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Tony Hillerman may have popularized the field of mysteries featuring Native American sleuths, with his Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn novels, but he is hardly the only author writing in this increasingly diverse subgenre. This booklist highlights recent series in the Lincoln City Libraries' fiction collection in this category, primarily focusing on books published from the 1980s to the present, but with a few prominent older titles thrown in for good measure. All of the following titles which are hotlinked are owned by the library system, and clicking on the hotlink will take you to that title's entry in our on-line catalog, where you can find more information about the book, including reviews and brief plot descriptions for many titles. This is by no means intended to be an exhaustive list, but is representative of the many mystery novels featuring Native American Indian protagonists.

Book Cover  Sherman Alexie
Indian Killer [1998] standalone
Book Cover  Peter Bowen
Gabriel DuPre, Metis, amateur detective
Coyote Wind [1994]
Specimen Song [1995]
Wolf, No Wolf [1996]
Notches [1997]
Thunder Horse [1998]
Long Son [1999]
The Stick Game [2000]
Cruzatte and Maria [2001]
Ash Child [2002]
Badlands [2003]
The Tumbler [2004]
Stewball [2006]
Nails [2006]
Book Cover  Sinclair Browning
Trade Ellis, half Apache private investigator
Last Song Dogs [1999]
The Sporting Club [2000]
Rode Hard, Put Away Dead [2000]
Crack Shot [2002]
Traggedy Ann [2003]
Book Cover  Margaret Coel
Vicky Holden, an Arapaho lawyer
The Eagle Catcher [1995]
The Ghost Walker [1996]
The Dream Stalker [1997]
The Story Teller [1998]
The Lost Bird [1999]
The Spirit Woman [2000]
The Thunder Keeper [2001]
The Shadow Dancer [2002]
Killing Raven [2003]
Wife of Moon [2004]
Eye of the Wolf [2005]
The Drowning Man [2006]
The Girl With Braided Hair [2007]
Book Cover  David Cole
Laura Winslow, Hopi detective
Butterfly Lost [2000]
The Killing Maze [2001]
Stalking Moon [2002]
Scorpion Rain [2002]
Dragonfly Bones [2003]
Shadow Play [2004]
Falling Down [2005]
Book Cover  James D. Doss
Charlie Moon, Ute tribal policeman
The Shaman Sings [1994]
The Shaman Laughs [1995]
The Shaman's Bones [1997]
The Shaman's Game [1998]
The Night Visitor [1999]
Grandmother Spider [2001]
White Shell Woman [2002]
Dead Soul [2003]
Witch's Tongue [2004]
Shadow Man [2005]
Stone Butterfly [2006]
Three Sisters [2007]
Snake Dreams [2008]
Book Cover  Brian Garfield
Sam Watchman, Navajo Arizona state trooper
Relentless [1972]
Threepersons Hunt [2000]
Book Cover  Kathleen O'Neal Gear
ancient Anasazi mysteries featuring archeologist Dusty Stewart
The Visitant [1999]
The Summoning God [2000]
Bone Walker [2001]
Book Cover  Micah S. Hackler
Gabe Hanna, Navajo/Apache deputy sheriff
Legend of the Dead [1995]
Coyote Returns [1996]
The Dark Canyon [1997]
The Shadow Catcher [1997]
Book Cover  Jean Hager
Mitch Bushyhead, Chief of Police, Oklahoma Cherokee
Grandfather Medicine [1989]
Night Walker [1990]
Ghostland [1992]
The Fire Carrier [1996]
Masked Dancers [1998]
Molly BearPaw, tribal investigator, Oklahoma Cherokee
Ravenmocker [1992]
The Redbird's Cry [1994]
Seven Black Stones [1995]
The Spirit Caller [1997]
Book Cover  Daniel Hecht
Cree Black, parapsychologist/detective
City of Masks [2003]
Land of Echoes [2004]
Bones of the Barbary Coast [2006]
(other titles available through Interlibrary Loan)
Book Cover  Tony Hillerman
Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, Navajo police
The Blessing Way [1970]
Dance Hall of the Dead [1973]
Listening Woman [1978]
People of the Darkness [1980]
Dark Wind [1982]
Ghost Way [1984]
Skinwalkers [1986]
A Thief of Time [1988]
Talking God [1989]
Coyote Waits [1990]
Sacred Clowns [1993]
The Fallen Man [1996]
The First Eagle [1998]
Hunting Badger [1999]
The Wailing Wind [2002]
The Sinister Pig [2003]
Skeleton Man [2004]
Shape Shifter [2006]
Book Cover  Richard Hoyt
John Denson P.I. series -- Denson's partner, Willie Prettybird, is a Shaman of the Cowlitz tribe
Decoys [1980]
Thirty for a Harry [1981]
The Siskiyou [1983]
Fish Story [1985]
Whoo? [1991]
Bigfoot [1993]
Snake Eyes [1995]
The Weatherman's Daughter [2003]
Pony Girls [2004]
Book Cover  Wayne Douglas Johnson
Paul Two Persons, Chippewa, fishing guide/amateur detective
Don't Think Twice [1999]
Six Crooked Highways [2000]
Book Cover  Stan Jones
Nathan Active, Eskimo state trooper
White Sky, Black Ice [1999]
Shaman Pass [2003]
Frozen Sun [2008]
Book Cover  William Kent Krueger
Cork O'Connor, a half-Anishinaabe private investigator
Iron Lake [1998]
Boundary Waters [1999]
Purgatory Ridge [2001]
Blood Hollow [2004]
Mercy Falls [2005]
Copper River [2006]
Thunder Bay [2007]
Red Knife [2008]
Book Cover  Mercedes Lackey
Jennifer Tall Deer, Osage private investigator
Sacred Ground [1995]
Book Cover  Christopher Lane
Ray Attla, Inupiat Eskimo detective
Elements of a Kill [1998]
Season of Death [1999]
A Shroud of Midnight Sun [2000]
Book Cover  Mardi Oakley Medawar
Tay-Bodal, Kiowa healer, set in 1870s
Death of Rainy Mountain [1996]
Witch of the Palo Duro [1997]
Murder at Medicine Lodge [1999]
The Ft. Larned Incident [2000]
Police Chief David Lameraux and Karen Charboneau, Chippewa tracker
People of the Whistling Waters [1993]
Remembering the Osage Kid [1997]
The Misty Hills of Home [1998]
Murder on the Red Cliff Rez [2002]
Book Cover  John Miles
Johnelle "Johnnie" Baker, Choctaw sheriff
Tenoclock Scholar [1995]
Book Cover  Kirk Mitchell
Emmett Quanah Parker, Comanche, tribal investigator
Cry Dance [1999]
Spirit Sickness [2000]
Ancient Ones [2001]
Sky Woman Falling [2003]
Dance of the Thunder Dogs [2004]
Book Cover  Louis Owens [1948-2002]
The Sharpest Sight [1992] (Mundo Morales, Choctaw, police officer)
Bone Game [1994] (Cole McCurtain, Choctaw, teacher - sequel to The Sharpest Sight)
Nightland [1996] (Will Strike/Billy Keene, Cherokee)
Dark River [1999] (E-book edition only)
Book Cover  Jake Page
Mo Bowdre, a blind Hopi sculptor
The Stolen Gods [1993]
The Deadly Canyon [1994]
The Knotted Strings [1995]
The Lethal Partner [1996]
A Certain Malice [1998]
Book Cover  Thomas Perry
Jane Whitefield, a Seneca guide, helps crime victims disappear
Vanishing Act [1994]Dance for the Dead [1996]
Shadow Woman [1997]
Face-Changers [1998]
Blood Money [1999]
Runner [2009]
Book Cover  Ronald B. Querry
medical thrillers with different characters in each novel
Death of Bernadette Lefthand [1993]
Bad Medicine [1998]
Book Cover  William Sanders
Taggart Roper, Cherokee, part-time writer, part-time private investigator
The Next Victim [1993]
A Death on 66 [1994]
Blood Autumn [1995]
Book Cover  Dana Stabenow
Kate Shugak, Aleut Indian investigator
A Cold Day for Murder [1992]
A Fatal Thaw [1993]
Dead in the Water [1993]
A Cold-Blooded Business [1994]
Play With Fire [1995]
Blood Will Tell [1996]
Breakup [1997]
Killing Grounds [1998]
Hunter's Moon [1999]
Midnight Come Again [2000]
The Singing of the Dead [2001]
A Fine and Bitter Snow [2002]
Grave Denied [2003]
A Taint in the Blood [YEAR]
A Deeper Sleep [YEAR]
Whisper to the Blood [YEAR]
Book Cover  Naomi M. Stokes
M. Jordan Tidewater, Quinault, tribal sheriff
The Tree People [1995]
The Listening Ones [1997]
Book Cover  John Straley
Cecil Younger, a Tlingit private investigator
The Woman Who Married a Bear [1992]
The Curious Eat Themselves [1993]
The Music of What Happens [1996]
Death and the Language of Happiness [1997]
The Angels Will Not Care [1998]
Cold Water Burning [2001]
Book Cover  Mark T. Sullivan
standalones
The Purification Ceremony [1997]
Ghost Dance [1999]
Book Cover  Aimee Thurlo
Ella Clah, Navajo, FBI agent
Blackening Song [1995]
Death Walker [1996]
Bad Medicine [1997]
Enemy Way [1998]
Shooting Chant [2000]
Red Mesa [2001]
Changing Woman [2002]
Tracking Bear [2003]
Plant Them Deep [2003]
Wind Spirit [2004]
White Thunder [2005]
Mourning Dove [2006]
Turquoise Girl [2007]
Coyote's Wife [2008]
Book Cover  J.F. Trainor
Angela Biwaban, Anishinabe/Chippewa, amateur detective
Target for Murder [1993]
Corona Blue [1994]
High Country Murder [1995]
Book Cover  Scott Young
Matthew Kitologitak, Inuk/Inuit member of the Canadian Mounties
Murder in a Cold Climate [1988]
The Shaman's Knife [1993]

printed booklist coming soon -- rs
Adapted for the web December 2005 rs/sdc
last updated March 2009 rs/sdc

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