Cry from an Unknown Grave
OverviewA late-night cry for help from a teenage girl puts Tony Harrington and his colleagues at a small-town newspaper onto the trail of a ring of human traffickers. The girl's description of the horrors she and others have endured, fuel the determination of Tony and fellow journalist Madeline Mueller to find and stop the wicked people who are enslaving and abusing children. Then, when one of the young victims is found buried in a shallow grave close to home, the chase escalates to fever pitch, with county, state and federal investigators joining in the hunt. What Tony and Madeline don't realize is that, as they grow closer to finding the victims and their captors, they have attracted the attention of the perpetrators. The people willing to subject children to unspeakable tortures, now have added the two young reporters to their list of intended victims. Despite the danger and the limited resources of the Orney, Iowa, Town Crier, Tony, Madeline and Editor Ben Smalley are undeterred, determined to find and save a group of missing children, before another young life is lost forever. The chase takes them throughout the Midwest, from Iowa to Chicago, to Kansas City, and on to a terrifying and potentially mortal end. This second Tony Harrington mystery-thriller by Joseph LeValley draws on today's heart-wrenching headlines regarding the pervasiveness and egregiousness of human trafficking. LeValley again creates a story with compelling characters and all the elements of a "must-read" thriller: drama, action, romance, tragedy, villains and heroes. Join Tony and his friends and colleagues on this epic adventure, as they risk everything to save a group of children they've never seen.
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.