Murder on the Red Cliff Rez by Mardi Oakley Medawar

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Karen Charboneau is a respected and, by most standards, successful ceramics artist who is Chippewa and lives on the Red Cliff Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Born and raised there, she is at least as well regarded on the Rez for her superior woodsman skills and is known to one and all as Tracker. Most of the tracking she does, however, involves tourists who've wandered off the paths and gotten lost - people who want desperately to be found.

But the normally quiet Red Cliff Rez is currently rocked by an ever-widening scandal - the widely disliked tribal attorney Judah Boiseneau has been found murdered in his office. Everyone is sure that the man responsible is his cousin, Benny Pelican. But Benny has disappeared into the reservation - and as someone who knows the land, he won't be easy to find. With the Tribal Chairman leaning on him to resolve the case quickly, the local B.I.A. agent and the Bayfield County Sheriff department breathing down his neck, reservation Police Chief David Lameraux has to turn to the only person he's sure can find the missing suspect - Tracker.

Nothing is as simple as it appears, however, and it's going to take all of the combined skill, knowledge and luck of Lameraux and Tracker if they are to have any chance of resolving this perplexing murder.

 

About Mardi Oakley Medawar

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Mardi Oakley Medawar is an Indian activist, a consultant for HONOR (Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights) as well as being the Red Cliff Representative for TRIAD (Team Response: Indians Against Defamation). She speaks at reservation schools and colleges. She is the author of several novels and lives on the Red Cliff Reservation in Northern Wisconsin.
 
Published June 14, 2002 by Minotaur Books. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The year is 1867, and the Kiowahs, among other Indian tribes, are sending representatives to a meeting with US Government bigwigs and their soldier escort at Medicine Lodge, Oklahoma.

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When word comes that Benny’s disappeared deep into the swampy woods of the reservation, David enlists his former girlfriend Karen Charboneau, a potter known as Tracker, to use her considerable skills to help find him.

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The deeper Tracker and Lameraux dig into the murder, the more certain they are that the logging is somehow connected—and they become even more sure when a second body turns up.

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"Murder on the Red Cliff Rez" is the fifth novel for the author, a Cherokee from North Carolina currently living on the reservation on which the mystery is set.

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Everyone seems to spend time either screaming at each other or loudly whispering (there are lots of passages about how someone is whispering but everyone hears it.) If the "everyone knows everyone's business" part of this book is supposed to be charming, it's not.

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Desperate to find the missing suspect, David aversely turns to his former girlfriend Karen Charbonau for help because only someone with the skill of the Tracker (as she is known by all) would have a chance to find Benny.

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