especially one who has serious doubts about a supreme being. He thought he'd never get his faith back-until he met a Choctaw murderer named
Holabi Minco, who might be a witch.
In the tradition of his people, Minco keeps a calendar made of sticks - popsicle sticks, since they come with lunch. He writes people's names on the sticks with his blood, and when their day comes up, they die. Some of those people are on the execution roster, but some aren't.
Richard learns he may be part of Holabi's ritual. And when Holabi's beautiful daughter Kinta Minco enters the picture, her other admirers-a corrupt prison guard and a white supremacist who are stalking her-make things difficult.
With his hands full escorting killers to the execution chamber and making love to Kinta, Harjo hardly notices he's caught up in a complex plot to break
Holabi Minco out of prison.
Will the mystical Minco avoid execution?
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The Popsicle Styx protagonist happens to be an Oklahoma death-row chaplain lost somewhere between Christianity, Catholicism, psychology, white man’s divinity, and Choctaw mysticism. For the record, a calendar stick is a North American Indian system for keeping track of events and time and is often based on astronomical observations. In the case of whites and ‘mud’ people incarcerated in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, time is written on popsicle sticks. In blood. Your name appears on a stick, your time is up, even off the ‘row.’ “‘You look like hell, Rev,” prison guard Madeline tells Chaplin Richard Harjo. ‘Worn out from carrying signs from God,’ he responds. ‘It’s heavy work.’ ” Remember Elmore Leonard? Man wrote some 50 books, uncounted short stories, and numerous screenplays. He’s known for his gritty dialogue, plot twists, and leaving out ‘the part a reader skips anyway.’ John T. Biggs penned ‘Styx’ as if he had scribble orders straight from the man. Combine John T’s mysticism, unsavory characters, and heinous crimes sloshed over with a little sex and you have a late night page turner. Damn fine read that doesn’t waste a single word.