P. G. Karamesines
The Pictograph Murders
On the surface, The Pictograph Murders is a gripping and intricately plotted
murder mystery. In fact, murder is in many ways secondary to the underlying
story. The field of play is more than just the desert in which the story
takes place--it is the totality of the human experience as reflected in the
sometimes uncomfortable coexistence of history, science and myth. The
primary digging is not done in the sand, but rather in the levels of
consciousness that drive and inform us.
At issue here is not the collection of shards and pots unearthed by the
archaeologists, but the clarification of the place of truth in both
scientific and religious endeavors. The conflict between protagonist Alex
McKelvey and the mysterious, malevolent Tony Balbo is one battle in the
larger struggle over the meaning of truth, the place of myth, and whether
religious faith has any relevance to the world of harsh reality.
In the end, The Pictograph Murders challenges the reader to see past the
physical into the realm of the mythic, perhaps the realm of the possible.
The Association for Mormon Letters is proud to present its 2004 Award in the
Novel to this intriguing book.