Fabulous book, fabulous start to the series. The characters, both main and secondary, and even the this-book-only characters, are well developed. The plot is well textured and the scenes between Anna and Reuben are intense! Emmett is awesome, as is anna.
Wow. I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy Tony Hillerman and have enjoyed a previous series by Mitchell about Basques in Nevada, if I recall correctly. In this one, a veteran Comanche BIA cop and a female rookie Modoc FBI agent team up to investigate a murder that turns out to be involved with Indian casinos. The Indian culture and its influence on the thinking of the cops and the bad guys is fascinating.
I also was extremely interested in the setting in the high California desert (a favorite location for Mitchell) and on the Havasupai reservation in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next one in the series to come in the mail--I just ordered it.
Excellent, fast paced, with skilled characterization. I took this book on an airline trip and really did not mind that my plane was delayed, as I was so involved with the book! If you enjoy a well done crime story, with believable and memorable characters, I'd highly recommend this book.
First in the gripping series featuring Anna Turnipseed (Modoc Indian FBI agent) and Emmett Quanah Parker (Comanche BIA agent). Very well written, requires attention or you will miss subtle clues. I am working my way through the series.
This is the first book in a series featuring Anna Turnipseed (Modoc Indian FBI agent) and Emmett Quanah Parker (Comanche BIA agent). Of course this series will draw comparisons to Tony Hillerman. Overall, I enjoyed this one as Parker and Turnipseed look into the brutal murder of a female BLM agent who was found on a remote Havasupai Indian Reservation with her face and teeth removed! This leads on to an inside look at Native American gaming and its affect on the Native American people on the reservations including a powerful influence by the Jamaican mafia. Parker ends up meeting an old nemesis who he had faced at Wounded Knee in South Dakota 10 years earlier and who had kidnapped Turnipseed while she was undercover at a Shoshone casino. Some very tense moments throughout the novel which I would recommend and I will be looking for the next in the series: Spirit Sickness.
The printed review on the front cover states: "Tony Hillerman, watch your back." Well, Tony's dead now, but if he were alive, in my opinion he'd have no worries. His stories were much better than Mitchell's. At least from this, the first book in the series, I've read.
While an interesting story, Mitchell takes on too much. As opponents to the "good guys," he brings in corrupt American Indian police, the Mafia, Jamaican crime syndicates, and some FBI types he needs his hero to outshine. On top of all that, he brings in mystic Indian 'warriors' who are still fighting the "Long Knives."
Hey you guys who like a Native American flavor to your crime mysteries . . . Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and the Thurlos' Ella Clah now have some really good company to help them solve crimes out in the American southwest Indian country. The unlikely duo of a BIA rep (Emmett Quanah Parker) and an FBI agent (Anna Turnipseed) will keep you on the edge of your seat and staying up late at night to finish the story. CRY DANCE is the first novel in the series. It'll hook you as it hooked me!
From back cover: If there's one thing Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigator Emmett Quanah Parker knows, it's that the dead don't always stay dead. With him he carries the ghosts of a partner killed in a botched operation, three failed marriages, and a long affair with the bottle. Brutally murdered and bizarrely mutilated, a woman's corpse is discovered in a remote corner of the Grand Canyon under control of the Havasupai Indian nation. Were the mutilations a clumsy attempt to conceal her identity? A barbaric act of homicidal jealousy? Or a sick twist on an age-old tradition - the taking of a scalp? The answer will determine whether this is a case of vicious murder...or a terrifying new outbreak in a long and bloody conflict. Parker is paired with FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed in a hastily assembled task force of two. They share a mixed Native American ancestry - and little else. But the reluctant partners will have to discover a deeper common ground before this case is over. With Emmett on the outside and Anna working undercover, they swiftly unearth evidence of adultery, bribery, and corruption. Soon Emmett suspects they are being led like Custer into the Little Big Horn - into a killer's trap. Too late, he realizes Anna has become the bait in a desperate battle of wits and strategy in which Parker himself is the ultimate quarry. And at the heart of it are the dead - with history the most lethal weapon of all.
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The dead don't always stay dead. Emmet Quanah Parker knows this and with him he carries the ghosts of a partner killed in action, 3 failed marriages, and a long affair with the bottle. Now he's about to face the most dangerous enemy of his career - one that begins with a body that doesn't stay buried.