Author: Susan Cummins Miller
Published: April 1, 2006 by Texas Tech University Press (HC); Berkley Prime Crime (PB)
Series Name: Frankie MacFarlane
Main Character: Frankie MacFarlane
The winter solstice approaches, the time when darkness and cold hold sway over warmth and light . . . a time to settle old scores. Geologist Frankie MacFarlane had planned on a quick trip to the University of California, Del Rio, to defend her geology dissertation, assist the Del Rio police in identifying the remains of her former fiancé, and visit with her old friend, Killeen. Unfortunately, Frankie's life is never that simple. Frankie's defense is put on hold when her mentor, geologist Sarah Barstead, is the victim of a hit and run. That night, another professor is attacked at school. Someone's stalking her committee members, leaving cryptic notes behind--notes that Frankie helps decipher . . . notes that place her at the center of the stalker's web. The UC-Del Rio geology department is no longer a safe haven. When Dora Simpson, a geology student, disappears while working on a fossil dig in the Mojave Desert, Frankie, her colleagues, and Killeen join the search. But the relative safety of the central Mojave is an illusion. There, amid the barren hills and ancient rock alignments of a forgotten people, the search soon becomes a manhunt. And the hunters become the hunted. QUARRY received the 2007 New Mexico Turquoise Book Award in Mystery, the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Gold Award in Mystery, was a Finalist for the 2007 WILLA Award in Contemporary Fiction, and was selected as a 2006 Southwest Books of the Year Notable Book.