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Picnic In the Ruins

(2021)
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"Part mystery; part quirky, darkly funny, mayhem-filled thriller; and part meditation on what it means to 'own' land, artifacts, and the narrative of history in the West . . . A fast-paced, highly entertaining hybrid of Tony Hillerman and Edward Abbey." --Kirkus Reviews

Anthropologist Sophia Shepard is researching the impact of tourism on cultural sites in a remote national monument on the Utah-Arizona border when she crosses paths with two small-time criminals. The Ashdown brothers were hired to steal maps from a "collector" of Native American artifacts, but their ineptitude has alerted the local sheriff to their presence. Their employer, a former lobbyist seeking lucrative monument land that may soon be open to energy exploration, sends a fixer to clean up their mess. Suddenly, Sophia must put her theories to the test in the real world, and the stakes are higher than she could have ever imagined.

What begins as a madcap caper across the RV-strewn vacation lands of southern Utah becomes a meditation on mythology, authenticity, the ethics of preservation, and one nagging question: Who owns the past?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A murderously addictive thrill-ride through the remote, rugged Utah-Arizona borderlands, where looting and vandalism of ancient cultural sites remain all too prevalent." - Scott Graham

"Reading Picnic in the Ruins is like watching a Tarantino film—scenes unfold to reveal a cast of divergent characters who are destined to collide; and when they do, you won't want to look away. Todd Robert Petersen delivers a roller coaster of a book!" - Margaret Mizushima


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January 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Picnic In the Ruins
Author(s): Todd Robert Petersen
ISBN: 1-64009-322-2 / 978-1-64009-322-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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January 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Picnic In the Ruins
Author(s): Todd Robert Petersen
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU