The Pale-Faced Lie

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


Spur Award, Winner, Best Western First Nonfiction Book

Spur Award, Finalist, Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction

IPPY Silver Award, Memoir



“Crow’s work delivers a truthful and ultimately empowering missive about the long shadow cast by an abusive parent.”Publishers Weekly

“For fans of Tara Westover’s EducatedThe Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story is a disturbing yet captivating memoir of how one man’s psychopathic delusions can imprison an entire family . . . an empowering memoir.”New York Journal of Books  

“Crow’s memoir is cinematically gripping. . . . An extraordinary remembrance that’s both gut-wrenching and inspiring.”
Kirkus Reviews 

“A hard-hitting, gut-punch memoir that should be on any reading list about family relationships and abuse, true crime, and Native American culture and interrelationships.”—Midwest Book Review

The Pale-Faced Lie by David Crow is one of the most enlightening and entertaining true stories I have ever read. . . . Every page brings new action and excitement, delivered with easy dialogue and sincerity. If you’re looking for an absorbing and touching read, grab The Pale-Faced Lie today.” 5 STARS —Readers’ Favorite

“A compellingly and graphically written memoir about a supremely dysfunctional family.”— David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal

“Let me tell you, The Pale-Faced Lie is a hard and brilliantly insightful look into dealing with the hand we’re dealt and improving it.” — Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of over 40 novels, including Paradise Sky and Cold in July

“[Crow] has considerable wisdom to impart, and an unexpected ending that will linger in memory. I promise that you’ve never read a book quite like this one.”— Jeff Guinn, New York Times best-selling author

“Heartbreaking and gut-wrenchingly honest. Anyone with a troubled childhood should read The Pale-Faced Lie. David Crow’s book is proof that hope rises from the ashes.”— Chris Enss, New York Times best-selling author

The Pale-Faced Lie is as gripping as some of the best-selling fiction books ever written. David Crow’s amazing true story is hard to read, but even harder to put down. I missed one of my own deadlines because I didn’t want to stop reading!”— Sherry Monahan, award-winning author of The Golden Elixir of the WestTinsel, Tumbleweeds, and Star-Spangled Celebrations; and The Cowboy’s Cookbook

“A memoir of an extraordinary life that is lifted by extraordinary storytelling. . . . It is emotionally engaging, consistently entertaining, and nearly impossible to put down.”— James Anderson, author of The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road

The Pale-Faced Lie is a riveting account of a world turned upside down. A very visual, engaging, and well-written book that will make the reader cringe, cry, and cheer for a boy on a treacherous journey to adulthood. Couldn’t put it down.”— Felix F. Giordano, best-selling author of the Jim Buchanan novels

“A dramatic tale of strength, learning, love, and hate. You won’t be disappointed.”— Mark Reps, author, Zeb Hanks: Small Town Sheriff Big Time Trouble series

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