ON THE RED CLIFF REZ
By Mardi Oakley Medawar
St Martins Press - June 2002
ISBN:0312029938X - Hardcover
Mystery / Contemporary
Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer,
When Judah Boiseneau, the tribal attorney of the Red Cliff Reservation is found murdered, the prime suspect is Benny Peliquin, the man who had quarreled with Judah, and who was having an affair with his wife.
Because of Federal law, Red Cliff Police Chief David Lameraux has to call in the local Bayfield Police Department with its newest officer, Michael Bjorke, whose uncle is the lieutenant governor. Michael is unused to Indian ways and goes by the book.
When Benny comes up missing, David is forced to enlist the aid of Karen Charboneau, a successful ceramic artist who has returned to the reservation. She was trained from childhood by Benny, who is one of the best Indian trackers. David knows that Karen, known as The Tracker, is the best and, knowing Benny, will be able to find him. David and Karen had once dated, but since the breakup have been at odds with each other. The situation becomes more intense when there is another murder and they discover that the sacred wood stand which was never to be felled has been completely cut down.
The action is swift, the dialogue
humorous. This is a well-written narrative with a view into the lives
of the population on the Reservation, their problems and way of life.
The account of the tracking is especially graphic. The suspense is maintained
throughout with the final solution a surprise.
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