Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, which have won awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, and the Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award. Her short works have appeared in The Atlantic, the Dallas Morning News, The Louisville Review, Bayou, and many other publications. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Camden and she is a licensed professional engineer. Her 2019 release, Catacombs, explores Oklahoma City, past and present. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing.
What secrets lie deep beneath the surface?
A deafening explosion rocks a historic Oklahoma City hotel, sending archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth crashing to the marble floor of the lobby. She's unhurt but shaken—after all, any time something blows up in Oklahoma City, the first word on everyone's lips is the same: bomb.
Faye is in town for a conference celebrating indigenous arts, but is soon distracted by the aftermath of the explosion, which cracks open the old hotel's floor to reveal subterranean chambers that had housed Chinese immigrants a century before. Faye is fascinated by the tunnels, which are a time capsule back to the early 20th century—but when the bodies of three children are discovered deep beneath the city, her sense of discovery turns to one of dread...