As the separate bands of the Kiowa nation gather at Rainy Mountain in 1866, the bands finds themselves divided over the choice of a new principal chief, as a cloud of murder hangs over the event
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A rough-hewn Native American adventure set amidst the flourishing Kiowa nation during the summer of 1866. Tay-bodal, cranky loner and gifted healer, attends a meeting following the death of the great chief Little Mountain. He thinks the gathering must concern the election of a new leader, but a hideous event has occurred: The nephew of one contender for principal chief has been strangled and the cousin of another--handsome warrior Cheyenne Robber--has been accused of the murder and confined. Tay-bodal has five days to resolve this intertribal dispute and avert a civil war of the sort that has until recently racked the white men. Inspired by the thunderbolt of a love affair with an outspoken widow--Crying Wind, a relative of the accused--he infiltrates opposing camps, performs a primitive postmortem, and escapes a shooting only to be rescued by Union soldiers. This espionage caper culminates in a Kiowa show of force followed by Tay-bodal's denunciation of the murderer to the assembled tribes--all of which makes a nice contrast to Hercule Poirot in the drawing room. Medawar extracts effective humor and poignancy from Tay- bodal's journey toward the respect of his people. But of all that her hero survives, nothing is more dangerous than the rebellious grammar and uncertain plotting that hamstring this first mystery. The author (a western, People of the Whistling Waters, not reviewed) needs to do homework in something more than Native lore. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.Review:
In 1866, all the various clans of the Kiowa nation gather together at sacred Rainy Mountain to honor the chief of chiefs, the recently deceased Little Bluff, and to elect his replacement. However, the transition does not go smoothly when Cheyenne Robber, the nephew of one of the leading candidates, is accused of strangling to death Coyote Walking, the nephew of another aspirant. It appears that civil war is imminent. However, the ruling council allows Cheyenne Robber's relatives five days to prove he did not commit the crime during a jealous rage over a woman both showed interest. Skywalker drafts Tay-bodal, a healer who belongs to no band, to prove that Cheyenne Robber is innocent. As Tay-bodal begins to investigate the crime, he knows that circumstantial evidence proves Cheyenne Robber had the motive, means, and opportunity to kill Coyote Walking. Still, he believes the man to be innocent because Cheyenne Robber planned to kidnap White Otter not kill his rival. As he digs deeper into uncovering the facts, Tay-bodal falls in love with a widow and has had several attempts made on his life. Tay-bodal continues to investigate because he knows only he can prevent the holocaust facing his people. Death At Rainy Mountain is a who-done-it with a twist: the entire story revolves around a nineteenth century Native American tribe. The mystery is interesting and Tay-bodal is a great detective, but it is the glimpse at the Kiowa culture that makes this a top notch reading experience. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description St. Martin's Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312143109
Book Description St. Martin's Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0312143109