Author Event: Margaret Dardess
In "Brutal Silence" Alex Harrington’s gentile southern world shatters when two strangers drag her from a tourist bus while she’s on vacation in Mexico City. She wakes on a grit-covered cement floor, head throbbing, looking up into the terrified faces of a dozen women and the brutal world of human trafficking.
A champion runner, Alex escapes and returns to run her free clinic in North Carolina, haunted by the faces of the women she was unable to save. When a battered woman seeks refuge at her clinic, only to die moments later, Alex learns that human traffickers don’t only exist in Mexico. They are operating even in her home town, targeting her, and she has no idea why.
Alex wants answers, but when the trail leads back to those she loves the most, she finds that sometimes it’s the most innocent and ordinary places that hide the most terrible secrets.
"Brutal Silence", Margaret Dardess’ debut novel, is a thrill a minute that educates readers about a serious—and seriously overlooked—social problem. Human trafficking is a multibillion dollar criminal industry hidden in plain sight. Margaret will tell how she came to dramatize this issue in her page-turning thriller. Proceeds from Brutal Silence support the efforts of those who work heroically to combat human trafficking.
Margaret is a long-time resident of Chapel Hill. After a career as an academic, attorney and corporate executive she is fulfilling her life-long dream of writing.