Shaman Pass by Stan Jones

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Alaska State Trooper Nathan Active is regarded as “half-white” by the Inupiats of the village where he is stationed. He was born in Chukchi but was adopted by Anglos and raised in Anchorage. Now he is called upon to investigate the murder of a tribal leader who was stabbed to death with an antique harpoon, which had been recently returned to the community under the Indian Graves Act.

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About Stan Jones

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\Stan Jones is a native of Alaska, where he has worked as an award-winning journalist and bush pilot. He is the author of three previous mysteries in the acclaimed Nathan Active series.
Published January 1, 2005 by Soho Crime. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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So now Nathan finds himself trekking to the far reaches to catch up with the man who probably purloined the mummy, probably harpooned the curator, and probably intends to kill Nathan should he ever complete his journey.

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In Jones's stirring, often moving second mystery (after 1999's White Sky, Black Ice), set in Northwest Alaska, trooper Nathan Active must solve the theft of a sacred Inupiat mummy.

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Active, who is considered half white by the villagers because his birth mother, a 15 year old girl, gave him to the white schoolteachers of Chukchi who moved to Anchorage and brought him up there, finds he has to learn more about his heritage and the history of his people in order to solve both t...

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maybe Active (or Jones) shows a little too much respect, but it's still cool to hear the stories of "before the whites came" and to learn about how people live, so I'm willing to put up with that;

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