justice. mercy. redemption 

    Quinny's father lay on the frozen snow-covered ground bleeding to death from a gunshot wound to his neck.  Hours earlier, the storm passed over the White Mountains of East Central Arizona heading towards New Mexico. With no clouds in the sky, the cold was biting, cutting. Every labored breath froze his lungs. Even the pathetic fire struggled for life.

    She slowly approached him. "Come with me," she said.

    "No, no! I can't. I can't leave Quinny."

    "It's your time."

    "No, please. Not yet. Quinny needs me. Please!"

    The beating sound of a helicopter's blades drew his attention away from the woman for just a moment. A spot light from the helicopter locked on as troops encircled him. When he looked back, she was gone.

    "He's bleeding! He's dying! He needs medical treatment immediately!" said one of the surrounding officers.

    A handcuff dangled from his wrist like a bracelet, one end attached to nothing but a mystery.


The one who started it all.


The fallen father, just trying to protect his son.


The one in the wrong place at the wrong time 

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Frank Banashley Sr.



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Littleton, CO 80123 

Kirkus Review


Thank you Kirkus for the recommendation!

A debut true crime book tells the story of a sudden murder that changes the lives of a Native American father and son.

“Native American Apache legends pass down from father-to-son across centuries,” Hutcheson begins ominously. “Of all those teachings, traditions, and legends, the ‘Legend of the Woman’ is the one they fear the most. Her presence means someone is about to die.” According to the author, there was a beautiful Apache woman sitting in the back seat of the truck as Frank “Wakado” Banashley and his son, Quinten, drove around the vicinity of Hawley Lake in Whiteriver, Arizona, on Dec. 8, 1999. Wakado—who had recently started drinking again after 16 years and whose marriage to Quinny’s mother was quickly falling apart—didn’t want his son to steal snacks from the local convenience store when they find it empty with its door ajar, but he didn’t stop the 17-year-old from doing so. A little while later, they were pulled over by Apache Reservation Police Department Officer Tenny Gatewood, a friend of Wakado’s from boyhood. Despite their friendship, over the course of the interaction both Wakado and Tenny were shot—the latter fatally. For this, Wakado was sentenced to 42 years for second-degree murder. It was inside the prison that he met Hutcheson, a fellow inmate, and decided to tell him what happened that fateful day as well as in the years before and after. It is the stirring story of a man who would do anything for his family, especially his son. The author’s prose tells the tale from Wakado’s perspective, summoning the man’s emotional trauma with stark images: “Deep in Wakado’s soul, those wounds remained suppressed for two decades, and the time had come for them to be free. The small emotional moment with” a faithful friend “caused a seismic event in Wakado that allowed his secret to ooze to the surface like hot magma.” Hutcheson does his best to give the story an intriguing shape, jumping back and forth through time and ending chapters with Cliffhangers. 

Hilary Ferguson, Educator

 “Quinny” is a heart-wrenching story about love and sacrifice.  A page turner that broadens perspectives and deepens understanding.

John Lamar Jenkins, (PhD candidate) Keynote Speaker / Author /Life & Business Coach

The words in this book have changed the trajectory of my ability to do better, be better and most of all to understand Sacrifice and Forgiveness. 

Dr. Lee Ofner

 Quinny is a beautiful, true-life story of redemption, rescue, sacrifice, restoration, and forgiveness. Matthew Hutcheson keeps you riveted to this tender, sad story, but provides hope, as well. A possibility is a hint from God. The story has been told.

Anthony Whitecloud, Former United States Marine

  This book inspired me and touched my heart. There is nothing more noble and beautiful than a father's love for his son. I hope everyone will read this special book.

Jay Inman, US Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, CEO of AreULost Publishing

The best stories have friction. This one possesses a lot. Even more important in this story are the elements of redemption, grace, and people giving up their lives for the sake of others.

Dr. Nelly Barreto

A moving tale about a father and son filled with joy, tragedy, sacrifice, and hope. This story gives insight into the prison system and the Native American’s struggles on and off the reservation. Quinny is a book that you experience as you read. 

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