HarperCollins Publishers Releases Debut Novel from Leading FBI-trained Forensic Artist Carrie Stuart Parks

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Parks draws from real life career experiences for “A Cry From The Dust” when a 19th-century Mormon conspiracy is shattered by a 21st-century forensic artist

A Cry From the Dust

A Cry From the Dust

Carrie Stuart Parks utilizes her own background as a celebrated, FBI-trained forensic artist to blend fact and fiction into a stunning mystery.

It was the most deadly act of domestic terrorism in the United States until the Oklahoma City bombings; in 1857, a wagon train in Utah was assaulted by a group of militant Mormons calling themselves the Avenging Angels. One hundred and forty people were murdered, including dozens of unarmed men, women, and children. The Mountain Meadows Massacre remains controversial to this day—but the truth may be written on the skulls of the victims.

Carrie Stuart Parks has spent decades working with the FBI and law enforcement officials as one of the nation’s leading forensic artists. Now Parks has turned her grisly life’s work into a gripping debut novel for HarperCollins Publishers.

In A CRY FROM THE DUST, renowned forensic artist Gwen Marcey is recruited to reconstruct the faces of recently unearthed victims at Mountain Meadows, she isn’t expecting more than an interesting gig and a break from her own hectic life.

But when Gwen stumbles on the ritualized murder of a young college student, her work on the massacre takes on a terrifying new aspect, and research quickly becomes a race against modern-day fundamentalist terror.

As evidence of a cover-up mounts, a cover-up spanning the entire history of the Mormon church, Gwen finds herself in the crosshairs of a secret society bent on fulfilling a twisted prophecy and revenging old wrongs.

Can a forensic artist reconstruct two centuries of suppressed history… before it repeats itself?

In A CRY FROM THE DUST, Carrie Stuart Parks utilizes her own background as a celebrated, FBI-trained forensic artist to blend fact and fiction into a stunning and controversial mystery.

About the Author

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing. Carrie began to write fiction while battling breast cancer and was mentored by New York Times best-selling author Frank Peretti. Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling with cancer.

A CRY FROM THE DUST is available now on Amazon and bookstores everywhere. To learn more about the novel and the author, visit http://www.CarrieStuartParks.com and http://www.Facebook.com/CarrieStuartParksAuthor.

For all reviewer copies, interview requests, and other press inquiries, please contact Jessica Lloyd with Allen Media Strategies at jessica(at)allenmediastrategies(dot)com or call (703) 589-8960.

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