Sandi Ault is the bestselling, award-winning author of the WILD Mystery series. Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the WILLA Award for Literary Excellence, two SPUR Finalist Awards, and more, she is a sought-after speaker, lecturer, writing teacher, and workshop facilitator. She lives and writes in the Wild West along with her loving companions: a husband, a wolf, and a Missouri wildcat.
At the start of Ault's strong debut, agent Jamaica Wild of the Bureau of Land Management is shocked to see Jerome Santana, a member of the Tanoah tribe of northern New Mexico, trampled to death by a herd of buffalo. It looks like suicide, but Jamaica suspects Jerome had been unwillingly drugged. A tribal elder and a child who also witnessed the fatal stampede go missing, and the authorities blame Jamaica for causing the death she tried to prevent. Jamaica combines a stubborn independent streak with an equally powerful longing to belong-a longing that finds expression in both her touching devotion to her wolf pup, Mountain, and in her warm ties to the Tanoah community and her mentor and medicine teacher, Momma Anna, Jerome's mother. Tinged with mysticism, this artfully told story should appeal to fans of Nevada Barr's National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon as well as Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee series and Margaret Coel's Wyoming Wind River Reservation novels. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Native American Jerome Santana is trampled to death by stampeding buffalo when he enters their pen. The only witness is Bureau of Land Management agent Jamaica Wild, who is studying Pueblo ways under the mentorship of Momma Anna, Jerome's mother. Soon the Tanoah Pueblo people blame Jamaica for Jerome's death, and it quickly becomes clear that she and her wolf puppy, Mountain, are marked for death by witchcraft. Jamaica must navigate her way in an unfamiliar culture to find the truth. Reviewers and readers will draw parallels between Ault's enlightening, well-researched debut, set in northern New Mexico, and the mysteries of Tony Hillerman, Nevada Barr, and Aimee and David Thurlo; this is fine because she is that good. Highly recommended for all mystery collections. Ault lives in the Rocky Mountains. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"A fascinating, deeply mysterious read. I loved it." -JAYNE ANN
KRENTZ "Ault uses her knowledge of the high-dry West to give us a
look at Pueblo Indian culture." -TONY HILLERMAN