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Dance of the Thunder Dogs Book Review Summary

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Berkley, Nov 2004, 21.95, 368 pp.
ISBN: 0425198367

BIA investigator Emmett Parker is home after thirteen years away solving tribal crimes. He is recuperating from a wound in his chest made from an axe during an Upstate new York case. Although being at home is an adjustment, his tribe is proud of his accomplishments and honors him at a pow wow attended by the president and his former lover Dagen Kirsch. They have a romantic encounter that makes Emmett feel better than he has since he broke up with FBI Agent Anna Turniseed.

BIA Agent Jerome Crow asks Emmett to help him prove that he was not embezzling trust fund oil money from the tribe. Jerome asks Emmett to meet him at a place where they will interrogate a suspect. Emmett reluctantly agrees, but at the rendezvous point he finds Jerome dying. An FBI agent observing Emmett pull a knife out of Jerome's chest concludes that Emmett killed Jerome. While on the lam, Emmett links this homicide with two others to hide a conspiracy to siphon tribal funds earned from oil.

DANCE OF THE THUNDER DOGS is a fascinating crime thriller that places an innocent person on the run from his law enforcement peers while also trying to clear his name. Always a maverick, Emmett has few friends he can count on while obsessed FBI Agent Mengas continues to chase him.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   wrongly convicted clearing his name General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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