Try turning the clock back two generations in time and experience the sweltering summer of fourteen-year-old Dalan Dawson—the new kid in town—as he meets the new neighborhood kids in the dusty, small, cotton-farming town of Coolidge, Arizona. His boring summer turns very interesting when Dalan first lays eyes on the brown-eyed, dark-haired Marie Palermo. She is special from his first shy glimpse of the sassy, rich, and very smart girl. Over the next few days, she leads him into an excitement-filled world of ancient intrigue when she invites him to help her explore a newly-uncovered desert cave that lies beneath the ruins of an ancient Anasazi village. From the action of the neighborhood kids’ street game—kick the can—to the ancient spider-web-filled caverns with their long-forgotten treasures, the two teens are caught up in mysteries, muggings, and murders. Who killed the town’s high school hero, and who abandoned the three-hundred-year-old Spanish padre and his jewel encrusted, gold cross? Dalan and Marie’s story seems too bizarre to be true — or maybe not.
About The Author
After thirty years of medical practice and raising five children, Dr. Steven I. Dahl and his wife Paula split their time between their homes in the Arizona desert and the mountain peaks of Utah. Humanitarian medical missions in third world countries, spending time with their seventeen grandchildren and writing fiction thrillers fill the retirement years. With his fourth novel penned, he and Paula will be off to Europe for more adventure.