Whiskey Kills: A Killstraight Story

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His Arrows Fly Straight into the Hearts of His Enemies was the Comanche name given him by his father. But the Pale Eyes gave him a new name, Daniel Killstraight, and that was the name by which he was known after his return to the reservation of the Kowas, Comanches, and Apaches. He became a native police officer, called a Metal Shirt by the Indians.

When Toyarocho, drunk on contraband whiskey, rolls over onto the body of his four-year-old daughter, smothering her to death, Leviticus Ellenbogen, the new Indian agent, is appalled and wants Killstraight to find out who supplied Toyarocho with the whiskey. If it was a white man, Killstraight cannot make an arrest, but he can collect evidence. There is one clue. The whiskey Toyarocho had drunk was in a ginger beer bottle manufactured by Cox and Coursey Bottling Works of Dallas, Texas.

In the course of his investigation, Killstraight finds additional instances of whiskey running among the Indians, all of it in the same kind of bottles. But Killstraight is working against impediments other than not being able to arrest a white man. Teepee That Stands Alone, the dead girl’s grandfather, perhaps knows something, but he will not share it with a Metal Shirt.

If Killstraight leaves the reservation in the course of his investigation, he will have no authority at all. And the white men involved undertake to have Killstraight jailed for numerous infractions against territorial and federal laws as an opening strategy. There is an even more certain way of making sure that Killstraight’s investigation is stopped permanently and that is by killing him.

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Johnny D. Boggs has worked cattle, shot rapids in a canoe, hiked across mountains and deserts, and traipsed around ghost towns—all in the name of finding a good story. He has won the Spur Award from Western Writers of America six times, as well as the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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When we met Daniel Killstraight, in 2008’s Killstraight, he was a young Comanche man willing to risk his own life to prove the innocence of a man convicted of murder. Now Daniel is a “Metal Shirt,” a tribal police officer. When an Indian accidentally kills his own daughter after he’s had too much whiskey (a prohibited substance), Daniel is instructed to find out who’s behind the running of the illegal liquor; but the evidence points to a white man whom Daniel has no authority to arrest. To make matters worse, someone is apparently trying to make sure Daniel’s investigation comes to a permanent—and fatal—stop. Killstraight is a very appealing character, and it’s nice to see him again, just as it’s nice to see that Boggs is once again in good form, combining action and adventure with an insightful exploration of the clash of cultures between Native Americans and white men (as seen from the perspective of Daniel, who has one foot planted firmly in each culture). --David Pitt

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