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The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story

A violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this unforgettable memoir about family and survival

“Cinematically gripping.”—Kirkus Reviews

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.

A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her with nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.

Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

The Pale-Faced Lie is a searing, raw, palpable memoir that reminds us what an important role our parents play in our lives. Most of all, it’s an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity, no matter the cost.

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Anonymous says:

Buy It, Read it in one (or two) sittings, pass it along to a friend… It’s a little past 4:00 in the morning and it’s time to go to work. I got exactly three hours of sleep last night. Why, you might ask? Because I decided to read a couple pages of The Pale Faced Lie before turning in and wound up reading the last two-thirds of the book completely unable to put it down. Just when you think that David Crow’s improbable drama couldn’t twist and turn any further, it does and leaves you completely agape. I’ll be completely honest – David is a friend and colleague,…

Anonymous says:

Incredible Read I experienced every emotion while reading this book. Sympathy, empathy, surprise, disbelief, and support are a few of feelings while following this full-life coming of age saga. The fact that it is a true story answers some of my questions of why some people turn out like they are, but makes me appreciate the people who have overcome incredible obstacles in life to succeed, move on, and forgive. This book had me cringing at some of the experiences the author had, empathize with some of his…

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