DEATH VALLEY DUEL

June 2024

“A TAUT, SMART, AND PROPULSIVE THRILLER.”
— NINA DE GRAMONT

When archaeologist Chuck Bender makes a stunning discovery of a century-old evil, he believes it may be related to a series of deadly accidents plaguing the Whitney to Death 150, the world’s toughest ultra trail-running race. While Chuck’s teenage stepdaughter Carmelita races to win the competition, Chuck races to uncover the wicked intent lying behind the tragedies—before Carmelita becomes the next victim.

“Death Valley Duel is a taut, smart, and propulsive thriller that will keep you spellbound. Graham has written a love letter to the California desert, and to parenthood, and to the athletes who push themselves past limits most of us cannot even imagine. Within the framework of a fifty-hour, hundred-and-fifty-mile ultramarathon, Graham tells a story that’s been unfolding for a hundred years—a steady, dangerous, and addictive race toward justice.”
— NINA DE GRAMONT, New York Times bestselling author of The Christie Affair

“A literal race to the finish that will keep you guessing and glued to the pages.”
— 5280 MAGAZINE

“By turns a life-and-death thriller and a fascinating examination of endurance sports, Death Valley Duel is an adrenaline-soaked journey through one of the most forbidding and alluring places in the United States. Expertly paced and compelling, you’ll find it impossible to put down once you’ve started.”
— C. MATTHEW SMITH, author of Twentymile

Scott Graham

Scott is the National Outdoor Book Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed National Park Mystery Series, published by Torrey House Press. Death Valley Duel is book nine in the series, which debuted with Canyon Sacrifice in 2014.

The National Park Mystery Series

The nine critically acclaimed, standalone National Park Mysteries feature archaeologist Chuck Bender, his wife Janelle Ortega, and their daughters, Carmelita and Rosie, as they encounter villainy and murderous intrigue in the wilderness backcountry of America’s iconic national parks.

“A winning blend of archaeology and intrigue, Graham’s series turns our national parks into places of equal parts beauty, mystery, and danger.”
— EMILY LITTLEJOHN, No. 1 Denver Post bestselling author of the Gemma Monroe Mystery Series

The National Park Mystery Series

The nine critically acclaimed, standalone National Park Mysteries feature archaeologist Chuck Bender, his wife Janelle Ortega, and their daughters, Carmelita and Rosie, as they encounter villainy and murderous intrigue in the wilderness backcountry of America’s iconic national parks.

“A winning blend of archaeology and intrigue, Graham’s series turns our national parks into places of equal parts beauty, mystery, and danger.”
— EMILY LITTLEJOHN, No. 1 Denver Post bestselling author of the Gemma Monroe Mystery Series

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THE NATIONAL PARK MYSTERY SERIES