Red Power Murders: A DreadfulWater Mystery

Paperback | March 20, 2006

byThomas King

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Thumps DreadfulWater has never liked surprises—even the goodones are annoying, he thinks. So it’s no shock that a string of seeminglyrandom occurrences is causing Thumps some real discomfort. First Noah Ridge, theRed Power Native activist, arrives in Thumps’ sleepy town of Chinook. Then thebody of a retired FBI agent turns up at the local Holiday Inn. In the backgroundhovers the ghostly presence of Lucy Kettle, second in charge of the Red Powermovement, a tough woman in a tough place until her disappearance years ago. Nowthe sheriff wants Thumps to trade in his photography gig for a temporary copbeat. And it won’t be over, Thumps soon realizes, until everyone’s dead—orfamous.

Hailed by critics from his first appearance, Cherokee ex-copThumps DreadfulWater is back in rumpled but razor-sharp form, doing his laconic,comic best to avoid trouble—and catch the bad guys. Bestselling writer ThomasKing (writing as Hartley GoodWeather) has penned a second entertainingDreadfulWater mystery, injected with dry wit and biting social commentary.

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Thumps DreadfulWater has never liked surprises—even the goodones are annoying, he thinks. So it’s no shock that a string of seeminglyrandom occurrences is causing Thumps some real discomfort. First Noah Ridge, theRed Power Native activist, arrives in Thumps’ sleepy town of Chinook. Then thebody of a retired FBI agent turns up at the lo...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:March 20, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006395511

ISBN - 13:9780006395515

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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