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Carlos Castañeda meets Ruth Rendell in the second installment of C. E. Murphy's Walker Papers saga, Thunderbird Falls. The sequel to 2005's Urban Shaman pits beat cop and reluctant shaman Joanne Walker (real name Siobhan Walkingstick) against her deadliest foe yet: an ancient serpentine spirit bent on crossing over into modern-day Seattle -- not to order an iced mocha latte from Starbucks but to take over the world!
Just a few months after meeting the Native American trickster god Coyote and grudgingly agreeing to become a shaman -- it was either that or death! -- Walker is still coming to grips with her paranormal abilities. But when she discovers the body of a dead woman in a University of Washington shower room, she's thrust into a potentially apocalyptic adventure that revolves around a good-hearted coven trying to raise a seemingly benevolent spirit from the netherworld. But as the rituals intensify, Walker realizes that the 3,000-year-old entity isn't exactly on a mission of peace…
An intriguing blend of Native American mythology, spiritual fantasy, and mystery, Murphy's Walker Papers novels should appeal to fans of other comparable supernatural detective sagas like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and David and Aimée Thurlo's Lee Nez chronicles. Additionally, genre fans of Native American-powered series like the Charlie Moon mysteries by James D. Doss and Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee novels should find this fast-paced and relatively lighthearted saga well worth reading. Paul Goat Allen