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(The first book in the Melisende Dulac series)
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On a desolate road in the Oregon high desert, an apprentice mortician stumbles upon a horrific car crash--and into a vortex of treachery, long-buried secrets, and growing menace.

Melisende Dulac is a fish out of water after relocating from the East Coast to a small community in the Oregon high desert. But just as she's beginning to think of Barlow County as home, her life takes an ominous turn when she comes upon a grisly multiple car wreck and three shattered bodies on an isolated road outside of town. Near the scene, Melisende trips over a fourth body, that of a newborn girl lying a physics-defying distance from the wreckage. There is no one to claim the infant, nor a clear indication she was even part of the accident.

The crash offers plenty of opportunities for an apprentice mortician--but when the victims' bodies are stolen from her family's mortuary, Melisende is branded suspect number one. Then, Portland lawyer Kendrick Pride arrives on the scene on behalf of one of the victim's families--or so he says--and Melisende begins to see that there's much more to this enigmatic figure than meets the eye.

As the shadows gather and the mystery deepens, Melisende must race to find the truth--or be swallowed by the darkness.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Crossroad is an immersive read and a you-are-there page turner." - Karen Harper

"Cameron deploys cliffhangers with a master's touch, and renders his fictional Barlow County so vividly, you can almost smell the desert sage... He and I will be returning for years to come." - Chris Holm

"Gripping and darkly comic...Packed with unusual and enthralling characters, and set in a wonderful, fully-realized, high desert milieu, Crossroad had me hooked from page one." - Owen Laukkanen

"Fans of Michael Connelly will relish Cameron's coldful characters." - Julia Spencer-Fleming

"Dark, funny, and truly mysterious...I loved her from the very first page." - Victoria Helen Stone

"Crossroad offers up twist after delicious twist. Readers will root for the prickly and exceedingly relatable mortician-in-training Melisende Dulac." - Tiffany Quay Tyson

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