Dakota

Dakota

Book - 2014
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Former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is getting a little bored in Magpie, Montana, where she landed at a small local newspaper after being downsized from her job in Kabul. Then Judith Calf Looking, a local Blackfeet girl missing for several months, turns up dead in a snowbank with a mysterious brand on her forearm. The sheriff - whose romantic relationship with Lola provides Magpie with its most delicious gossip in years - thinks Judith probably froze to death while hitch-hiking back to the reservation from wherever she'd been. But Lola hears rumors that Judith had been working as an exotic dancer in the North Dakota oil fields, and further discovers that several Blackfeet girls, all known drug users, have gone missing over the past year. She heads out to the oil patch to check things out, only to find herself in a place where men outnumber women a hundred to one, the law looks the other way, and life - especially her own - is cheap. Dakota shows the frightening underside of a boom-and-bust economy; of the effect on a small town when big-city money washes in, accompanied by hordes of men far from their families; of what happens when the old rules no longer apply, but the new ones are yet to be determined.
Publisher: Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9781579623623
157962362X
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 23 cm

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athena14
Aug 28, 2014

SPOILER:

On page 14, at a crime scene surrounded by locals, reporter Lola "outs" her sexual relationship with Sheriff Charlie. In doing so, she destroys her credibility as a journalist. This was so unbelievable that I gave up on the book.

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rpavlacic
Aug 21, 2014

Battle hardened investigative reporter Lola Wicks returns, this time hunting down the whereabouts of Native American women who have gone missing in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. Well written book, with insights into the controversial process of fracking; as well a quite surprising ending for the protagonist.

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Aug 21, 2014

rpavlacic thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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