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Cry from an Unknown Grave Hardcover – October 1, 2020

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book review by Joe Kilgore

"I need to tell someone about the girls. I think they’ve killed some. I know they’ve hurt them. I can’t call the police because they say the cops are part of it."

This is the second novel in the author’s series about a small-town Iowa newspaper reporter who gets involved in big stories that manage to embroil him in dangerous, even life-threatening situations. This one uncovers horrific activity going on all over the Midwest, and it not only puts the reporter in harm’s way but also some of the people he cares for the most.

Tony is on the rebound from winning a Pulitzer Prize but losing the woman he loved. While trying to come to grips with that loss, he is plunged into a horrendous tale of underage sex trafficking from no less than one of its victims. As he struggles to help a single individual survive, he is drawn deeper and deeper into a world of missing girls, murder, prostitution, and more. His zealotry to save young people forced into sexual slave labor soon overrides his professional journalistic judgment, and he finds himself knee-deep in undercover operations, FBI stings, and particularly perilous behavior that threaten both his friends and family members. Before this tale has run its course, contemptible individuals as vile as they are violent will test Tony’s capacity for conviction and courage.

Author LeValley skillfully weaves an intricate and involving tale even as he keeps his foot planted firmly on the accelerator. His narrative pauses only occasionally to provide proper backstories on primary players, yet never at the expense of reader engagement. Psychological as well as physical descriptions of the people populating his pages add an aura of intimacy to character development and behavior. This is fiction based unfortunately on a very real problem. As such, it’s both entertaining and important.

RECOMMENDED (2020-06-25)

“LeValley's new novel is a chilling tale as smoothly told as the crimes it recounts are brutal, with a reporter hero doggedly in pursuit of a story...and justice.”

––Max Allan Collins, Author of ROAD TO PERDITION

“5 out of 5 stars. A compelling and heartbreaking look at the best and the worst in us. A terrific story...A surefire winner from a composed and confident storyteller.”


“This latest installment of Tony Harrington’s adventures is a gripping, page turner full of excitement, heart wrenching twists and rich justice. It is impossible to put down!”

––Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography, Pixar Studios

"A chilling mystery-thriller … which will have the reader captivated. A tale full of suspense and twists that builds towards the nerve-racking climax and comes to an ending with every loose thread tied up. Heartily recommend it to readers who enjoy thrillers/crime dramas."

––Online Book Club (2020-06-25)

About the Author

Joseph “Joe” LeValley was fortunate to find success in three careers prior to becoming an author: journalism, health care, and music. He was a reporter-photographer for Iowa newspapers for seven years. During that time, Joe wrote articles ranging from breaking news to feature stories to personal columns. Subsequently, he served for more than 30 years as an executive in Iowa hospitals and its largest statewide health care network. During that time, he and his team won four national awards for communications excellence. As a musician, Joe plays drums and guitar. He has performed with a number of groups and has written more than 40 songs. In 2016, he was inducted with the Mourning Glory Rock Band into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. A lifelong Iowan, Joe has a degree in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Jane have six children and live in Dallas County, Iowa.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.74 pounds
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1947305107
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1947305106
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : BookPress Publishing (October 1, 2020)
  • Language: : English