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Author of the novel Bearskin, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in June 2018. Winner of the 2019 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Featured, mentioned, reviewed in The New York Times (4 Writers to WatchBears and PoetsNew Books We Recommend, and Best Crime Fiction), The Washington Post, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and Goodreads. Winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction (Artists of Utah) and finalist for the 2019 Library of Virginia Literary Award in fiction, the 2019 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and the 2019 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

Panther Gap, a novel, was published by Flatiron/Macmillan in April, 2023. An Apple Books Best Book of the Month and an Amazon Editor’s Pick for the Mystery, Thriller & Suspense category.

Rosa Hodges McLaughlin at Chaco Canyon, circa 1997