Sunday, March 6, 2016

Dark Reservations / John Fortunato / 340 pages

"Many have described the Navaho Nation as a mystical place, a place where superstition and the substantive world fuse into a new reality."  It is against this backdrop that Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Joe Evers is handed a seemingly unsolvable and politically charged case.  Only three months from forced early retirement, he is to find out what happened to Congressman Arlen Edgerton who disappeared during a corruption probe twenty years ago.  The congressman's bullet-ridden car was found by a rookie Navaho tribal officer, Randall Bluehorse on the Navaho reservation.  Joe is fighting the demons of grief and drink as he struggles to come to terms with his wife's death.  His investigation is complex, involving a multitude of suspects.  Characterization is phenomenal, as friends and foes alike seem real enough to walk off the page.  The many plot twists and turns keep the reader engrossed and guessing.

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