Eye of the Mountain God: A Thriller (Hardcover)

A Thriller

By Penny Rudolph

Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312545468, 304pp.

Publication Date: April 13, 2010



Megan Montoya has come to New Mexico with her daughter, Lizzie, to begin a career in photography. One morning she opens her newspaper and five jagged stones clatter to the floor. A jeweler identifies them as emeralds, and an attractive archeologist believes they might be the legendary emerald arrowheads used by the Pima Indians four centuries ago to lure away the Spaniards.

Megan’s paperboy goes missing, and her house is searched. Tension escalates as Megan finds her only client is hiding something, and that the man she is falling in love with may have ulterior motives. When Lizzie is kidnapped, Megan becomes embroiled in a separatist plot, bargaining with a cabal’s crazed leader to spare her daughter’s life.

Eye of the Mountain God is Penny Rudolph’s fourth crime novel. Combining a cast of maverick characters and nonstop action, she offers a unique and captivating story about one mother’s love and the causes that some people are willing to die, and kill, for.

About the Author

Penny Rudolph has worked as a bartender, truck driver, chile picker, musician, science writer, and medical writer. She's also taught journalism at New Mexico State University and won more than fifty national writing and editing awards, including an Eppie and an International Gold Quill. Penny lives in Albuquerque.

Praise For Eye of the Mountain God: A Thriller

"Rudolph's writing succeeds on multiple levels: the intriguing plot, interwoven with historical mysteries, contemporary cultural conflicts, and individuals' moral dilemmas, will compel you through this page-turner. In Megan Montoya, Rudolph has created a mutlifaceted protagonist whose sensitivity and motivations will keep you rooting for her to the final page of this captivating story."--New Mexico Magazine  “An exciting thriller with a Southwestern flavor, this latest work by Penny Rudolph combines elements of Rudolfo Anaya and Tony Hillerman’s novels.”—Warren Murphy, two-time Edgar Award-winning author and co-creator of The Destroyer series