Don't Think Twice by Wayne Johnson

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Deep in the magnificent landscape of northwest Minnesota, near the Chippewa reservation where he grew up, Paul Two Persons owns a resort lodge on fourteen thousand acres of pristine forests and lakes. Haunted by the death of his young son and his disintegrating relationship with his beautiful wife, Paul is on the verge of losing the land he loves due to an unpaid loan to his childhood friend Al.
        
When he is called on to identify Al's body at the morgue, he knows his troubles have just begun. Not only are shady developers eyeing his property with escalating delight, but his best friend is putting moves on his mourning wife, and he's getting the dizzying sense that these occurrences are related to his son's death and Al's "suicide."
        
It's not just the fire that damages half the lodge or the potshots that somebody takes at him on a dark night; it's the left boot missing from Al's body and the Chippewa burial markings misplaced on his dead friend's flesh. These oddities lead Paul into a staggering game of deceit and murder even as his family and friends go to great lengths to save him.
        
Wayne Johnson has crafted a complex novel propelled by the mysterious circumstances of a man's downfall and the pride and misfortunes of his people. This riveting literary thriller captures the soul of a people and the beauty of their land, while calculating the price of true friendship and the enduring power of love.
 

About Wayne Johnson

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Wayne Johnson grew up in the northern lakes region of Minnesota and on the White Earth and Red Lake reservations. He was a Teaching-Writing Fellow of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is a recipient of the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Story, among others, and has been featured in collections including Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Norton Anthology of Literature. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
 
Published June 7, 1999 by Harmony. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The elements of a potentially strong mystery--a character with a troubled past, a puzzling murder and shady business dealings--are present in Johnson's debut, but the novel, although beautifully writt

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Many details--how Paul is keeping the resort financially afloat, for example--are missing from the story, and too many important plot elements are simply handed to Paul (in one scene, a woman, unprompted, unravels much of the mystery for him).

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