Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed The Stick Game : A Montana Mystery Featuring Gabriel Du Pre (Montana Mysteries (Hardcover)) on
Gabriel Du Pre is uncovering the dirty secrets of an industrial gold mine and searching for a troubled teenage boy. At a trading fair in rural Montana, Du Pre and his longtime love Madelain run into Jeanne now worries about the disappearance of her sixteen-year-old son, Danny. Meanwhile, Du Pre befriends a musician from Fort Belknap Reservation who introduces him to disturbing parallels between the huge incidence of birth defects in the Indian population there and the activities of the persephone gold mine located near the reservation. With some reluctance, Du Pre agrees to look into both problems.
But then Danny's body is found in a well, and Du Pre discovers a link between the boy's life and what goes on at Fort Belknap. Working with a doctor who's long been concerned about Persephone's practices, Du Pre dangerously confronts the indifference and recklessness of the industrial mine.
gsisk reviewed The Stick Game : A Montana Mystery Featuring Gabriel Du Pre (Montana Mysteries (Hardcover)) on + 165 more book reviews
Indians are becoming sick, due to heavy metal poisoning which originates from a mining company's injection well. Gabriel DuPre is a brand inspector and charged by his girlfriend (whose cousin's children are affected) to find out what is going on.
The story consists of a lot of cliches (white man destroys Indian land, two guys who keep fighting, but who are actually best friends, the philanthropic millionaire in the background, the scientists who are outraged by the practices of the mining company), but the characterizations and - at times - the prose is nice. Imitating the manner in which the Metis Indians speak was rather off-putting to me, because it interrupts the flow of reading; I often had to re-read sentences to get their meaning. It might be an accurate portrayal of how they speak, but doesn't "do" it for me. The main character feels as if he is how the author would like to be perceived.
What I did appreciate was the description of the Indian stick game towards the end, something which was new to me.
It is more instructive of a way of life rather than a mystery.
All in all: not bad, but because of the dialect I will not be reading any more of this series.