Eye of the Raven: A Mystery of Colonial America

Eye of the Raven: A Mystery of Colonial America

by Eliot Pattison
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Eye of the Raven: A Mystery of Colonial America by Eliot Pattison


With the aid of the Native American Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. But his new life is shattered when he and Conawago discover a dying Virginian officer nailed to an Indian shrine tree. The authorities arrest Conawago and schedule his hanging. As Duncan begins a desperate search for the truth, he finds himself in a maelstrom of deception and violence.

The year is 1760, and while the British army wishes to dismiss the killing as another casualty of its war with France, Duncan discovers a pattern of ritualistic murders related to provincial treaty negotiations and the struggles between tribal factions. Duncan understands that the real mysteries underlying his quest lie in the hearts of natives who, like his Highland Scots, have glimpsed the end of their world approaching.

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ISBN-13: 9781582435664
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Pages: 399
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Eye of the Raven: A Mystery of Colonial America 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1760 thanks mostly to his new friend Nipmuc tribal Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to move past the British massacre of his clan back in Scotland. Traveling together, they find the corpse of affluent Virginia militia commander Winston Burke nailed to a tree with a gear wheel buried into his chest. Because he is an Indian, local Pennsylvanian Colony authorities suspect Conawago killed Burke; who is not the first victim to die this way, as other surveyors have also been brutally killed. The colonial authorities and the British military leaders assume someone opposed to a treaty between the Iroquois and the British is the culprit, which enhances the belief Conawago is the killer. Still they write it off as another death due to the war with the French. However Burke's outraged cronies demand immediate justice, colonial style. They do not require a trial to hang Conawago which leaves it to McCallum to rush his investigation in order to save the life of his friend. This is a superb Colonial American mystery due to a powerful cast who brings the era alive especially not widely known tidbits all inside a terrific whodunit. The story line grips the audience from the opening act as Duncan and the Jesuit trained Conawago come across the corpse, which by reporting it leads to trouble. Sub-genre fans will enjoy this taut thriller as time is running out before mob justice lynches Conawago . Harriet Klausner
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If you love history, good story telling and wonderfully complex characters then read this series. You will stay up all night to finish!
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Heather78usn More than 1 year ago
Good series.
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CdnInJersey More than 1 year ago
Pattison has done it again. I was nervous about his switch to historical fiction with Bone Rattler, and, to be honest, it took a second read to really connect with that one. But I'm back on the Pattison bandwagon with Eye of the Raven. Pattison is unmatched at inhabiting the collision of dissimilar cultures. His historical details are completely convincing, and his characters have the same depth as in his Tibetan mysteries.
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