The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band begins on the Pine Ridge Reservation with a raucous Fourth of July gig that abruptly ends with the Red Birds ducking out of the performance in a hilarious hail of beer bottles. By the end of the evening, community member Buffalo Ames is dead, presumed to be murdered, just outside the bar. Sissy Roberts, the band's singer and the "best female guitar picker on the rez," is reluctantly drawn into the ensuing investigation by an FBI agent who discovers Sissy's knack for hearing other people's secrets. Part mystery, part community chronicle, this is the story of Indian Country on the verge of historic change, and a woman unwilling to let change pass her by. Frances Washburn is an assistant professor of American Indian studies and English at the University of Arizona.
In Mariachi Murder, Andy Veracruz is content with his life as the leader of a mariachi band, but when his lover is accused of murder, he has no choice but to defend her. In the process he faces the loss of his strongest loyalties as well as his entire career. “Ransdell burns up the nightclub scene with a slick and saucy story to keep your feet moving to the tunes and your mind guessing till the end” -- Stephen L. Brayton, author of Alpha. D. R. Ransdell directs second-language writing courses and coaches new graduate assistants at the University of Arizona. She also moonlights as a mariachi player.
Location: Street: 411 N 4th Ave City: Tucson, Province: Arizona Postal Code: 85705-8444 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)