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Parapsychologist Cree Black is called to a New Mexico school for gifted Navajo teens to investigate the mysterious symptoms of a student. Sixteen-year-old Tommy Keeday is wracked nightly with violent convulsions. Is the boy possessed by the spirit of an ancestor, as his family believes? Or is something even more sinister going on?

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Parapsychologist Cree Black is called to a New Mexico school for gifted Navajo teens to investigate the mysterious symptoms of a student. Sixteen-year-old Tommy Keeday is wracked nightly with violent convulsions. Is the boy possessed by the spirit of an ancestor, as his family believes? Or is something even more sinister going on?

A Book Sense 76 pick in hardcover
"Hecht is so good at making his ghosts and demons believable that [Land of Echoes] quickly caught me up in its exciting story...Well balanced and beautifully written."-Chicago Tribune
"Daniel Hecht scores again in a series that is absorbing, lyrical, and altogether frightening. His exploration of the supernatural, the Navajo culture, and the beauty of the New Mexican desert all come together in a story that is as enthralling as it is evocative...This is one series you won't want to miss."-New Mystery Reader
"Hecht evokes the setting and the Navajo culture with skill and sensitivity."-Cleveland Plain Dealer
"As with the first Cree Black novel, Hecht balances paranormal phenomena with everyday concerns...Creepy and convincing."-Booklist
"Shocking and heartbreaking...Read it!"-Arizona Tribune
Also available: Land of Echoes hc 1-58234-393-4 $24.95 City of Masks pb 1-58234-359-4 $13.95
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Second in the Cree Black series (following City of Masks), this paranormal thriller is filled with fascinating elements of Navajo culture and traditional beliefs. Author Daniel Hecht finds a careful narrative balance between family drama, eerie occultism, and scientific examination.

Teenager Tommy Keeday suffers strange and dangerous seizures while a student at a school for gifted Native Americans in New Mexico and is believed to be possessed by an evil Navajo spirit. Seattle-based parapsychologist Cree Black is asked to study and save the boy. Along with her team of ghost hunters, she uses her own empathic skills to delve into the dark secrets of the teachers and fellow students who might have something to do with Tommy's illness.

Hecht makes a bold effort to give readers believable investigations into the supernatural. Cree considers and applies theories involving magnetic fields, mysterious energies, genetics, and geographical forces. The narrative is leavened with a great many separate back-stories, as several fascinating Navajo myths and local legends are discussed in depth. This plausible, spooky, and grabbing mixture of solid detective work and paranormal chills is highly recommended.

Publishers Weekly
Hecht takes another step toward his grand goal of setting a supernatural mystery in every U.S. state with this second in the Cree Black series. City of Masks, the well-received first installment, featured a haunted mansion in New Orleans; here, Hecht crafts a novel of possession set in Tony Hillerman territory, the sun-baked high desert mesas of western New Mexico. Fifteen-year-old Tommy Keeday, a student at a boarding school for gifted American Indians, has bizarre seizures with no physical explanation. The local Navajos think the boy is possessed by a chindi, an ancestral spirit bent on seizing control of his tormented body. Parapsychologist and natural empath Lucretia "Cree" Black, one of a three-person team of high-tech ghost hunters, is called in to solve the mystery of the boy's supernatural illness. Cree explains a ghost as "fragments of a once-living human personality that somehow keep manifesting in the absence of a physical body." If she can puzzle out what the ghost wants, she reasons, then it can be banished. Hecht's novel has an extensive cast of characters, each burdened with a painful past or dark secret that eventually appears in the complex fabric of the plot. This multitude of stories plus the exhaustive evocations of local history and geography sometimes obscure the plight of poor tortured Tommy, but determined readers will find sufficient goose-bump material to make up for the overly detailed justifications. (Feb.) Forecast: This should do well with readers looking for credible, scientific investigations into the paranormal, a salient feature of all of Hecht's books (Skull Session; The Babel Effect). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This is Hecht's second novel (after City of Masks) featuring parapsychologist Cree Black. While speaking at a conference in New Mexico, Black learns about an unusual case in a Navajo boarding school: 15-year-old Tommy Keeday is suffering from strange seizures that are growing stronger. The principal of the school turns to Black, who senses that the boy might be possessed. She must try to figure out the source of Tommy's illness while dealing with unbelieving school staff, the son of the principal's deceased husband, and the entities she senses with her empathic abilities. She also discovers that the principal is hiding a personal secret that could be related to Tommy's seizures. As with her first novel, Hecht here includes scientific methods to try to prove possible supernatural activities. Characters from the first novel appear, but new readers can enjoy this book without having read its predecessor. Details about Navajo culture and beliefs add nicely to the story. Continuing the series at a high level, this is recommended for most popular fiction collections.-Joel W. Tscherne, Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A second outing for Seattle parapsychologist Cree Black (City of Masks, 2003) takes her to New Mexico, where an investigation unveils mysteries that have nothing supernatural about them. Cree is a kind of latter-day exorcist who roams the world seeking the ruin of ghosts-or entities, as she calls them. At an academic conference in Albuquerque, she's waylaid by one of her old professors, who begs her to look into a particularly troubling case. It seems that young Tommy Keeday, a student at a local boarding school for Navajos, has been tormented for some time now by inexplicable seizures that overtake him without warning and disappear without explanation. The school principal, Julietta McCarty, explains that Tommy is extremely bright and has never been in any serious trouble-physically or academically-before. Tommy's family is afraid he's possessed by some dead ancestor, but Cree likes to think in terms of fields, entities, and environments, and in the course of her investigation she finds plenty of psychic disturbance in the general vicinity. Julietta founded the school with the proceeds of her divorce settlement from hated ex-husband Garrett McCarty, a rich miner whose son Donny (four years older than Julietta) had always resented his father's young trophy bride. There've been reported cases of cattle mutilation (a phenomenon associated with aliens and UFOs) on Donny's property adjacent to the school, and Cree meets with stiff resistance in her attempts to investigate. She also learns that Julietta had secretly had a son by her Navajo lover some 15 years before (while still married to Garrett) and had reluctantly given him up for adoption. Garrett's accidental death a few years after thedivorce looks suspicious, too. Are we dealing with ghosts-or just a bunch of family skeletons? Hecht writes fluidly and draws convincing portraits of some interesting characters and situations, but the parapsychology slant drives his tale into a swamp of New Age hooey. Agent: Nicole Aragi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596918030
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/7/2008
  • Series: Cree Black
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 879,719
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel Hecht is the author of four previous novels, Skull Session, The Babel Effect, Puppets, and the first Cree Black thriller, City of Masks.
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  • Posted May 14, 2011


    I bought this book unsure about it but now I'm near the end with less than 60 pages to go and have a hard time putting it down! I absolutely love it and hoping to get more Cree Black books! Daniel Hecht is a superb writer!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    A Book You Can Not Put Down

    Once you start reading this book, you have to finish it. Daniel Hecht keeps you needing to know what will happen next. The research that has been done and the authors imagination combine to make you become one of the charactors in this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    Great Follow Up Book

    I read the first Cree Black book and found the premise of solving mysteries through empathy a novel and unconventional way to frame the exploration of characters. The first book explored New Orleans Creole tradition and now its Navajo. The characters change with the culture but they are all noteworthy and stay with the reader well after the last page has been turned. I suppose that you don't have to read the first book to enjoy the second, but I recommend both. I am looking forward to the third in the series.

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    Posted January 27, 2008

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    I found the book fascinating and so readable. I literally stopped everything to read it straight through in two days. There is lots of complex information but it's presented in such a readable way while losing nothing to characters and action of the story. I lived in the Four Corners area and felt like this was a trip back to place I knew only too well. The details were excellent and the author truly caught the feeling of that area and the native cultures and how they interwine with life in this area. To say the least, a great read.

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