Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Gwen Florio

Lola Wicks is a journalist – currently for a small publication in Magpie, Montana, but formerly with a major outlet with international credentials embedded in Afghanistan. She likes it in Magpie where she lives with her Native American husband Charlie and their daughter Margaret near the Blackfeet Reservation. So Charlie practically has to drag her into the car to get her to take a vacation to visit his brother’s family on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Just before their arrival, a bombing occurs near a billboard that sang the praises of a controversial coal mine on reservation land that resulted in the death of a tribal elder. Another bombing, this time of a coal company truck, has everyone thinking that it’s eco-terrorism. Lola can’t resist a little investigating on her own – initially as a distraction from her somewhat unfriendly in-laws. But soon she can’t escape the feeling that they are somehow involved and that she and her own family are in danger.

I‘d give this book four stars. The author really captures the geography, conditions, and culture of life on the reservation so if you like to choose books based on a sense of place this has it in spades. The story seems timely with similar issues facing the use of native lands in the news these days, and the mystery is fast-paced right up to the devastating conclusion.

I didn’t realize that this was the fourth book in a series when I picked it up – I’m usually pretty careful to start a series at the beginning. I didn’t suffer from not knowing the backstory though, and I will definitely be going back to read the others. Check our catalog.

Sue A., Reference

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