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River Bones by Mary Deal

River Bones by Mary Deal

A mystery surrounds the lush orchards and farmlands of California’s Sacramento River Delta. As Sara Mason returns to her hometown in order to start a new life, she learns that a serial killer is terrorizing its residents.

Despite battling the memory of the drowning deaths of her younger sister and alcoholic parents, Sara is determined to make peace with her past. However, she soon learns that the elusive psychopath who strangles his victims, snaps their necks, and then buries each along with a dead animal, is now stalking her. Sara’s attempt to rebuild her life is hindered even more by the discovery of skeletal remains both on and near her property. She must move out as the criminal investigation focuses on suspects like the gravedigger Crazy Ike, a cat-killing vagrant, a Peeping Tom, and several others who may be connected to the twenty-eight victims. After several attempts on her life, Sara discovers critical clues and bravely volunteers to be a decoy for the sheriff’s department.

Sara Mason is a woman whose destiny has brought her back home, but her decision may lead her down a path lined with danger and straight into the arms of a madman in this captivating thriller.


  1. 2009 Winner (Honorable Mention) in Eric Hoffer Book Awards (In 2009, these book awards sent everyone from Honorable Mention up a Winner’s sticker.)
  2. 2011 Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards

Book Genre: Thriller

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Author Mary Deal’s Current Published Books (in order of importance)
Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation
River Bones
The Howling Cliffs
Down to the Needle
The Ka

Legacy of the Tropics
Off Center in the Attic – Over the Top Stories
Write It Right – Tips for Authors – The Big Book
Write It Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. II
Write it Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. I

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