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by Scott Graham

September 2021 | Mystery | 978-1-948814-46-1 | 220 pp | $16.95 

When suspicious deaths befall a whitewater rafting expedition through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park, archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family recognize evil intent lies behind the tragedies. They must risk their lives and act before the murderer makes an already deadly journey on the Colorado River through Utah's red rock wilderness even deadlier—or turns on them instead.



SCOTT GRAHAM is the author of the acclaimed National Park Mystery series, featuring archaeologist Chuck Bender and Chuck’s spouse Janelle Ortega. In addition to the National Park Mystery series, Scott is the author of five nonfiction books, including Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. He has made a living as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, radio disk jockey, and coal-shoveling fireman on the steam-powered Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. He lives with his spouse, who is an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado. 

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"In Canyonlands Carnage we visit a remote park, experience the thrills and terrors of whitewater rafting on its waters, mourn the death of an elderly scientist (hint: not a natural death), and get a huge bonus: a thoughtful and informative review of water policies and allocations in our drought-stricken Southwest. Phoenix is, as archaeologist Chuck Bender, the series lead, points out, the city most endangered by current policies.” 
BARBARA PETERS, The Poisoned Pen


Canyonlands Carnage, Scott Graham’s gripping seventh National Park Mystery, offers thrills and spills and an insidiously vindictive killer on a whitewater rafting trip through notorious Cataract Canyon, deep in the red-rock heart of one of America’s most spectacular national parks. A breathtaking ride.”
KEVIN FEDARKO, author of The Emerald Mile


“From the exhilarating whitewater opening to the satisfying ending, Scott Graham’s latest outing in his National Park Mystery series, Canyonlands Carnage, is a confluence of thrills, history, and mystery as twisty as the Colorado River.”
MICKI BROWNING, Agatha Award finalist and author of Shadow Ridge

“Outdoor enthusiasts, environmentalists, and history buffs will all find something that satisfies in Canyonlands Carnage. Graham beautifully captures what it's like to navigate the rapids—the danger, the thrill, the skill required—while also painting a vivid picture of the region’s myriad natural wonders.”

"Packed with glorious description of America's most remote national park, Graham's knowledge of whitewater rafting is detailed and intimate, bringing readers along for the tumultuous ride that is Canyonlands Carnage. This is one of Graham’s best."

“This one's for those who care deeply about environmental policy in the American West.”


Cover art by David Jonason

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