The Pale-Faced Lie

The Pale-Faced Lie

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his 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, and even murder.

A shrewd con artist, 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 homeless and destitute. 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 refuse his father’s criminal demands, 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.

Title:The Pale-Faced Lie
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780997487176
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    The Pale-Faced Lie Reviews

  • Bill

    This book is just as amazing as the author who wrote it. David is a life long friend - since we sat together in 7th period Science at Kensington Junior High over 50 years ago. David was always a good ...

  • Theresa Alan

    This is a heartbreaking, utterly riveting memoir. The writing is absolutely fantastic. Crow describes growing up under circumstances I cannot image surviving. With an abusive father and mentally distu...

  • Paul Wohkittel

    I know Dave personally and have worked with him professionally. Over the years we've attended social events, sporting events, business meetings, and have golfed together. In the course of our conversa...

  • ABookwormWithWine

    I want to start by saying how happy I am that David Crow decided to share his story and write The Pale-Faced Lie. As someone who also had a difficult childhood (although the craziness ended for me whe...

  • Tedmunds

    An amazing true story about a boys journey to survive and ultimately succeed dispite a horrific childhood. Raised by a monster of a father, the author overcame incredible hardships growing up on the N...

  • Kathy Brackin

    Based on true events of a family ...

  • David Sandum

    I was drawn into this book from page one. The memoir is well written, but it is his honesty that throws the biggest punch. You truly walk and feel with Mr Crow for the duration, a testimony that you a...

  • Heather  Lou Reads

    This was a powerful memoir of David Crow's life. Though hard to read at time due to the extreme abuse that was being recalled, this story is important. Some of it is hard to believe, but being someone...

  • Paige

    Parts of the memoir are crazy and unbelievable that this happened....

  • Martin H.

    I can't fully comment about my reactions and emotions to David's autobiography. I have known him for 40 plus years as a Sigma Chi brother and close friend. I cannot write all I want to about my reacti...