Second in series, Mitch Bushyhead, chief of police.
From back of paperback.
At least, according to anyone with a motive to kill the wealthy, arrogant owner of the new resort lodge in Buckskin, Oklahoma. And that meant just about everybody.
The lodge was built on an ancient Indian graveyard, and the Indian employees are convinced Thornton's murder is the vengeful act of a night walker, a Cherokee witch. Chief Mitch Bushyhead, however, believes whoever tampered with Thornton's insulin was very human. His list of suspects seems endless; disgruntled employees, a vindictive ex-wife, a hateful sister, the lover Thornton was blackmailing.
Then a second murder leads Bushyhead to a web of secrets, lies and hidden depravations....and a killer's desperate final act that hits perilously close to home.
A good mystery ....The mistress of Graham Thornton, wealthy hotelier of Buckskin, Okla., discovers his frozen corpse in her car. Although the body is unmarked, Police Chief Mitchell Bushyhead (who debuted in Grandfather Medicine ) is called in to investigate. Learning that Thornton, a diabetic, was murdered by a lethal dosage of insulin, Bushyhead is confronted with a growing list of suspects, from Thornton's estranged wife to his battered mistress to his exploited employees. The Native American staff believe that Thornton was murdered by a night walker, a Cherokee witch, because he built the hotel on an Indian cemetery. Bushyhead, half Cherokee himself, knows the murderer is very human. Just when he thinks he's closing in on the killer, an even grislier crime derails his investigation. As one of the characters quotes Mark Twain, "Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody." Alive with believable characters, this mystery also offers interesting information about the Cherokee nation.