"Saguaro Sanction delivers an expertly plotted, page-turning
mystery . . . Graham weaves environmental and historical details together with
stunning backcountry landscapes.”
—MARGARET MIZUSHIMA, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries,
including Standing Dead
"With Saguaro Sanction, Graham has pulled off yet another storytelling feat: a whodunit in the tradition of Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen, set in the rugged majesty of one of the lesser known national parks. Touching on themes both new and familiar to his work—family, immigration, the uniquely complicated history of the land at its core—this is a sleek mystery brimming with heart and powered by rocket fuel."
—C. MATTHEW SMITH, author of Twentymile
“Prickly issues, a dramatic setting, and a taut plot—Saguaro
Sanction scores a trifecta of suspenseful reading pleasure. With Scott
Graham at the wheel, you know you’re in for a rewarding ride.”
—MARK STEVENS, author of The Fireballer and the Allison Coil Mystery Series