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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kirk Mitchell Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed Mysteries Release Date:
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Though there are signs of foul play, BIA investigator Emmett Quanah Parker and FBI special agent Anna Turnipseed aren’t looking for a killer—the remains dug out of a riverbank by an illegal fossil hunter are fourteen thousand years old. Parker and Turnipseed are sent to Central Oregon as official witnesses to the examination of John Day Man, as he is dubbed, for the bones have quickly provoked a controversy that threatens to erupt into violence: the skeleton is distinctly Caucasian, not Native American, shattering long-held tenets concerning who the first inhabitants of this continent were.

Emmett, with his Comanche and white ancestry, and Anna, a reservation-born Modoc with Asian blood, share a sensitivity to both parties’ concerns—and a forbidden attraction that’s causing them professional and personal problems. As a result, they are too distracted by each other to see the escalating suspicion and fear around them when a young tribal anthropologist is swallowed by the misty night and within hours of her disappearance the fossil hunter who discovered the skeleton is found disemboweled.

The Warm Springs Indians insist that the unburied bones of the Ancient One have been turned into a skep, a murderous spirit that haunts the darkness. As winter closes in on the steppes of the Columbia Plateau, accusations of ritualized murder fly between the Indian and white communities—and the fight turns deadly when a second skeleton is unearthed.

In the midst of the turmoil, Emmett and Anna are paralyzed by their own demons. This estrangement could prove deadly if they stop watching each other’s back long enough for a killer to target them too. And at the center of it all are the Ancient Ones, exacting a terrible price as the dark path to resolution runs a gauntlet through the boneyards of prehistory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As in previous episodes, Mitchell uses Native American themes expertly, this time providing fascinating background on the conflict between archaeological study and Indian beliefs regarding the sanctity of ancestral burial grounds…[readers] won’t be able to resist the pulse-pounding action.”

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  • “A superior police procedural…Mitchell’s busy mix of gruesome horror, romantic pratfalls, and eerie mysticism keeps the suspense uniformly high.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pa | 11/24/2013

    " A decent tale of mystery based around the discovery of about a 14,000 year old skeleton. Was it American Indian or Caucasian? The main investigators are American Indian by heritage. An exciting story, but some aspects are just too far-fetched, even though they are 'explained' in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauretta Allen | 11/25/2012

    " I'm a sucker for Native American mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Little Fish | 2/27/2012

    " Absolutely one of my favorite Books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Glenda | 2/4/2010

    " Very well written mystery set in my home state of Oregon. It includes interesting Native American myths and the action is continuous. A few scenes were a bit more graphic than I like but in other areas the author uses good sense. "

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About the Author
Author Kirk Mitchell

Kirk Mitchell served as a deputy sheriff on the Paiute-Shoshone Indian reservations of the desert country that includes Death Valley, and was a SWAT sergeant in Southern California before beginning his career as a full-time writer. This Edgar Award–nominated author lives in the Sierra Nevada of California.