But Lola hears rumors that Judith had been working as an exotic dancer in the Description:
North Dakota oil fields, and further discovers that several Blackfeet girls, all known drug users, have gone missing over the past year. She heads out to the oil patch to check things out, only to find herself in a place where men outnumber women a hundred to one, the law looks the other way, and life - especially her own - is cheap.
Dakota shows the frightening underside of a boom-and-bust economy; of the effect on a small town when big-city money washes in, accompanied by hordes of men far from their families; of what happens when the old rules no longer apply, but the new ones are yet to be determined.
|Publisher:||The Permanent Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Gwen Florio is a veteran journalist who has covered stories ranging from the shootings at Columbine High School and the trial of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest. She has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three). She has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; her short fiction, for the Pushcart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well Gwen, you did it again! This is the second Lola Wicks book, Montana being the first in this new and exciting series where we were first introduced to tough on the outside yet, tender on the inside, once worldly journalist Lola Wicks who was downsized from her job as a foreign correspondent to reporting for the small town newspaper The Daily Express in Magpie Montana. Lola is still in the small town of Magpie where she came after the murder of her best friend Mary Alice and when the book "Dakota" opens, she is still sleeping and living with Charlie laurendeau, the county's first Indian sheriff. Any nosing around or sleuthing she may want to do, she needs to do with a very low profile so as not to compromise her man. When Lola starts to hear rumors of missing girls and Judith a local Blackfeet girl found frozen to death with a brand on her arm and an eagle feather in her hand Lola's reporter instincts kick in and she soon finds herself and her faithful 3 legged friend Bub, heading to the North Dakota oil fields in the dead of winter for what only she thinks is a story. When she gets to what is called the "oil patch" in North Dakota she soon realizes that men have come from all over the country for the easy money and even easier girls. She also finds out that men out number the women 100 to 1. The fairly new oil boom has taken over the small town and its people, it's like the wild, wild west with the law mostly looking the other way. lola chases the story as only she can, gets beat up, barely escapes freezing to death, almost looses her pal Bub not to mention her new love. What follows is a harrowing and sad tale of mostly poor, underage girls looking for the good life and men who have lost their selves and their morals so very far from home. The subject matter Gwen writes about is horrific yet timely and sadly not going away anytime soon. So happy to see Bub still around and lola still with Charlie and not off catting around. The ending is a wonderful surprise, I can't wait to see how Lola and her man, Sheriff Charlie handle the unexpected bittersweet news. Hurry up with the next book Gwen, would ya...:)
Lola Wicks, introduced to readers in “Montana,” returns in the second entry in the series. In her mid-30’s, she is now working \at a small daily newspaper in Magpie, Montana, a far cry from the years she spent as a foreign correspondent in Kabul and other war zones before being downsized from her job at a newspaper in Baltimore. After three months, Lola is still dealing with the aftermath of the death of Mary Alice, her best friend, when first arriving in Magpie, “trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. At present, she is living with Sheriff Charlie Laurendeau in his small ranch just outside of town, problematical on two counts: For one thing, Charlie is half Blackfeet (and the town’s first Indian Sheriff), added to the unethical complication of sleeping with a source, since her assignment is to cover events on the Blackfeet reservation. This being just the start of winter, it is twenty degrees below zero when Lola arrives at a crime scene, where the body of a beautiful young Indian girl is found in the snow Lola, of course, and despite the fact that her frenemy, Jan, with the paper for 3 years, has the crime beat, feels compelled to investigate the death of the girl, Judith Calf Looking, who had probably frozen to death, especially when she discovers that she was just the first of a series of young girls who had gone missing from the reservation, many of whom had been drug abusers, over the last year, and only the first to have been seen since they had left. Her relationship with Charlie was a tenuous one, made only more so when Lola leaves Magpie for Burnt Creek, over the border in North Dakota, a town of 700 souls which had experienced a boom when fracking had taken over the area: people hoping to find jobs on the oil patch. Her only company on the trip is Bub, a three-legged hound with one brown eye and one blue, who had been Mary Alice’s before Lola took him in. The author captures the Indian culture as well as the brutality of the prairie, especially in winter, where Burnt Creek “made her look fondly upon Magpie’s ten-below, no-wind days . . .In Montana, the wind slammed snow against earth frozen hard as iron and then packed it tight enough to hold cattle on a surface so glazed and brittle that when the occasional steer broke through, it emerged with legs sliced and bloodied by the sharp edges.” As was “Montana, “Dakota” is a beautifully written, suspenseful and fast read, one I devoured in about 36 hours, and it is highly recommended.
When a young Indian girls body is found in a snowbank a intrepid reporter working for a local newspaper follows upon leads of young girls going missing and ending up as drug users, this story is set against the backdrop of the north Dakota oil fields., exposing the underside of the oil industry and its economy., a place where men outnumber the women and the law looks the other way when things happen.