Michael C. White
HarperCollins, Feb 2001, 24.00, 386 pp.
In the southern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, Doc Jordan works as an obstetrician/gynecologist as well as the medical examiner. Doc's personal life remains in shambles ever since his son died fourteen years ago. Neither he nor his separated wife found solace in one another with Annabel tending to float in and out of his life. Instead Doc lives for his work.
Doc visits a domestic murder scene where apparently the common law wife, Native American Rosa Littlefoot, killed her abusive husband Lee Roy Pugh. In spite of his full agenda, Doc takes their four month old child into his home. Annabel makes one of her evanescent visits and claims she is capable of nurturing the infant, but Doc has doubts. As he investigates the murder, Doc wonders if his girlfriend is right and that he should divorce his spouse so everyone can get on with their lives.
A DREAM OF WOLVES is not your usual ME vs. monstrous odds that Vegas would take no book. Instead this tale is more of a human drama centering on morality based on one's relative outlook on life. Doc struggles with his future knowing that even in his late fifties, he can expect a life span of two to three decades more. However, what makes Michael C. White's tale special is the secondary cast also examines their present lives in terms of their future. Placing all that inside a mystery turns Mr. White's novel into a dream book for sub-genre fans that want realistic characters not superheroes.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner