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Death on the Greasy Grass

Appearances: February 2014
Kimball, Nebraska
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Thu 13 Feb 2 p.m. Kimball Public Library
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Death Along The Spirit Road

"The pacing of the novel. . . is distinctly native, something I haven't read since the departure of the old master, Tony Hillerman."
Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of
A Serpent's Tooth, latest in the Walt Longmire Mysteries
that inspired the hit A&E TV series Longmire


Death Along the Spirit Road by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Death Along the Spirit Road

by C. M. Wendelboe
(Berkley Prime Crime, 2011)

ISBN-10: 0425240029
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-24002-1
$14 Trade Paperback

Cover illustration by Richard Tuschman

First in the series.
For readers of Tony Hillerman



Eighteen years ago, FBI agent Manny Tanno thought he was leaving the impoverished Pine Ridge Reservation for good. Now a case forces him to return, digging up memories of his proud Sioux ancestry—and some family he'd rather forget.

The body of local Native land developer Jason Red Cloud is found on the site for his new resort near Pine Ridge Village. A war club is lodged in his skull, and there are clues to suggest a ritual may have been performed at the crime scene. Agent Tanno's boss orders his to return to the reservation, his former home, and solve the murder in two weeks—or he can kiss his job good-bye.

Manny arrives in Pine Ridge to find that some things haven't changed since he left. His former rival, now in charge of the tribal police, is just as bitter as ever, and he has no intention of making Manny's life easy. And the spirit of Red Cloud haunting Manny's dreams is not much help either. Now Manny is on his own in hunting down a cold-blooded killer—and one misstep could send him down the spirit road as well. . .



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Death on the Greasy Grass

"Wendelboe’s years in law enforcement lend verisimilitude to his writing, and the banter between characters adds humor."
Publishers Weekly


Death on the Greasy Grass by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Death on the Greasy Grass

by C. M. Wendelboe
(Berkley Prime Crime, 2013)

ISBN: 978-0-425-26325-9
$ 15 Trade Paperback

Cover illustration by Richard Tuschman

Third in the series.
For readers of Tony Hillerman



FBI agent Manny Tanno is taking some much needed R&R at the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn. But when a death on the reservation cuts his vacation short, he learns that the secrets of the past have a way of stirring up trouble in the present.

As a scout for the infamous General Custer, Crow tribe member Levi Star Dancer kept a journal chronicling his exploits from the Battle of the Greasy Grass onwards. Now, the missing journal has been found and the descendents of those mentioned in the account, including Levi’s own, want to keep their family secrets hidden at all costs. . .

Manny’s trip to the Crow Agency Reservation turns out to be ill-timed when a reenactor of the Battle of Little Big Horn is killed right in front of him. It turns out the victim was the one who found Levi Star Dancer’s famed diary and was planning on selling it to the highest bidder. And while the dead body is hard to miss, the coveted book is nowhere to be found. Now, Manny has to watch his back while searching for a murderer and the missing journal, because this slippery killer will do anything to make sure the past stays buried.



Death Where the Bad Rocks Live

"An exciting and quirky mystery that seamlessly shifts between past and present, offering a number of finely delineated characters and a strong sense of life on the reservation and the beauties of a hostile land."
Kirkus, Starred Review
'For books of remarkable merit, look for the Kirkus Star.'


Death Where the Bad Rocks Live by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Death Where the Bad Rocks Live

by C. M. Wendelboe
(Berkley Prime Crime, 2012)

ISBN: 978-0-425-25611-4
$ 15 Trade Paperback

Cover illustration by Richard Tuschman

Second in the series.
For readers of Tony Hillerman



FBI agent Manny Tanno thought he had left his tribe and the Pine Ridge Reservation behind him years ago. But now with a cold case unearthed in the hot desert sun, he knows that the past never really goes away.

In Badlands National Park, there is a desolate area the Lakota refer to as the Stronghold. General Custer called it hell on earth. During World War II, the Army Air Corps used it as a bombing range. At the end of the war, many unexploded ordnances were swallowed up in its sweltering sands. But that’s not all that’s buried there. . .

Some seventy years after the war, the Sioux tribe has contracted an ordnance removal company to defuse any remaining ammunition in the Stronghold. When the company finds a human arm near a live bomb, Tanno and the Tribal police are called to investigate. As the body is exhumed, two more are discovered. The remains are close together, but the murders were decades apart—and the story behind them is about to blow up. . .