Reservations by Richard Paolinelli
Reservations, a mystery/thriller, is set near Gallup, New Mexico where the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni reservations are adjacent. Three tribal leaders have been murdered —murdered in a fashion that suggests the deeds were carried out by the COYOTE, a legendary evil trickster feared by many Native Americans.
The tribal president contacts his old friend in the FBI for assistance in solving the crimes and preventing more murders. The FBI selects its star agent, Jack Del Rio, and dispatches him to New Mexico. Del Rio finds a situation tangled in political intrigue, and must work through those issues on his way to solving the mystery. Assisting him in his quest is Officer Lucy Chee. A romantic interest develops between the two. Del Rio identifies the murderer, but not without further bloodshed and loss.
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"I was completely engaged for this entire
novel. Although I had a guess at who the murderer was early on, the
author led me on several hunches and had me questioning every turn.
This novel reminded me of Murder on the Orient Express by
Agatha Christie because the main character was so well written and the
investigation was just as intriguing. There were also several
timelines and plot lines used that all converged on this murder
investigation, and I really enjoyed the way they all weaved together. "
--Amanda Hill, Doubleplus Books