Eye of the Raven by Eliot Pattison
A Mystery of Colonial America

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With the aid of the Indian Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. But his new life is shattered when he and Conawago discover a dying Virginian officer nailed to an Indian shrine tree. To their horror, the authorities arrest Conawago and schedule his hanging. As Duncan begins a desperate search for the truth, he finds himself in a maelstrom of deception and violence. The year is 1760, and while the British army wishes to dismiss the killing as another casualty of its war with France, Duncan discovers a pattern of ritualistic murders that have less to do with the war than with provincial treaty negotiations and struggles between tribal factions. Ultimately he realizes that to find justice, he must brave the sprawling colonial capital of Philadelphia. There the answers are to be found in a tangle of Quakers, Christian Indians, and a scientist obsessed with the electrical experiments of the celebrated Dr. Franklin. With the tragic resolution in sight, Duncan understands the real mysteries underlying his quest lie in the hearts of natives who, like his Highland Scots, have glimpsed the end of their world approaching.
 

About Eliot Pattison

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Eliot Pattison is the author of The Skull Mantra, which won the Edgar Award and was a finalist for the Gold Dagger, as well Water Touching Stone and Bone Mountain. Pattison is a world traveler and frequent visitor to China, and his numerous books and articles on international policy issues have been published around the world.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Counterpoint. 400 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Few writers can combine history and mystery as well as Edgar-winner Pattison, as shown in the sequel to 2007's Bone Rattler , which introduced Duncan McCallum, a Scot who becomes an unlikely detective in 18th-century North America.

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Review: Set in 1760 in the Pennsylvania wilderness, Scotsman Duncan McCallum and his friend Conawago, a Nipmuc shaman, are traveling down the ancient Warriors Path when they come upon a man, who they later learn is from Virginia, mortally wounded, his hand nailed to a tree, in Eye of the Raven, t...

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