SANCTUARY JACKET/COVER NOTES
On an isolated road in the California desert, tabloid reporter Matt Teller is returning from a futile search for a two-headed dog when his headlights pick out a strange shape in the road. Lashed to a metal cot is a mutilated corpse, freshly killed. For Teller, a veteran of too many searches for animal oddities, it's a sensational scoop, a chance to make it off the pet page and onto the front page, nothing more, until he returns to the scene and finds no trace of the crime.
In the remote highlands of Guatemala, ex-baseball great Bill Buchanon is scouting his salvation from booze and the bush leagues. He needs one sensational discovery to get him back to the big time, and he's got a tip about an Indian kid with an unbelievable arm. When Buchanon finds the young pitcher, the kid disappears without a trace, but the scout gets a consolation prize: the kid's pitching arm in an athletic bag.
Matt Teller and Bill Buchanon have begun a journey into the horrifying world of murder, conspiracy, and mysticism, a journey which will link their experiences to a sinister snare of bloody ritual and genocide on both sides of the border, while making them unlikely partners in a frantic bid for survival. A lot of innocent people are slated for death as they become inextricably entangled in an underground railroad and a centuries-old prophecy with the power to destroy.
--Original Doubleday hardcover edition jacket notes
A false tip about a two-headed shar-pei drew tabloid reporter Matt Teller into the California desert. But instead of the dog, he found a mutilated corpse lashed to a cot. It was the scoop of a lifetime, and Teller thought he had finally found a way off the pet page-until the body vanished.
Soon Teller found himself involved with an underground railroad rescuing Guatemalan peasants, a boozing ex-baseball great named Buchanon and an ancient Mayan curse that threatened to end his less-than-distinguished career as a junk journalist.
There was no escape for Teller no...SANCTUARY.
--Original Leisure Book paperback edition cover notes
SANCTUARY PUBLISHING HISTORY
SANCTUARY was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1989 (ISBN: 0-385-24487-8). The mass paperback published by Leisure Books, Dorchester Publishing came out in 1991 (ISBN: 0-8439-3018-7). An eBook was released by Doubleday on June 15, 2011 (ISBN: 978-0-307-80172-2).
"DeSario is a miracle worker... There's too much in Sanctuary for any author to pull off cleanly... yet DeSario makes it all sing...The violence is as sharp as the humor, and each brutal twist certifies the author's dexterity, cunning, and audacious weirdness...DeSario swings for the fences and knocks it clear out of the park." --Booklist (Starred Review, 2011)
"The blend is violent, exciting and quite satisfying!" --Chicago Tribune
"Fast and funny!" --New York Daily News
"A series of perplexing and usually grisly murders...Fast, nervy and funny, with deadly underpinnings." --Kirkus
"One of the most unrelievedly brutal and convincing mysteries of the last decade!" --California Magazine
"DeSario shows a sure knowledge of Guatemala and its history; the sanctuary movement run by American religious groups; the lower rungs of baseball scouting." --Publishers Weekly