Eye of the Raven: A Mystery of Colonial America

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"With the aid of the Native American shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. But his recovery 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

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Overview

"With the aid of the Native American shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. But his recovery 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. Benjamin Franklin." With the tragic resolution in sight, Duncan understands that 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.

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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. In 1760, McCallum and his close friend, Conawago, a Jesuit-trained member of the Nipmuc tribe, stumble into a case with potentially far-reaching repercussions for a peace treaty between the Iroquois and the British. When the pair find a prominent Virginia militia commander, Winston Burke, nailed to a tree with a gear wheel stuck in his chest, Conawago becomes a suspect in the man's murder. Burke turns out to be but the latest victim of a killer who's targeted surveyors sent to map the Pennsylvania wilderness. While Burke's vengeful friends are eager for swift frontier justice, McCallum works frantically to uncover the truth. Evocative language, tight plotting, and memorable characters make this a standout. (Jan.)
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Praise for Bone Rattler

“Pattison's moving characters, intricate plot and masterful evocation of the time, including sensitive depictions of the effects of the European war on Native Americans, set this leagues beyond most historicals and augur well for future entries in this series.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Dark, complex and compelling in mystery, historical, and spiritual considerations, the reader wonders along with Duncan whether the New World will see oppression extended or explode in a new burst of freedom.” —Historical Novels Review

Praise for The Inspector Shan series

“A thriller of laudable aspirations and achievements." —The Chicago Tribune

“A rich and multilayered story that mirrors the complexity of the surrounding land, where few things really are as they seem.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Pattison has taken a plot of an old-fashioned thriller and turned it into a glimpse into a culture . . . Thrilling and riveting.” —Denver Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582437019
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 439,578
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    This is a superb Colonial American mystery

    In 1760 thanks mostly to his new friend Nipmuc tribal Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to move past the British massacre of his clan back in Scotland. Traveling together, they find the corpse of affluent Virginia militia commander Winston Burke nailed to a tree with a gear wheel buried into his chest. Because he is an Indian, local Pennsylvanian Colony authorities suspect Conawago killed Burke; who is not the first victim to die this way, as other surveyors have also been brutally killed.

    The colonial authorities and the British military leaders assume someone opposed to a treaty between the Iroquois and the British is the culprit, which enhances the belief Conawago is the killer. Still they write it off as another death due to the war with the French. However Burke's outraged cronies demand immediate justice, colonial style. They do not require a trial to hang Conawago which leaves it to McCallum to rush his investigation in order to save the life of his friend.

    This is a superb Colonial American mystery due to a powerful cast who brings the era alive especially not widely known tidbits all inside a terrific whodunit. The story line grips the audience from the opening act as Duncan and the Jesuit trained Conawago come across the corpse, which by reporting it leads to trouble. Sub-genre fans will enjoy this taut thriller as time is running out before mob justice lynches Conawago .

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Great series

    If you love history, good story telling and wonderfully complex characters then read this series. You will stay up all night to finish!

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Good series.

    Good series.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Superb. Riveting.

    Pattison has done it again. I was nervous about his switch to historical fiction with Bone Rattler, and, to be honest, it took a second read to really connect with that one. But I'm back on the Pattison bandwagon with Eye of the Raven. Pattison is unmatched at inhabiting the collision of dissimilar cultures. His historical details are completely convincing, and his characters have the same depth as in his Tibetan mysteries.

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