Johny returns to Concho to attend his best friend's wedding. But Joey, a bird naturalist, the son of Juanito, known as The Almighty, was found with a cracked skull 500
feet down the mountain. Johnny doesn't believe it was an accident and is determined to find his killer. In small towns, however, secrets tend to either seep out slowly; or with a big bang and you wonder who wanted to silence Joey the Bird. Soon, more deaths and the news suspects a serial killer might be on the lose. Johnny's sister disappeared 20 years before, and Concho never gave up it's secret. Would Johnny find her, and can he find Joey's Killer. The Apaches believe the birds and the
spirits might lead him to the killer because they watch and follow. Unusual crows have learned to mimic
Johnny's click of the camera. They seem to be pointing to the suspects at the funeral, who may just try to stop Johnny from learning the truth.
About the author
Kareena Maxwell is an award winning author having placed first two categories in The Apache County Fair in adult fiction, "Finding Juanito," (a short story), and the adult non fiction, "The God of My Shoes" in September 2014. I am also the author of three other books, and I have two columns; The Apache County Neighborhoods Examiner, and The Upper East Side Examiner. I have been published in many literary journals and was a reporter for Health & Diet Times in New York City.
How the story, “Finding Juanito” found me
Two years ago, when I moved to the White Mountains in Arizona, I couldn’t stop
picking up fat, red rocks, with markings that were tattooed by American Indians
hundreds of years ago. I reached for different sized triangle shaped stones that
I hoped were arrowheads that were chiseled away by a Navajo or Apache Indian.
The tools that they sculpted to kill animals for food intrigued my imagination.
Then, there were the stars in the blackest nights that seemed so close I wanted
to grab them. They flickered as if they were waiting for me to do so. Nature, in
its determination and confidence, surrounded me as if royalty in the universe
had opened a door and invited me in. I walked through the portal and found
Juanito. Juanito, an aging Mexican, who had the benefit of a loving family, with
the early conflicts in his life that any boy could have.
The hills and Cinder Mountain in Concho, Arizona, I believe, hold secrets and
mysteries that I couldn’t stop thinking of. This area has one-hundred year old
mud homes that were built by migrant farm workers with dirt floors that tilt
into the sunlight. Concho has people from Mexico, who live in single and double
wide homes. It also has Mormon families that came from Utah for religious
I kept thinking of a man who was loved so much by his Mexican mother that she
called him “The Almighty.” Juanito, the Almighty, kept showing up in dialogue
and conflict so I wrote the short story, “Finding Juanito,” entered it into the
Apache County Fair in September, 2014 and it won First Place for adult fiction.
Juanito wasn’t finished with me exploring his life and I wanted to know more,
hence “Finding Juanito, the first novel from the trilogy, “The Birds of Concho.”
Juanito, and other characters in the mystical land of Concho, pulled me into the
musk, and the losses experienced by the residents of this small town in the
second poorest county in America, Apache County. “Finding Juanito,” is a story
about the struggles and the gifts in one man’s life if he was willing to see
Kareena Maxwell's Book Signing
June 15th, 2015
Yesterday's book signing at Books n Treasures in Show Low was so
wonderful. It was especially moving as frinds like "Gary" who walks
his dog Toby on the path Bill and I take each day, and Carl Dye the
local accountant showed up. I love you all for showing up including
Corinne Ruiz of the White Mountain Independent to take pictures, my
brother in law, Ev Lightcap who drove over one hundred miles to get
there, my wonderful Bill who encourages, supports and understands
the journey on many levels, "Finding Juanito",