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Blending elements of outdoor adventures à la Jack London's White Fang, Native American-powered whodunits by Tony Hillerman, James D. Doss, et al., and Castañeda-style shamanistic vision quests, Sandi Ault's impressive Wild Indigo is, simply put, a page-turner of the highest order.
Featuring Jamaica Wild -- a headstrong resource protection agent for the Bureau of Land Management -- and her pet wolf cub, Mountain, the mystery revolves around the strange demise of a Native American man trampled to death by a herd of stampeding buffalo. Both the tribal elders and the FBI declare the death a suicide, but Wild, who witnessed the trampling firsthand, knows that something is not quite right. When she begins asking too many questions, the tribal council claims that she started the stampede and is solely responsible for the man's death. Suspended from her job pending an investigation, Wild vows to uncover the truth -- and stumbles headlong into ritualistic terror…
Ault's extensive knowledge of Southwest Native American culture aside, the real power behind this debut novel -- the thing that makes Wild Indigo such a unique and compelling read -- is the complex relationship between Wild and Mountain. Both human and wolf are outsiders, with no real home or family, and the intense bond that they share -- the pack of two that they create -- is as beautiful as it is bittersweet. Additionally, Ault deals with a myriad of sensitive themes like the preservation of indigenous cultures, psychoactive drug-induced mysticism, wildlife conservation, etc., with compassion and class. Paul Goat Allen