New Hard-Boiled Detective Series Uncovers Bones, Murder & History.
Gold medal, best novel, Fiction--Mystery/Thriller, Midwest Book Awards
Paleontologist turned private investigator, Harry Przewalski, excavates the dirty underbelly of people's lives, unearthing sexual betrayals, treachery, fraud and murder buried beneath the science of petrified shards, skin and bones. Ultimately, he must face a brutal killing in his own past, when he fled to a desert war and came back with a gun and a license to detect.
In his second case, Death Spoke, a university dean, a renowned expert in prehistoric cave art, is murdered in her motel bed at five in the morning. Moments later, a waitress is bludgeoned at a truck-stop diner next to the motel. Hours later, an archaeology professor suffers a violent bicycle crash on a highway 35 miles further east.
Przewalski excavates the deadly archaeological layers of the case, finding lives torn by deceit, vendetta and redemption. The dean's ruthless academic politics brought her power and deadly enemies. Was she killed as payback for her sexual blackmail? As archaeologist, her shocking discoveries threatened to ruin professional careers. Was the art in one of the most celebrated caves forged to attract tourists? And who were the cave artists--who painted the luminous bison, deer, mammoths, and horses on the cave walls? And why? Were they hunters? Or shamans? Or social outcasts shunned by the tribe?
The second installment in the Harry Przewalski series. The first book in the series is The Bone Field.
About the Author
Leonard Krishtalka has enjoyed two parallel careers--professional paleontologist, and author and novelist. As a paleontologist he has led and worked on expeditions throughout the fossil-rich badlands of western Canada and the US, Patagonia, Europe, China, Kenya and Ethiopia, excavating and studying the past life and cultures of the planet. He has held academic posts at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the University of Pittsburgh, the National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, and The University of Kansas, Lawrence.As a novelist, Krishtalka uses the mystery genre to explore the human condition. He is the author of the award-winning Harry Przewalski series: The Bone Field, Death Spoke, The Camel Driver, and the forthcoming Native Blood. His fifth novel, The Body on the Bed, is historical fiction that investigates a murder and sensational trial in 1871 amid the social upheaval of post-Civil War Lawrence, Kansas. Krishtalka is an op-ed contributor to the Lawrence Journal-World, a past columnist for Carnegie Magazine, and author of the acclaimed book, Dinosaur Plots.
"the best this genre has to offer: a riveting exploration of a crime blended with a deeply stirring examination of human nature."
"A cinematically immersive murder mystery deftly combined with an intellectual drama."
"Astonishingly clever tale--intelligently conceived and executed."
"Skillfully mixes a murder mystery with an intricate tale of academic intrigue and historical drama."
"Prose consistently sharp and illustrative."
-- Kirkus Reviews