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the Bones Will Speak

By Carrie Stuart Parks


When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in their community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic.
Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter.
The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor.
When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.

Book Takeaway:

Knowledge of Christian Identity movement, forensic art, and a great read.

Why the author wrote this book:

Author Note
I’d originally written this book about a serial killer based on my work on the Robert Lee Yates case in Spokane, Washington. At the suggestion of my editor at Thomas Nelson, I added the Christian Identity layer. They liked the religious angle to the forensics, and for me, it was really a no-brainer which group to write about. Richard Butler’s Aryan Nations compound was about forty minutes from my home. I was one of the courtroom artists when the Southern Poverty Law Office, with attorney Morris Dees, brought a civil suit against the Church of Jesus Christ, Aryan Nations. I’d have to add that this group shot my dad, then director of the North Idaho Regional Crime Lab, and wounded him. The Phineas Priesthood group, also part of the Christian Identity movement, had a cell in Spokane in the mid 1990’s. Working with the FBI, ATF, city and county of Spokane, I drew sixteen composite sketches to help identify them. I got to see them in person when a television new station hired me as a courtroom artist. For a complete bibliography of books I referenced while writing this, check out my web page:


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