The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello

The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello (book 1 in the Raleigh Harmon series) (Revell, 2007), 272 pages

It’s summer in Virginia when two men drop from a roof into the rally-fomented crowd below. The victims: a white police officer and a black man with a troubled past. And apparently no one saw what happened.

In Bones (season premiere September 23!), the main character is a forensic anthropologist and she’s paired with an FBI agent. In this Raleigh Harmon series, the main character is a forensic geologist, and she works for the FBI.

I love all the rock, geology, mineralogy stuff. I love that the setting — Richmond, Virginia — plays such a huge role. That the story opens up the history, the racial tensions of the area just makes the story all the better for me.

After reading the second book in this series, I knew I had to read this one, even though I’d heard it wasn’t as good. I’d heard correctly: This book isn’t as good as Giorello’s subsequent books, but it also wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. The character of Raleigh Harmon is still vivid, still strong, still flawed. The main difference, for me (other than different cases, of course), is that the writing’s not as vibrant here as in the two subsequent releases. However, the story still holds together, and I still enjoyed this encounter with Giorello’s writing and Harmon.

Other books in the series:
Book 2 The Rivers Run Dry | [my review: The Rivers Run Dry]
Book 3 The Clouds Roll Away | [my review: The Clouds Roll Away]
Book 4 The Mountains Bow Down in this ongoing series is expected to be released in March 2011, and I hate that I have to wait so long to read it!

About the author
Before turning her hand to fiction, Sibella Giorello (blog: Reading, Running and Real Science) was a features reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for more than 10 years; her work received two Pulitzer nominations.

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6 responses to “The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello

  1. Well, it’s nice to see that the author’s work is improving.

  2. I love that you included a Bones premiere reference! Love that show.

  3. This books sounds good, even if it is not as good as the second one. That is kind of funny as usually it is the second book in a series is usually not as good as the first. Kathy put it well.

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