Death Along the Spirit Road

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First in a new series featuring FBI agent Manny Tanno- a Native American returning to the reservation home he thought he left behind.

The body of local Native American land developer Jason Red Cloud is found on the site for his new resort on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A war club is lodged in his skull-appearing as if someone may have performed a ritual at the crime scene.

FBI Special Agent Manny Tanno arrives in Pine Ridge to find that not ...

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Overview

First in a new series featuring FBI agent Manny Tanno- a Native American returning to the reservation home he thought he left behind.

The body of local Native American land developer Jason Red Cloud is found on the site for his new resort on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A war club is lodged in his skull-appearing as if someone may have performed a ritual at the crime scene.

FBI Special Agent Manny Tanno arrives in Pine Ridge to find that not everything has changed since he left. His former rival, now in charge of the Tribal Police, is just as bitter as ever, and has no intention of making Manny's life easy. And the spirit of Red Cloud haunting Manny's dreams is not much help either, leaving him on his own in hunting down a cold-blooded killer-and one misstep could send him down the spirit road as well..

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Wendelboe's debut, the absorbing first in a new Native American series, introduces FBI special agent Manny Tanno, a former Oglala Sioux tribal cop. When someone buries a war club in the head of Jason Red Cloud, an ambitious developer who put together a coalition of interests to build a resort overlooking the Wounded Knee site on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, Tanno reluctantly leaves his FBI academy teaching job to investigate. Tanno must face the enmity of acting chief Leon "Lumpy" Looks Twice as well as the tribe's distrust of FBI agents rooted in the American Indian Movement fiascos of the 1970s. To complicate matters further, Tanno's brother, Reuben, is a prime suspect. The residual animosities that divided the tribe during AIM's heyday, the awful heritage of the Wounded Knee Massacre, and the plight of the residents of the "poorest county in the nation" form a somber backdrop. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425240021
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Spirit Road Mystery Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 261,151
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

C.M. Wendelboe is a police detective in Wyoming.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    This Native American police procedural is a strong whodunit

    A killer buries a war club into the head of developer Jason Red Cloud, who had the financial backing to build a resort on the Pine Ridge Reservation near the site of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. FBI Academy instructor Manny Tanno is assigned to investigate though he prefers not to do field work anymore.

    A former Oglala Sioux tribal cop, the special agent finds he is unwelcome by the older tribe who never forgot the FBI infiltration in the 1970s American Indian Movement; even some of the younger ones who learned of AIM refuse to cooperate with Tanno. He also has problems with the acting chief Leon "Lumpy" Looks Twice who prefers the "outsider" go back to teaching and from the dead victim whose spirit apparently haunts Tanno's dreams demanding justice. However, the biggest problem confronting Tanno is a conflict of interest when his brother Reuben becomes a viable suspect.

    This Native American police procedural is a strong whodunit because of the powerful backdrop in which Tanno investigates. Readers will observe the poverty on Pine Ridge and the division still haunting the present from the AIM era though over three decades have passed. With the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark serving as an anchor between the late nineteenth century past and the present, readers will appreciate Tanno's efforts to solve the homicide with no local cooperation; in fact many prefer he joins Red Cloud in the spirit world.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    A Good Read

    The lead character in this debut novel is interesting and well-developed. He is a Lakota FBI agent--unusual enough in the FBI that he is frequently used when problems arise on a reservation. In this instance he is sent to South Dakota, to his former home--much against his will. He has too many bitter memories and painful family connections there.

    The author is a retired law enforment officer who worked for many years in South Dakota. His descriptions of the region and its people ring true.

    The story has many twists and kept me guessing. The ending had some surprises; it was, however, very satisfying. I look forward to future books by this author. Many discussions could be generated by this story; relationships between reservations and government; Indian and non-Indian relationships and cultural attitudes are just a few.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2011

    Recommended

    Good first novel, look forward to book # 2,
    You get to know the cast, and can tell there will be more to come!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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