A CNN journalist kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq is held in a cavern prison,
where he sees strange glowing images on the wall at night.
A reporter for a local independent weekly in El Paso, TX, finds herself
strangely thrilled to cover murder stories, even while her beloved brother is dying in a nearby hospital room.
A CIA agent assigned to run Operation Moon Flash, the agency’s covert
psychic investigations program, has to step in when his psychics start to die,
one by one.
An anthropologist searches an ancient rock art site near a small Texas town
on the Rio Grande, hoping to find clues to her father’s disappearance.
When these characters come together, they will confront their own pasts and
each other, as combatants in a supernatural war spanning the eons and the
continents, all linked by the raging currents of the world’s rivers…
Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s River Runs Red (on sale September 30, 2008 from
Penguin/Jove) is the second book in a loose trilogy, linked by theme and
setting, following Missing White Girl and coming before 2009’s Cold Black Hearts. It’s a big, ambitious epic of a supernatural thriller combining elements of spy fiction (and fact) with flat-out horror. Character-driven and fast moving, River Runs Red has more unexpected twists and turns than a mountain stream.
Missing White Girl was a bestseller for the Independent Mystery Booksellers
Association. The Tucson Weekly called it “frequently enthralling,” adding,
“But his true masterpiece is Buck Shelton. In his hero, he's crafted one of the finest new sleuths in fiction: a very real man who finds solace in the
challenges of his job when things get rough at home, who isn't so hardened
that a dead family of four can still shake him to the core--and who isn't
afraid to make solving a crime a little bit personal. It would be a pleasure to see Buck again.” The Daily Dispatch of Douglas, AZ said Missing White
Girl "offers a gripping supernatural thriller while weaving an insightful
commentary about race and class on the U.S./Mexico border."