|Plot Summary of Murder on the Red Cliff Rez|
St. Martin's, Jun 2002, 23.95, 207 pp.
Crime is a rarity on the Red Cliff Reservation in Northern Wisconsin, but murder never happens. Yet someone killed obnoxious tribal attorney Judah Boiseneau. Following the requirements of federal statute, reservation Police Chief David Lameraux reluctantly informs the local law enforcement officials that a homicide has occurred. This only adds to David's pressure to solve the case as the tribe council, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the nearby local police demand he capture the felon like yesterday.
Everyone believes the killer is Judah's cousin Benny Peliquin, who has vanished some where on the Rez. Desperate to find the missing suspect, David aversely turns to his former girlfriend Karen Charbonau for help because only someone with the skill of the Tracker (as she is known by all) would have a chance to find Benny. However, the cop wonders what they will discover when they catch up to Benny as David knows they will because Karen is the best.
MURDER ON THE RED CLIFF REZ is an exciting debut of a contemporary Native American police procedural series. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action as David and Karen search for Benny, but find more than they bargained for during their trek. The who-done-it engages the audience from the start and never lets go until resolution. Though the lead couple is developed to the point that readers understand them as individuals, the former relationship between the protagonists remained murky. Readers will feel gratified with Mardi Oakley Medawar's tale that provides a strong mystery and an insightful look at life on a Wisconsin Rez.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Murder on the Red Cliff Rez|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
- Big focus on forensic evidence
- Big focus on autopsies
Kind of investigator
- no powwow with Indian killers
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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