The Rivers Run Dry (Raleigh Harmon Series #2)

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Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmondiscovers thatthe Pacific Northwestis filled with beauty, danger, and mystery.

When Raleigh Harmon, geologist and special agent for the FBI, is suddenly transferred from the Richmond field office to Seattle, she finds herself in strange territory. The Pacific Northwest has a whole different pace than the South does, her new boss seems determined to prove she can't handle the work, and she's desperately trying to keep her mother's sanity from ...

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Overview

Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmondiscovers thatthe Pacific Northwestis filled with beauty, danger, and mystery.

When Raleigh Harmon, geologist and special agent for the FBI, is suddenly transferred from the Richmond field office to Seattle, she finds herself in strange territory. The Pacific Northwest has a whole different pace than the South does, her new boss seems determined to prove she can't handle the work, and she's desperately trying to keep her mother's sanity from crumbling altogether. But a missing hiker, a ransom note, an underground card game, and a "friend" with deadly intentions all ensure that there's no time for an easy transition. Raleigh will need all her skills and a little help-to keep the missing girl and herself alive.

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Author and journalist Giorello, whose Christy award-winning debut novel, The Stones Cry Out , made a splash in the evangelical Christian literary community, offers another crisply written crime story featuring Raleigh Harmon, the female geologist turned FBI agent. Agent Harmon is transferred from Richmond to Seattle, disciplined for not following orders. She arrives in Seattle with no sure footing and must quickly adapt to the unfamiliar as she begins the search for a missing wealthy young woman, with no choice but to trust her instincts. But there are distractions: her mom's sanity is iffy, her aunt has clairvoyant friends, and a whole host of fellow officers Harmon can't quite trust yet. As the search intensifies, so does the pressure, and Harmon keenly feels the strain of remaining an unemotional agent while coming into intimate contact with evil personified. With great attention to detail, gritty descriptions and fast-paced action, Giorello's tale of suspense is a sure bet. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613751466
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Series: Raleigh Harmon Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sibella Giorello began her writing career as a journalist. Her stories have won awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer. Her novel The Stones Cry Out won a Christy Award. She lives in Washington State with her husband and family.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

    Standard Detective Fare

    The Rivers Run Dry, by Sibella Giorello is a FBI crime novel. Special Agent Raleigh Harmon, a forensic geologist, is assisting local police on the disappearance of the daughter of rich parents. When they receive a ransom note with a finger, Raleigh doesn't have much time to find the missing girl.

    The story is pretty standard detective fare. There's the agent who doesn't do well with bureacracy, the wealthy parents who call in the politicians, and the kidnapper who cuts off fingers. I've seen it done before, and this just feels like same old-same old.

    Kidnapping is a natural suspense area, but here, it's robbed by the lack of a ticking time bomb. For most of the book, we're told that the victim, Courtney, might just be missing, and that the only reason the FBI is investigating is because the parents complained higher up. The middle sags because it feels like nobody's trying particularly hard to find the girl until they get the ransom note. Once that happens, the story picks up, but it's pretty late into the book.

    I'm afraid there just wasn't much in this book that made me want to find out what happened next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Deathshadow

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Moonpas

    Fished

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Lavenderpaw

    Chases a mouse -Lav &#9829

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Ashstorm

    He takes it carefully in his mouth and stepped back to let him back out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Skypaw

    Skypaw pushes his way through the gap. “Alright, let's go.” He takes some of the herbs and pads back towards the camp. (Gtg for dinner.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Tealpaw

    *Stalks a hare.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Rabbitflight

    "Forest here!" Ps. Next reses too but it is not over...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Spurrpelt

    Pads in and returns too camp with lots of prey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Is &# 9832

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Windpaw

    She pads around silently searching for prey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Rainpaw

    Waits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Willowpaw

    Follows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Sunpelt

    Sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Sunleaf

    Oh nvm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    EmberClan Forest

    Hunt here!

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Hard to Get Into

    Raleigh Harmon is an FBI agent transferred to the Seattle FBI office for disciplinary reasons. A young rich girl disappears and becomes her first case. I enjoyed The Rivers Run Dry by Sibella Giorello, but it took some getting into and failed to hook me early on. I was also able to figure out who the culprit was before the end of the book,but this may be due to the fact that I think like a writer when I read or view television, even though she did a great job of possible motives for others. I found myself slower to complete this book than usual. I was able to put it aside and let it set awhile. When a book truly hooks me early on, I don't want to put it down. Some of the vivid description was a bit much and made it tedious. The visual imagery is wonderful, but there is such a thing as too much and when this happens, it slows down the flow and causes the novel to be slow-paced instead of fast-paced. I enjoyed the ending until I realized where it was going. I'm impressed with the amount of research she completed to make the novel realistic. My favorite part was when she discovered her mother serving meals to the people who needed help. I knew the moment the trooper came to her aid what was going on, but I thought she'd discover it while they were walking together, and she didn't. All the clues about the touch on her elbow should have lead to something. Instead, she figures nothing out until she sees the cuffs on her wrists. That was a bit disappointing, as she seemed too smart for this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    Enjoyable

    I certainly hope she will write another book soon. It would be good to add more about Virginia if possible. Her first book was well written and interesting as well.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    Great story with good characters.

    This book is the first I've read by this author and I think she does a good job with description and character development.

    Raleigh Harmon is a woman in a male-dominated field of FBI forensics. Her specialty is geology. When a local woman (rich family) goes missing, the FBI is called in to help the local police. Raleigh faces discouragement on every side, especially from the man she's partnered with, Jack Stephanson.

    But Raleigh earns his grudging respect when she finds needed clues to the case.

    I liked the book although it didn't talk much about Raleigh's faith in God -- maybe that was more in the first book. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that this book is definitely a good read. I recommend it for anyone's personal mystery library.

    If you like mysteries by this author, I recommend any book written by James Scott Bell, Terri Blackstock and Angela Hunt.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Not a Dry Book

    This was the first book I've read by this author and I will admit I was highly impressed with it. I liked Raleigh's character very much. She's very no nonsense and is a strong female lead. I really liked her name as it's unique and Southern. Her character is not very feminine, there were times when I honestly forgot she was female. Since it was in first person, the reader sees things the way Raleigh does and she doesn't really give off any hints that give away her femininity. There's not really any romantic subplots in this book, which was fine by me. I was glad the mystery was main plot of the book. The suspense build up was done very well, and the storyline felt like it was a good plot for a TV show. I also liked how Raleigh used her geology expertise to help solve the mystery. It's very nice to see a detective be smart and resourceful and not fall into the trap of being stereotyped.

    If there was any qualms in the book, I would have to say it is the ending. To me, it felt like it happened rather abruptly and out of the blue. All of a sudden everything was explained and all loose ends tied up without warning. It felt like sort of a let down to just have it end the way it did. I wasn't expecting that ending but at the same time it felt like a predictable bit to explain things. Other than that, I did enjoy reading this book. Even though it's Christian fiction, it's not preachy at all. The characters do attend church, but it's not in your face and it's actually almost an afterthought in the book. Overall the story has strong characters and an interesting plot that makes for a very good read. I am looking forward to going back and reading Giorello's previous book which featured Raleigh and also to any future books by her.

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