A Raleigh Harmon Novel:
The Mountains Bow Down
Everything's going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . .
That's what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, The Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who's hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.
But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh's vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship's security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh's forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.
Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesisperpetual ladies man Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jackwho might not be such a jerk after all.
And that's only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.
Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a situation so steep and so complex that even the mountains might bow down.
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Thomas Nelson, March 2011, ISBN-13: 9781595545350
Reviews"Giorello has won the Christy Award and has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. When you read this book, you'll see why."
Booklist (STARRED review)
"Giorello's stories are always well written and entertaining. This latest includes a little welcome humor in the mix. 4 stars"
Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Giorello won the Christy Award for this series' debut (The Stones Cry Out). Each entry has proven better than the one before, and the latest installment is no exception. Crisp writing, fast-paced action, and beautiful descriptions of Alaskan landscapes make this an essential read for fans of Irene Hannon."
"I'm not a huge fan of thrillers unless I love the writing and I'm captivated by the characters... In this case, Giorello scored on both counts. A seasoned journalist, she writes like a person with words under her belt... Giorello's economic use of language and spot-on dialogue make this novel a rapid read, and her characters make it a page-turner.... I hate to admit this, but I do not read "Christian fiction" much. Most of it I find to be formulaic and preachy. That wasn't the case with Sibella Giorello's novel. Her portrayal of a woman trying to sort out herself and her circumstances and see through the eyes of her faith compelled me from beginning to end. I will read the next installment in Raleigh's life when it appears next year."
Hoosier Wordsmith (read the full review)
"Read her for her wonderfully descriptive prose, her killer plots or her well-drawn characters, but read her. You'll come away enriched in deep and plentiful ways."
The Richmond Times-Dispatch