Death on the Greasy Grass

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FBI agent Manny Tanno is taking some much needed R and R at the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn. But when a death on the reservation cuts his vacation short, he learns that the secrets of the past have a way of stirring up trouble in the present.
 
As a scout for the legendary General Custer, Crow tribe member Levi Star Dancer kept a journal chronicling his exploits from the Battle of the Greasy Grass onward. Now, the missing journal...

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Overview

FBI agent Manny Tanno is taking some much needed R and R at the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn. But when a death on the reservation cuts his vacation short, he learns that the secrets of the past have a way of stirring up trouble in the present.
 
As a scout for the legendary General Custer, Crow tribe member Levi Star Dancer kept a journal chronicling his exploits from the Battle of the Greasy Grass onward. Now, the missing journal has been found and the descendents of those mentioned in the account, including Levi’s own, want to keep their family secrets hidden at all costs…
 
Manny’s trip to the Crow Agency Reservation turns out to be ill timed when a reenactor of the Battle of Little Big Horn is killed right in front of him. It turns out the victim was the one who found Levi Star Dancer’s famed diary and was planning on selling it to the highest bidder. And while the dead body is hard to miss, the coveted book is nowhere to be found. Now, Manny has to watch his back while searching for a murderer and the missing journal, because this slippery killer will do anything to make sure the past stays buried.

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Publishers Weekly
This complex procedural, Wendelboe’s third outing for Manny Tanno (after 2012’s Where the Bad Rocks Live) takes the Lakota FBI agent to Crow country. Manny and his tribal cop buddy, Willie With Horn, have traveled to Montana to watch a Little Big Horn reenactment, but end up on the case after Harlan White Bird, local auctioneer and participant, is shot and killed during the “battle.” Willie returns home to the Pine Ridge Reservation, trying to chase down a re-enactor captured on camera loading the responsible firearm with live ammunition. Manny, meanwhile, stays behind to investigate the murder and the possibly related disappearance of a valuable historical document, a Crow scout’s eyewitness account of Little Big Horn. Wendelboe’s years in law enforcement lend verisimilitude to his writing, and the banter between characters adds humor. Fans of Native American mysteries will welcome this new tale. Agent: Bill Contardi, Brandt & Hochman Literary. (June)
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A vacation visit leads to a nasty murder case for FBI agent Manny Tanno. Manny and his police officer friend Willie With Horn, of the Pine Ridge Reservation, are enjoying the Real Bird Little Big Horn Reenactment on the Crow Agency Reservation when one of the re-enactors is shot. Although it looks like an accident, someone has been caught on tape changing the blanks for real ammunition, making it a case for Manny. What first appears to be simple gets very complicated as the bodies pile up. Local auctioneer Harlan White Bird had been given the fabulous Beauchamp collection of Native American artifacts to sell. The most valuable item in the collection is the journal of Levi Star Dancer, a scout for Custer. Now, Harlan is dead, and the journal is missing, along with Harlan's drinking buddy, Vietnam vet Sam Star Dancer. Sam's sister Chenoa is not only a wealthy rancher, but a stunning woman whose image has been used in many Montana publicity campaigns. Chenoa's husband, Cubby, may be a former rodeo star, but that evidently doesn't keep Chenoa from an affair with Wilson Eagle Bull, a powerful Lakota with political ambitions. Another missing pal of Harlan's and Sam's who turns up dead is Itchy, a meth-addicted Crow. When yet another body is found in Sam's burned-out house, Chenoa is more concerned with recovering the journal, which contains information potentially damaging to both her and Eagle Bull, than with the death of her alcoholic brother. Once Willie is shot while looking for the killer, Manny doesn't care whose toes he steps on to uncover the truth. The third action-packed case for Manny (Death Where the Bad Rocks Live, 2012, etc.) teems with historical interest, even if you're not a re-enactor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425263259
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Manny Tanno Series , #3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 243,696
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

C. M. Wendelboe is a retired lawman. He began his law enforcement career shortly after his discharge from the Marines. In the 1970s, he worked in South Dakota towns bordering three Indian reservations, including Pine Ridge.
 

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