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Kathleen Eagle's compelling novels of unexpected love and powerful passion have touched the hearts of countless readers. Now, this award-winning writer has created her most unforgettable novel yet — a tale about the love between a man and a woman of very different backgrounds, who find common ground in their determination to do what's right ... discovering love despite all the odds.

Kole Kills Crow . . . his name was once on everybody's lips and his determination to fight for ...

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Kathleen Eagle's compelling novels of unexpected love and powerful passion have touched the hearts of countless readers. Now, this award-winning writer has created her most unforgettable novel yet — a tale about the love between a man and a woman of very different backgrounds, who find common ground in their determination to do what's right ... discovering love despite all the odds.

Kole Kills Crow . . . his name was once on everybody's lips and his determination to fight for the rights of Native Americans — combined with his movie-star good looks — had once made him a media darling. Women loved him, and the television cameras couldn't get enough of him. But after a disastrous brush with the law and the tragic death of his wife and child, Kole left it all behind. He'd been betrayed by his closest friend, and he knew that the "accident" that had befallen his family was really meant for him ... so he dropped so far out of sight that it was as if he'd never existed at all.

As a reporter, Heather Reardon has learned to expect the unexpected ... and to look for the truth behind the masks so many of her subjects wear. For years she's been seeking to discover the truth about Kole's disappearance, but when she finally finds him in a run-down bar, she is shocked that the outspoken hero of her idealistic fantasies claims he wants nothing to do with his colorful past. But Heather knows that he's lying....

Soon, animosity gives way to unexpected passion, bringing Kole and Heather ever closer together. She is determined to turn him back into the man he had once been — proud, fierce, and afraid of nothing. Then the time comes for Kole to reclaim his place in thepublic eye as he encourages his friends to take a stand for what they believe is right.

At first, they're just a ragtag group of Native Americans who have banded together to travel from the isolation of the reservation to the bright lights of Los Angeles. But as the small group travels across the land, they gain support along the way. Kole, thrust back into the spotlight, must face down the demons that have haunted him. And Heather must make the decision of her life — can she stay at the side of a man who will never be completely hers?

You Never Can Tell is a story for anyone who believes that love can overcome all the odds. It's a book you'll never forget.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Inspired by her husband's Lakota Sioux heritage, Eagle (The Last Good Man) illuminates the injustices and stereotypes visited upon Native Americans in this politically charged yet temperate romance. Determined to write the story of her career, freelance journalist Heather Reardon tracks down Native American Kole Kills Crow, a retired Native American rights activist and prison escapee who doesn't wish to be found, in a Minnesota dive. Heather spends a few nights with Kole in his remote cabin as his "hostage" before he finally agrees to be the subject of her article and head one last campaign to bring the plight of his people to the public's attention. During their journey south to Hollywood, the attraction between Heather and Kole turns to love, but first Kole must put the ghosts of his past to rest and find out who wants him dead. Heather and Kole exchange a bevy of one-liners some witty and some downright corny ("You're nuts." "They come with dessert") and their chemistry is only a degree above tepid. Overall, this novel succeeds more in piquing the reader's social conscience than in lifting the romantic soul. Agent, Steven Axelrod. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Kole Kills Crow is a perfect romance hero brooding, dangerous, "other" cast in the same mold as a gypsy from the wild moors, or a rogue who is no longer received in Charleston. Kills Crow is a hero of the Native American movement, a terrorist according to the law and possibly a murderer. Now he lives like a fugitive, holed up in a remote cabin, until he is discovered by journalist Heather Reardon. Sexy and feral as his wolf-dog, he possesses an unpredictable cruel streak balanced by a dash of tenderness and sensitivity he is also a maker of fine, highly prized flutes. Once Heather locates him in a honky-tonk, she inveigles him into dancing with her and then convinces him to let her into his life so she can tell his story. "This would be more than an interview. She believed him to be one of a rare breed, maybe even a dying breed of men... a true champion of the people." Thus begins a long tease. There is much inane, double-entendre conversation as the two move inevitably through mistrust to lust to true love. Along the way, there are political issues to settle, and a quest for fairness for Native Americans leads to an intense climax under the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles. Eagle (What the Heart Knows; The Last Good Man) won't disappoint her fans with this spicy, fast-paced tale. (Aug.) Forecast: With more than 35 books to her credit and several awards for her romances, Eagle has a solid following. The political aspect of her latest doesn't overshadow the romance and may increase her readership. National print advertising, a four-city author tour and a teaser chapter in the paperback of The Last Good Man are planned. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
When freelance journalist Heather Reardon heads for the wilds of northern Minnesota in search of the legendary Kole Kills Crow, a Native American activist and fugitive who has purposely dropped out of sight, she has more than just a journalistic interest that his story be told. Not only is he one of her heroes from way back but he is also the father of her seven-year-old goddaughter, whom he will never see unless he deals with his violent and dangerous past. But it isn't until Kole sees a revealing video clip that he reluctantly realizes that he must face his demons if he ever is going to be free. Politics, murder, and betrayal are all part of this sensual, involving spin-off of The Last Good Man (Avon, 2000), which nicely blends romance and activism. Noted for her especially well-drawn heroes and sensitive treatment of Native American issues, Eagle is a RITA-award winning writer and lives in the Minneapolis area. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rita Award-winner Eagle once again tries for a mainstream audience, this time in a story that centers on a journalist, Manhattan-based, who falls in love with a Lakota Sioux activist and his cause. Heather Reardon describes herself as having "made quite a name for myself writing stories that speak to the American social conscience." In northern Minnesota, she tracks down her idol, an American Indian Movement activist and prison escapee named Kole Kills Crow. Jailed for taking hostages at a post office, a bogus charge, Kole was framed for the killing of a fellow prisoner. Then, while he was living in supposed hiding, his wife was killed in a mysterious house explosion. Heather knows the whole story because her best friend Savannah, the supermodel heroine of Eagle's last title (The Last Good Man, 2000) and coincidently Kole's sister-in-law, has been raising Kole's daughter in order to keep her safe. Not surprisingly, the attraction between Kole and Heather is immediate. But should Kole trust this stranger? And should Heather sleep with her story? After clever if facile banter, soft-focus eroticism, and far too much political discussion of Native American rights and governmental wrongs, the affair takes off as the two start a trek cross-country to Hollywood to demonstrate against film stereotypes and incidentally to clear Kole of the murder charge by finding the real perp. The story, in all, never quite jells. While some details, like the obvious alias "Kola" under which Kole successfully hides from the law, create minor implausibility, others, like a nuclear waste company's involvement in filmmaking and murder, are just heavy-handed. In Eagle's black-and-white world, all Indians are nobleand wise, even a former activist turned passive traitor who gets his act of redemption in the novel's one, slightly out-of-place scene of unexpected violence. Eagle, a veteran romancer, knows her Indian facts and history, but her characters fail to bring either to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611941364
  • Publisher: BelleBooks
  • Publication date: 6/21/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 905,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Since the publication of Once Upon a Wedding in hardcover, I've received lots of letters filled with wonderful wedding anecdotes from new brides and mothers ofthe bride. Most of them want to know just how much of my own daughter's wedding found its way into this book.

Here's the scoop: The devil is in the details. Yes, I said, "Don't spend a lot on a wedding. Put the money toward a house." Yes, I'm cheap. Yes, I'm addicted to E-Bay, and yes, I'm way too hands-on, love to do the craft projects myself — which doesn't save a penny, but what a sense of satisfaction it gave me. And, yes, my dear friends and in-laws saved the wedding with their late-night stitching in time. Oh, and yes, I did hitch a ride to the church on the bakery truck.

Kathleen Eagle and her husband of thirty-two years make their home in Minnesota. Write to her c/o

Midwest Fiction Writers, P.O. Box 24107,
Minneapolis, MN 55424.
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Chapter One

The man she wanted was sitting kitty-corner across the bar, big as life.

Heather Reardon felt hot and damp all over, her gut gone goosey, like a silly teenage groupie, but one with no friend along to poke her and remind her not to stare. The tinny chords from a steel guitar looped round and round her, while a dying bulb in a beer sign above the door marked "Can" did a crazy dance.

Can, indeed, she thought giddily. Can and did. Searched and found. She had followed her leads and her instincts deep into the backwoods, nearly to the Canadian border, and found the man she'd been looking for perched on a run-of-the-mill bar stool.

She wasn't staring. She didn't have to. Heather Reardon was a professional. She had the eavesdropping ear of an owl and the peripheral vision of a horse. Staring was no way to get what she'd come to the Minnesota backwoods for, which was not so much the man as his story. But the man -- seeing him in the flesh, hearing his voice live, remembering his public deeds as well as the personal stories she'd been told -- the man was something else.

His name was Kole Kills Crow, and he was acting remarkably ordinary, sitting there, minding a beer on the stained bar, the sportscaster on the small screen above the fat bartender's head, and the occasional comment from the younger Indian man sitting two stools down on his far side.

He didn't resemble any fugitive she'd ever encountered -- and she'd met a few -- nor did he strike her as a martyr. He didn't look like a rabble-rouser or a terrorist or a messianic leaderof Native people or a convict. He certainly didn't look like a murderer, but Heather had interviewed enough murderers to know that you couldn't tell by looking at them.

And he knew she was looking at him, if furtively. That much she could tell by the way he studiously ignored her.

She was fairly certain that being the only woman in the Cheap Shot Saloon rendered her somewhat noticeable. She was also the only Caucasian, although the bartender was probably more white than Indian. He was the only person who'd said anything to her so far -- "What'll it be?" and then "Never heard of it. You got a second choice?" She'd ended up with red wine vinegar in a juice glass.

"How is it?" the bartender asked her after he'd delivered a couple of beers at the other end of the bar. "The wine."

Heather looked down at the glass. Not that she'd forgotten, but she couldn't bring herself to look the guy in the eye when she said, "Fine."

"Didn't know if it would keep. Opened it up for a lady last month."

"Last month? Well..." She flashed a tight smile. "As long as you keep the cap screwed on tight."

"Lost the cap, so I just --"

"Are you palming off some of that stuff you make yourself, Mario?"

The bartender raised his voice as he shot the younger man a scowl. "Put a cork in it."

"Damn, we lose more tourists that way."

The exchange drew a chuckle from the reticent Mr. Kills Crow as he set his beer down after taking a sip.

"They come all this way to soak up the flavor of, uh, the native..." The young guy made a rolling gesture. "What do you call it, Kola?"


"Not that. The atmosphere. The whole cultural --"

"That ain't hooch, hey. That there's genuine --" The bartender grabbed the bottle, checked the label, then shoved it under the younger man's nose. "Italian. It's Italian wine. Imported from Chicago. I got a cousin there."

Heather slid Kills Crow a quick glance. She had the edge. She knew who he was, knew from her reading that kola was the Lakota word for "friend," knew that they were both visitors to the woodsy Northern Minnesota Blue Fish Indian Reservation that was home, not to the Lakota, but to their traditional rivals, the Chippewa. He, on the other hand, knew nothing about her.

Not that he was interested. Clearly he meant to spare her no more than a glance as he lifted his beer, but he stopped short of a sip and lowered the bottle. A spark flashed in his dark eyes, like a secret smile. "Youre supposed to let the lady check the cork, Mario," he said.

He no longer wore his hair in the braids he'd sported when he'd waved an assault rifle above his head and defied the South Dakota National Guard with a chilling whoop that echoed across the airwaves into living rooms across the country. Heather had only had a passing interest at the time -- much like that reflected in the look he was giving her now -- but she'd since gathered every piece of news he'd made. His hair had been jet-black then. It was shorter now and streaked with an abundance of silver for a forty-year-old man. She could count the years in his tawny face, too, but he wore them well. And his eyes promised a fascinating story.

"Ain't nothin' wrong with the cork. See? Just a cork." Mario snatched it out of the sink and thrust it under each nose along the bar, as though he wanted them to sniff for spoilage. "Damn, you guys," Mario said, flicking the cork in the young man's face when he grimaced. "She said herself, it's good wine. Right?"

"I said it was fine." She offered another tight smile to the bartender as she grabbed the glass, then cast a quick glance at the man she'd come two thousand miles to find.

Dare ya, said the eyes with the secret smile.

She drank, willing her tongue to let...

You Never Can Tell. Copyright © by Kathleen Eagle. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Not a favorite

    I have always enjoyed Kathleen Eagle books ever since her debut book "Someday Soon" many years ago, but I'm not sure what's happened to her. The story lines are a bit draggy, the dialog very heavy with tired cliches and the characters don't give me the warm, happy feeling I like to get in stories like this. Frankly, I had a hard time finishing the book, it just didn't hold my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    Wonderful read

    Heather Reardon is a writer on a mission. She is searching for Kole Kills Crow, a Lakota fugitive with a story to tell. Years ago, Kole was an activist for the Native American cause, trying to make things better for his people. But he dropped out of sight after the death of his wife and his escape from prison. <br><br> After Heather discovers Kole in a northern Minnesota bar, her life is forever changed. For she follows the hero of her dreams to his cabin where she begins to know him as the man shaped by the hardships he has endured. Heather and Kole embark on a cross-country journey to other reservations, gathering supporters for their journey to Hollywood, where they plan to make a stand against the bias of the entertainment industry against Native Americans. <br><br> Heather struggles to keep her personal attraction for Kole separate from her desire to write his story. And Kole tries to prevent an emotional attraction to Heather, a white woman who has put a dent in his hardened heart. <br><br> The banter between Heather and Kole is wonderful, ripe with innuendos and very quick-witted. Their relationship goes very deep, first beginning as purely physical, but gradually changing into an enduring ability to trust each other even in adverse circumstances. For a wonderful read proving that love can transcend anything, YOU NEVER CAN TELL can¿t be beat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    Eagle Soars High Again

    Kole Kills Crow, an AIM-type activist turned mystical flute maker after his escape from federal prison, has been living underground for years, hiding from the law as well as the political enemies he can't name. That is, until Heather Reardon, a freelance journalist, tracks him down on an Ojibwe reservation in Northern Minnesota. She's been following the story of Kole for as long as she can remember, and as far as Heather's concerned, it's time for his story to be told. And she has the skills and the reputation to do so. But will he be a willing participant? Ms. Eagle commands witty dialogue and conveys the sensuality of Heather's and Kole's relationship in such a manner that this book would also be enjoyed outside the romance genre. Fans of Russell Means' 'Where White Men Fear To Tread' and the movie 'Thunderheart' will love this book and feel like they have the 'inside activist story.'

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    showcases the modern day American Indian

    Free lance reporter Heather Reardon finds Kole Kills Crow, known for defying the South Dakota National Guard, in a local bar in the Minnesota backwoods. The journalist searched for the recluse to hear his side of the story of what happened in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping during the Guard incident. Just before his sentence ended, Kole fled prison when another American Indian standing near him is killed. Kole and Heather talk with her explaining that she spoke with people from his past such as the actor Barry Wilson, Kole¿s former mentor. Barry left the cause for Hollywood, allowing Kole to take the rap for the South Dakota incident. <P>Though he says he is only a flute maker, she and a Native American reporter persuade Kole to lead a Native American rights March on Hollywood to provide a more accurate picture of the American Indian. Along the way, Kole and Heather fall in love even as other American Indians join the march and other people want Kole dead so their exploitation can continue. <P>Best-selling and award winning author Kathleen Eagle provides readers with an exciting ethnic romance that showcases the modern day American Indian. The story line is very exciting, but it is the charcaters, especially the lead duo who turn YOU NEVER CAN TELL into a classy reading experience. As usual Ms. Eagle demonstrates with this novel that you can tell why books like THE NIGHT REMEMBERS and THE LAST TRUE COWBOY are so popular with readers. <P>Harriet Klausner

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