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Reservations by Gwen Florio
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Reservations

by Gwen Florio

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This is volume four in Florio's series featuring Lola Wicks, a journalist who spent time in Afghanistan and is now living in Montana with her Blackfeet policeman husband Charlie, and their young daughter.

As part of a delayed honeymoon, the three travel to the Navajo reservation where Charlie's brother and his family live.

But a coal mine run by an international company is causing dissention on the res. Although the jobs are greatly appreciated, the natural beauty of the reservation has definitely been disturbed. Charlie's brother works for the mine; his wife is a Navajo lawyer and often represents the tribe.

Just before they arrive an explosion kills a tribal elder. It's believed to be an act of Eco-terrorism. Not surprisingly, Lola jumps in to the middle of a very dangerous situation.

As always with Florio's mysteries I enjoyed the realism of reservation life. Racism and hard feelings between factions are not glossed over: whites and Indians, Indians against whites, and even hard feelings among Indians belonging to other tribes. It's a place of beauty, but also of great poverty; economic opportunity is rare.

What I didn't like about this installment, is that she whacked one of my favorite characters in what I have come to call 'The Game of Thrones' meme. Like a character? Dead next week. No, no, no, Gwen! Will I trust you with my heart again? Well, probably. After all, there is another volumes out and a sixth waiting to be released. Beware of major spoilers in the blurbs for volume # 5
  streamsong | Jun 6, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738750425, Paperback)

Journalist Lola Wicks would much rather pursue a story than spend time with people she barely knows. So when an eco-terrorist bombing escalates the controversy surrounding a new coal mine on Arizona's Navajo Reservation, she's almost relieved to have the distraction from meeting her in-laws.

But as the violence gets worse and Lola digs deeper, she can't escape the feeling that her husband's family is somehow involved―a suspicion that jeopardizes not only her marriage, but also her life.

Praised by the New York Times as "a gutsy series," the Lola Wicks mysteries captivate readers with compelling characters, gritty tension, and page-turning action that builds to a thrilling finish.

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"Journalist Lola Wicks would much rather pursue a story than spend time with people she barely knows. So when an eco-terrorist bombing escalates the controversy surrounding a new coal mine on Arizona's Navajo Reservation, she's almost relieved to have the distraction from meeting her in-laws. But as the violence gets worse and Lola digs deeper, she can't escape the feeling that her husband's family is somehow involved - a suspicion that jeopardizes not only her marriage, but also her life."--Amazon.com… (more)

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