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The Stones Cry Out: A Novel [Paperback]

By Sibella Giorello (Author)
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Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2007
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0800731603  
EAN  9780800731601  

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During a rally in the searing heat of a Virginia summer, two men plummet from a building into the crowd below. The victims are a white police officer and a young black man with a troubled past. And though hundreds of people stood at the scene, nobody saw what happened. Or are they just not talking?

FBI agent Raleigh Harmon, one of Richmond's own, has to solve the case--fast. The Bureau wants a quick verdict, with or without the truth. But with tight-lipped witnesses, Raleigh must rely on her instincts and her training in forensic geology to uncover the facts. Working her connections with the city's powerful families and its seedy underbelly, Raleigh is determined to see justice prevail. Will she solve the case before the growing racial unrest rages out of control? Or will her choices ultimately bring down everyone involved--including Raleigh herself?

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Sibella Giorello writes the award-winning and bestselling mystery series starring forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon. The first book in the series, "The Stones Cry Out," won a Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Since then, more Raleigh Harmon mysteries have followed, including a bestselling YA series in which the 15-year-old geologist uses mineralogy to solve crimes in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. A former newspaper reporter, Sibella's journalism was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Find out more by visiting her website,

Sibella Giorello has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Raleigh Harmon Novels

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Pursues what is right regardless of obstacles  Mar 20, 2007
Being low man (or in this case agent) on the totem pole in her FBI office earns Raleigh Harmon the lousy jobs, like the civil rights investigation of the deaths of a white cop and a black business owner in Pulitzer-Prize nominee Sibella Giorello's first novel, The Stones Cry Out.

Both fell to their deaths from the top of an empty building, with 600 people protesting against absentee landlords who don't pay taxes. Six hundred people were nearby but Raleigh cannot find anyone who saw anything.

The police blame the black man. The citizens in the area blame the cop. Was the cop dirty? Was the businessman dirty? Are the white landlord of the building and the black mayor calling for the investigation involved?

While Raleigh pursues the case that her supervisor wants closed yesterday, she also has to deal with the mystery of her father's murder and with her mother's mental illness. The more her supervisor pushes her to close the case, the more evidence Raleigh finds that not all is as it should be. How could a small-time gym owner drive expensive cars? How could a good cop afford the expensive fertility treatments that produced his son? Why is Raleigh's ex-boyfriend's father so afraid to let her talk about his building where the crime occurred and his dump? Why did the mayor let the boyfriend's father put the dump/landfill in his district? What are the two of them hiding? And what was the connection between the cold case that the dead cop had been working on and the dead gym owner?

Fans of classic who-done-its and police procedurals will enjoy The Stones Cry Out. I hated to put it down once I got past the first three chapters. My problems early on were that I didn't realize that Raleigh was a female until the third chapter, so that required an adjustment of my thinking. People named after places throw me--I'm often unsure of the sex. My other problem was that I don't care for present-tense novels. It's a personal taste which Giorello overcomes after the first few chapters. I would eagerly look for a sequel from her in spite of the tense, but I would probably not have bought this book initially because of it. I hope most readers disagree with me on this so that I have a chance to read her sequel.

Giorello does a good job of developing Raleigh's character. She starts out as the cynical FBI agent, not quite as hardened as her older partner, but on her way. Her tender care of her emotionally disturbed mother actually ministers to Raleigh's heart as she pursues what is right regardless of the obstacles put before her. - Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book
Well-Crafted Mystery with Literary Style  Mar 2, 2007
Fans of James Lee Burke will thoroughly enjoy this well-paced and well-plotted mystery for its evocative southern setting and its poetic use of language. Giorello's writing demonstrates craftsmanship and humor, and the reader ends up caring deeply about the characters. The heroine, Raleigh Harmon, is as complicated in an ordinary way as the intricate people we know in our everyday lives. At the end of the book, you wish you could continue your relationship with the main characters, maybe have them over for coffee - the sign of a great read.
good first book!  Feb 9, 2007
This Christian Mystery was a very good first read for this new author, and the book moved along at a nice pace, although a mite bit political. Overall I enjoyed this new gal's writing, and look forward to seeing her next !
God is in the details  Feb 2, 2007
In the middle of a winter spent slogging through "Collapse" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," it was time for something, shall we say, easier on the psyche. "Elmore Leonard," I thought while wandering around this site. "The Stones Cry Out" caught my attention instead. Lucky me. And I was lucky for the same reasons you will be when you order this debut novel from Pulitzer-nominated journalist Sibella Giorello: A tight, tidy mystery supporting the travails of a smartly human heroine impelled by a burly but nuanced prose that simply won't let you go, even after the last sentence. - maybe because of the last sentence.

In TSCO We are introduced to Raleigh Harmon, an FBI agent in the Richmond, VA field office, brought in to investigate two deaths during a civil rights rally. Ms. Harmon is tasked to ask perfunctory questions and quickly wrap up her investigation. But luckily for all - especially readers - she is an individual whose faith and sense of duty won't simply let her walk away from the many tough questions left unanswered. The novel becomes, then, both the compelling mystery of its billing as well as the delicate examination of a woman affirming that while the world is in fact a hard place, it is also the only place in which one can attain their own redemption - and it is, finally, our own actions that allow one to attain it.

Ms. Giorello knows her stuff, and her storytelling demonstrates it. This novel is very well researched, coursing along over a bed of historical and scientific accuracy compelling in its fascinating detail and overall relevance, providing a savvy momentum to the plot. But these are only undercurrents. The novel's real heft is found in characters that you can look in the eye, secure in your belief in who they are. No one in this novel is a caricature - though you'll recognize people in it. Instead, through spare constructions of action and dialogue, Ms. Giorello allows the reader just those perfect little glimpses that ultimately result in the fully fleshed. I was startlingly aware of this late in the book in a scene in which a perpatrator has been chased into a high walled cemetary. Raleigh realizes she is standing at just the angle she needs to see him clearly, while he has no idea he is seen. And this is what the author has built throughout - a vantage from which you know you are seeing clearly the details you need to put it all together. But you have to work to get there - this is no simple yarn, and Ms. Giorello has authored a work that requires you to participate is using information, inference and instinct to deduce. Its a killer book.

Finally, I want to alert readers that you may find this novel marketed through mostly christian book lists, and there is a strong reference to Raleigh Harmon's faith throughout the book. But this is like saying Flannery O'Connor wrote for a Catholic audience. Raleigh's devout christianity is elemental to her character - she's not Raleigh without it. This novel though is deserving of a far wider audience and I hope the audience finds it.
Understated and Confident  Jan 30, 2007
A few months back, I heard that a Pulitzer-nominated author was putting out a debut novel, "The Stones Cry Out." Being a big fan of Rick Bragg (another nominee), I found my interest heightened by the shared Southern background of Sibella Giorello and Mr. Bragg. The title and cover of this new book added to the intrigue. What was the book about? Did it even matter? Good stuff coming down the pike. I was sure of it.

And then I got my copy. I started reading. I kept turning the pages. Within a few days, I'd devoured this richly drawn mystery. Not only does Giorello draw memorable characters, she creates evocative settings and rapid-paced dialogue. Her main character is Raleigh Harmon, an FBI agent caught up in a criminal investigation that's become a civil rights powderkeg in modern-day Richmond. A white police officer and a young black man are both deceased, after falling simultaneously from an abandoned building. Which one was the victim? Was this a racially motivated incident?

Like Sigmund Brouwer's Nick Barrett mysteries ("Out of the Shadows"), and my own Aramis Black novels ("The Best of Evil"), Giorello writes contemporary fiction with a spiritual edge and Southern ambiance. She gives us a great lead in Raleigh, a woman facing pressure from corrupt officials, hard-nosed superiors, and her own mother who is clinging by a thread to mental stability. Raleigh also deals with old romantic interests, while enduring some heart-stopping threats. Her emotional detachment after one particular scene is a case-study in understated, yet fully-developed, inner struggle. This is the work of a gifted and confident author.

I look forward to the continued intrigues of Raleigh and her Richmond setting. I hope this book finds the wide audience it deserves. It remains to be seen whether a modern mystery, told with great style and skill, belongs with a title and cover that indicate a more traditional literary novel, especially when coupled with Giorello's writing resume. Either way, "The Stones Cry Out" is a clear statement from Revell Books that great fiction will not be overlooked in this market.

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