Title: The Stones Cry Out
A Raleigh Harmon Novel
Author: Sibella Giorello
Length: 270 Pages
Released: Mar 2, 2011
When nobody talks... the stones cry out.
In the searing heat of a Virginia summer, two men plummet from a roof to the sidewalk below. One is a white police officer. The other is a black man with a troubled past. Although hundreds of people stood at the scene, no witnesses come forward. When FBI agent Raleigh Harmon is assigned the case, she quickly realizes nobody is going to talk.
The Bureau wants a quick verdict -- with or without the truth. To uncover the facts, Raleigh must rely on her forensic geology skills and her connections among Richmond's most powerful families. But can she she solve the case before her boss closes the investigation? And will her choices bring down everyone involved--including Raleigh herself?
The Stones Cry Out is the second book I'm reading from this author. It's significantly shorter than book 4 in the series, but I suppose that comes from it being the author's first venture into the mysterious realms of novel writing. Few authors can capture and present a character's voice as clearly as Giorello has done here.
As a first person narration there's a bit of awkwardness here and there, but the story flows easily. I like that Raleigh Harmon's more human than most fictional FBI agents. It seems that a lot of tv series and books like to show us the FBI hotshot: young, handsome or gorgeous, insanely smart, etc, but Raleigh's normal. The ending's kind of cliche, but that's forgivable. (tragic past coming back to haunt her)
Some plot points are a bit far-fetched and as a mystery it's fairly straightforward, but it's worth reading. Find it from the library if you think you'll balk at the spiritual overtones herein, but definitely give the story a chance.