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When local farmer Carroll Calhoun threatens to bulldoze a sacred Choctaw mound in Neshoba County, Mississippi, archaeologist Faye Longchamp, her friend Joe Wolf Mantooth, and members of the Choctaw nation race to defend their heritage, sparking a confrontation between Native American activists and locals that leads to Calhoun's murder.

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2007 - Florida Book Award Bronze Medal Winner

"As an archeological tour alone the book would be worth reading, but it's the fascinating and complex characters that give the story life and vibrancy." —Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author

Faye Longchamp and Joe Wolf Mantooth have traveled to Neshoba County, Mississippi, to help excavate a site near Nanih Waiya, the sacred mound where tradition says the Choctaw nation was born. When farmer Carroll Calhoun refuses the archaeologists' request to investigate an ancient Native American mound, Faye and her colleagues are disappointed. But his next action breaks their hearts: he tries to bulldoze the huge relic to the ground.

Later Calhoun is found dead, his throat sliced with a handmade stone blade. Was he killed by an archaeologist angered by his wanton destruction of history? Did a Choctaw take up arms to defend an embattled heritage? Did someone decide to even the score with an old rival?

Publisher: Scottsdale, Ariz. : Poisoned Pen, 2006.
ISBN: 9781590583425
Characteristics: 301 p. : map ; 23 cm.


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Jun 26, 2018

I am just not a fan of Mary Anna Evans--and it horrifies me that she is teaching writing courses at a university. I didn't like Floodgates, I really hated Strangers so much I couldn't finish it. I plowed through this one thinking it might get better. it didn't. These may be alright for "young adults" as long as they are really young or poor readers, but they are much too boring and stilted fro any child who has read Harry Potter. The paternalistic attitude toward Native Americans who are just so much more in tune with nature shouldn't be acceptable in the 21st Century.


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