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Subject: Native American Detectives Series - How Many?
Date Posted: 2/7/2010 4:45 PM ET
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Tony Hillerman has Longhorn and Chee  and James Doss has the Charlie Moon series. Have just ordered  a Molly Bearpaw  mystery by Jean Hager which looks promising. Found this by reading the posted reviews on  pbs.  Wondering what other Native American Detective series are out there.
 

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 1:27 PM ET
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I know of one, but details escape me...The author's last name is Thurlow, and she writes about a southwestern NA tribe(s), with a female tribal police detective named "Ella" as the main character. There are 6-7 books of them, at least.

And for something unusual, I just read the first of a series that deals with far-north Alaska tribes, I think most often called Innuit altho the book says that's not quite right (eskimo, in non-pc years past). Another cop as main protagonist. The one I read is called "Shaman Pass;"  the author is Stan Jones. I really enjoyed it, largely because the arctic setting is so different, and he writes about it so well; very comparable to Hillerman.

 The NYTimes just very favorably reviewed his newest of the series.



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Date Posted: 2/8/2010 1:32 PM ET
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To correct and add to above:

The authorS are Aimee and David Thurlo (no w), and the series seems to be called the Ella Clah series......a couple of titles are "Coyote's Wife" and "Blackening Song."

I like these a lot because they delve into (but not enough, IMHO) spritual and mystical beliefs of those tribes. Modern-day shamen play big roles.



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Date Posted: 2/8/2010 10:19 PM ET
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Thanks, I put Shaman Pass on the wish list but will probably go searching for a copy. 11 are ahead of me. Will search the Thurlo's also.



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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 5:17 AM ET
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Margaret Coel has a series Wind River, which starts with the book  The Eagle Catcher.   There are 14 books in the series so far.  Many have compared her to Hillerman.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 9:27 AM ET
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I have been getting most of these books at the library because the lists here are so long.

But that gets tricky when you're trying to read a series in order....!

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 1:07 PM ET
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Thanks. Entered Margaret Coel in search and discovered a series with a Father Omally and Arapho Attorney Vicky Holden.  Looks like quite a few . Was able to order one to see .  Also ordered Aimee and David Thurlo book on the Ella Clah series.  Adding Stan Jones to my list for the Nathan Active mysteries . These all look like gems. Wonder how I missed these at the book store?

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 11:32 AM ET
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I very rarely find books at the bookstore, unless they are best-sellers, which I don't read a lot of. The book marketing business would be very discouraging it more people realilzed how brutal it is, and what it takes to get a book placed. And the arctic series above is a small publisher, who probably ca';t afford to pay the fees the bookstores charge.

One good way to find books like this (for me) is to use Amazon's tool, something like "if you liked X book, then you'll probably likethese other books (named)as well."

But it seems I most often just stumble on them at the library, or from reading reviews and sites like this.

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 9:13 PM ET
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There are the Kate Shugak books by Dana Stabenow (Aleut), and the Jane Whitefield novels by Thomas Perry - fromwestern NY, although I've forgotten her tribe. The Jane Whitefield books aren't precisely detective novels as much as they are mystery/adventure.

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 10:49 PM ET
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Thanks. Was able to locate the first of the Jane Whitefield novels by Thomas Perry and ordered a Kate Shugak novel from pbs. Also stumbled onto a website www.mysteryfile.com listing over 70 authors featuring Native American Detectives published from 1933 to 2004. This has been a real eye opener. Never realized there were so may Native American mysteries.