Here's what the judges of the 2012 "Best Books of Indiana" contest had to say about Safely Buried. The contest was sponsored by the Indiana State Library. Set in the low hills of southern Indiana, Safely Buried is a riveting mystery featuring newspaper reporter Phil Larrison, whose well-intended act of kindness soon lands him in a tangled web of murder and corruption. Author John Pesta gracefully balances strong character and plot development with an action-packed storyline. Though a first-time author, Pesta's background in journalism is readily apparent through his immense storytelling ability that rivals that of seasoned mystery writers.