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The Ft. Larned Incident

The Ft. Larned Incident

A Tay-bodal Mystery

Tay-bodal Mysteries (Volume 4)

Mardi Oakley Medawar

Minotaur Books

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In 1868, following the signing of the Medicine Lodge Treaty, things are not going well for the Kiowa. Their promised lands went to another tribe, their promised goods have not arrived, and the bored and tense warriors are becoming more and more unruly. When the Indian agent once again fails to live up to his promises, he is run off by the Kiowa and the agent's assistant sends them off to Ft. Larned to receive their annuities.

All the while, Tay-bodal - a healer and member of the Rattle Band - is enduring a personal crisis. A fight with his wife has escalated to the point where he has moved out, his wife is seen with a very eligible bachelor, and divorce seems inevitable. Tay-bodal is therefore not in the best frame of mind he is called upon to investigate a murder amongst the bands. Three Elks, a fond acquaintance of Tay-bodal and son of another chief, has been murdered. The one accused of killing him is a member of the Rattle Band. To make matters worse, the is the same man who has been plotting to steal Tay-bodal's wife. Now, if Tay-bodal cannot put aside his own dislike and prove that the accused innocent - and quickly - then there will be war between the bands, tearing apart what remains of the Kiowa nation.

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At first I thought I'd been startled from sleep by the sound of my own snore. Then I began to remember the dream I'd been having. I couldn't remember all of it, just snatches of screaming people, hundreds of lodges burning. These snatches...

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Praise for The Ft. Larned Incident

"Excellent work." - Library Journal

"Unlike the numerous contemporary mystery series dealing with Native Americans...the Bodal novels profit from the historical setting, combining some of the elements of a hard-boiled crime novel with Native American life before the exile to reservations. It proves a potent combination." - Booklist

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Mardi Oakley Medawar

Mardi Oakley Medawar is the author of three previous mysteries featuring Tay-bodal (Murder at Medicine Lodge, Witch of the Palo Duro, and Death at Rainy Mountain) as well as other novels. She is Eastern Band Cherokee and lives with her family in Lizard Lick, North Carolina.

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