“A taut, smart, and propulsive thriller.”
— NINA DE GRAMONT, New York Times bestselling author of The Christie Affair

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.

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Death Valley Duel is a taut, smart, and propulsive thriller that will keep you spellbound. Scott 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, Scott 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

The latest installment in Scott Graham’s National Park Mystery series will not disappoint. His ability to blend thrilling mystery and environmental suspense is unparalleled in the genre, and mystery readers new to his work will delight in protagonist Chuck Bender, a perfect blend of Miss Marple and Indiana Jones. A propulsive, page-turning murder mystery with an environmental cold case at its core, Death Valley Duel asks thoughtful questions surrounding water rights and American colonialism that keeps it from being just another whodunit. I found myself reading into the early hours of the morning, compulsively devouring this dynamic novel.
MOLLY IMBER, Maria’s Bookshop

Move over, Chuck Bender, because it’s Carmelita Ortega’s turn. Fans of Scott Graham’s novels will relish in watching one of their most adored characters take center stage. 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

A twisty thriller that promises an epic race to the finish.
CLAIRE KELLS, Grafton Award finalist and author of Forgotten Trail