The Red Power Murders: A DreadfulWater Mystery by Thomas KingThe Red Power Murders: A DreadfulWater Mystery by Thomas King

The Red Power Murders: A DreadfulWater Mystery

byThomas King

Paperback | March 20, 2006

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From the bestselling author of The Back of the Turtle and The Inconvenient Indian comes a wry and irreverent mystery

Thumps DreadfulWater has never liked surprises—even the good ones are annoying. So it’s no shock that a string of seemingly random occurrences is causing Thumps some real discomfort. First Noah Ridge, the Red Power Native activist, arrives in Thumps’ sleepy town of Chinook. Then the body of a retired FBI agent turns up at the local Holiday Inn. In the background hovers the ghostly presence of Lucy Kettle, second-in-charge of the Red Power movement, a tough woman in a tough place until her disappearance years ago. Now the sheriff wants Thumps to trade in his photography gig for a temporary cop beat. And it won’t be over, Thumps soon realizes, until everyone’s dead—or famous.

Hailed by critics in his first appearance, Cherokee ex-cop Thumps DreadfulWater is back in rumpled but razor-sharp form, doing his laconic, comic best to avoid trouble—and catch the bad guys. Bestselling writer Thomas King has penned a second entertaining DreadfulWater mystery, injected with the author’s characteristic dry wit and biting social commentary.


THOMAS KING is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, children’s writer, scriptwriter and photographer. Recently appointed to the Order of Canada, Thomas King has been recognized with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western American Literary Association. He is a professor of Eng...
Title:The Red Power Murders: A DreadfulWater MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:March 20, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006395511

ISBN - 13:9780006395515


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A clever mystery The main character in Thomas King's The Red Power Murders is Thumps Dreadfulwater. A wonderful character with an imaginative name, Thumps is an ex-cop turned photographer. The action begins when Noah Ridge, head of the Red Power Native movement, stops in town while on a publicity tour for his latest book. When the body of a retired FBI agent is discovered, the local sheriff brings in Thumps to investigate. He arrives and quickly realizes that Noah's assistant at the Red Power Native movement is his old friend, Dakota. Noah had helped Dakota out of a bad situation and here she was back in another one. After Noah is beaten up, Thumps is ready to quit for the hundredth time. The long ago disappearance of Lucy Kettle, second in charge at Red Power has to be resolved before the body count increases. Thumps is amusing and clever as he tries to untangle the web of seemingly random crimes. He is a very 'laid-back' investigator who really does not want the job. This is a mystery with all the best components: murder, money,notoriety and power. Through it all Thumps maintains his wit. I thoroughly enjoyed my adventure with Thumps and will look forward to encountering him again
Date published: 2006-06-11

Editorial Reviews

“Whimsical and wry, large-hearted and at times laugh out loud funny, but with an underlying gravitas and significance.”