Chenoo

Chenoo

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Jacob Neptune, a wise-cracking, two-fisted Penacook private investigator with a checkered past, lives in upstate New York--four hundred miles from his tribal community on Abenaki Island. Then one night the phone rings. "We got trouble," Neptune's cousin Dennis says from the other end. ...Attacked by bikers before he can even board his plane, Neptune--"Podjo" to his friends--quickly begins to realize just how much trouble surrounds his people's ancestral home. Guided by his sense of duty to his homeland, he agrees to help protect Dennis and other Penacooks as they stage a takeover of a state campground on land that should have reverted to their tribe. But encroaching developers, government operators, and even fellow Penacooks eager to build a casino each pose a threat to the Abenaki lands--and all have reasons to want Neptune out of the picture. Podjo greets each challenge with self-deprecating humor--but it's difficult to shake his increasingly disturbing dreams, and an unsettled feeling when his return leads to a reunion with a long-ago love interest. As he and Dennis contend with hired guns, police, and security, a far greater threat appears: someone, or something, is brutally killing people in the woods. It will take all of Neptune's skills as a martial arts fighter and the wisdom gained from tribal elders to battle the forces that threaten the sacred land--and his and his people's lives."--
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780806152073
0806152079
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BRUCHAC 2016
Characteristics: x, 209 pages ; 23 cm

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Jan 09, 2018

I don't usual go for detective stories, but I LOVE this one. For one thing, I connect on a personal level with the detective (Jacob) in this book, because of his interest in martial arts. Another thing that I like about Jacob is his sense of humor. I kept laughing out loud as I read this book. Finally, I love the way that Bruchac weaves Abenaki stories and history into Jacob's narration. (Both Bruchac and Jacob are Abenaki.) I hope that there will someday be more books about Jacob Neptune; I would gladly read them.

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