Valley of Bones
By Michael Gruber
William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780061650741, 448pp.
Publication Date: April 2009
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Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Michael Gruber's second novel to feature police detective Jimmy Paz is a chilling and remarkable work of intelligence and imagination. After a wealthy oilman plunges ten stories to his death from the balcony of a Miami hotel, Paz and the young cop who witnessed the fall discover a woman on her knees praying in the dead man's room. A motive and strong evidence point to the woman--Emmylou Dideroff--as the murderer, but she insists that she's innocent of the crime, while freely admitting her guilt in numerous other criminal acts and abominations. As her shocking confessions blur the lines between charity and vengeance, delusion and reality, Paz finds himself drawn once again into the unexplained . . . and into a collision with an evil of inconceivable power.
“The Stephen King of crime writing.”
“TROPIC OF NIGHT and VALLEY OF BONES [are] miracles .... and among the essential novels of recent years.”
“Grade: A. A feast of rich characters ... globe-trotting plotline, and an exploration of faith’s place in our world.”
“Dazzling, literate and downright scary .... mesmerizing, multilayered, page-turning new novel. Masterful ... Don’t miss this book.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An engrossing and shocking story ... equal in depth and breadth to THE DA VINCI CODE ... Grade: A.”
-Rocky Mountain News
“Done with such intelligence, style and understated dread.”
“Uncommon intrigue steeped in murder and mysticism … An intoxicating thriller.”
“[A] startling and original thriller ... Gruber is a gifted and natural storyteller.”
“An intriguing intellectual thriller.”
“Engrossing ... Gruber is one to watch.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Evocative prose, an erudite author, spellbinding subject matter and totally original characters add up to make this one a knockout.”
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“No second-novel slump here. Gruber has drawn even with John Sandford and has power to spare.”
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)