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In this gripping debut, a Wyoming art expert and consultant for the FBI returns to her home state of Montana to appraise a trailer full of stolen art for the local police. The evening of Alix Thorrsen's arrival, her sister's husband is arrested for the murder of a woman named Shiloh, spiritual leader of a woman's group called the Manitou Matrix. Although Alix can't believe her brother-in-law, an anthropology teacher, would have killed Shiloh, his knife may be the murder weapon. Moreover, he admits to having had a loud argument with her the day before when, incensed that someone had cut the limbs off a tree sacred to the Native American Salish tribe, he had questioned Shiloh and her group. Taking on the job of proving his innocence, Alix gets a call from a woman asking her to authenticate a Jackson Pollock painting. When that woman is found murdered nearby, Alix discovers that the victim had also been trying to locate an artifact known as the Bluejay Shaman. Because Shiloh, too, was looking for the elusive Bluejay pictograph, Alix focuses her search on the ancient stone. Ancient rituals and the powerful Montana landscape are deftly integrated in this suspenseful tale.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When her sexist brother-in-law, anthropology professor Wade Fraser, is jailed for killing spiritual counselor Shiloh Doris, Jackson (Wyo.) art historian Alix Thorssen puts her FBI consulting on hold to help her sister Melina. The evidence against Wade is bad medicine: He'd quarreled loudly and publicly with Shiloh, the local contact for a women's group called the Manitou Matrix, over a recent outbreak of vandalism on the Salish reservation (Manitou head Orianna Gold Flicker had finally ordered a group of followers to sit on him), and ten years earlier he was charged with assaulting Marcus Tilden, his chair at the university. Since then Tilden has gone on to earn the nickname ``Mad Dog'' by leading his female groupies in orgiastic dances as the Bluejay Shaman, half- man, half-bird. How is this weird behavior tied in to the bluejay pictograph both Shiloh and wealthy Oklahoma collector Charlotte Vardis were looking for before they were killed? Mad Dog is a piece of work, all right, but the rest of newcomer McClendon's low-profile cast, from heroine to killer, are no more substantial than tribal spirits as they run through their obligatory scenes. For regional specialists only. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 789 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
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  • Publisher: Thalia Press (April 2, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0019UN980
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The new one is a Bennett Sisters novella - Give Him the Ooh-la-la! (Dec 2014) Merle and Pascal in New York City for the holidays, drag queens, wine, and misadventures!

The sequel to Blackbird Fly is here! The Girl in the Empty Dress finds Merle Bennett back in France, this time with all four of her sisters plus one friend. The friend, a law colleague of one sister, is moody and secretive and the Bennetts don't warm toward her. When she finds an injured dog along the roadside and determines to keep it, the walking tour of the Dordogne takes a dark and dangerous turn. Who is this dog everyone is after? And who is Gillian Sargent, the friend no one knows?

So exciting to be back in France again with the sisters. I did my own walking tour of France in 2012. It was much less exciting, but no more delightful, than the story told in The Girl in the Empty Dress.
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Lise McClendon writes fiction from her home in Montana. She is the author of twelve novels, short stories, and articles. In 1997 she wrote and directed the short film, The Hoodoo Artist, featured at the Telluride Indiefest. She has served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers/North America. She is on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and co-presents a novel workshop for writers.

Lise also writes under the pseudonym Rory Tate. Jump Cut (2011) and PLAN X (2013) are by Rory Tate.

"After thirty years writing fiction has become as necessary as breathing. Finding the essential story in the novel, chipping away the rock until the solid core is revealed, is an adventure and a joy."

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M.V. VINE VOICE on March 29, 2010
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I have had this book in my TBR pile for eons. Finally got around to reading it, and really enjoyed the story and the main character. I am saddened to see the author hasn't written anything more on this series since 2001. The protag is Alix, an Art Gallery owner from Jackson Hole, WY. She comes down to help her sister, who's husband has been arrested for murder. The information in this book regarding art is very interesting, and I enjoyed reading about it. The story moves along quite nicely and wraps up pretty good. I would like to read the other books, but then knowing that this series has pretty much ended I really don't want to put my energy into getting into another series when I know it's going nowhere.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SPRock on August 5, 2011
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I liked this mystery story very much. I wish the author liked it as much as I did. Author, this is a market not a reading group. Please get this book to an editor. Rashes of typo's, no bridges or segueing between many scenes and four glaring plot holes, makes a brutal experience for your reader. I am going to give it four stars because of the strength of the story. A couple of good edits would have made it an excellent book worth five.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Owens on November 27, 2011
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I enjoy Alix Thorssen, art dealer and amateur detective. I like it very much when she describes the local landscapes and makes smart observations about various characters. But-I hate the South American boyfriend, and the books have way too many crying women, all of whom need constant mothering. This whole "by a chick for chicks" plot, present in every book, is very tedious and makes me skim that part. Jack Reacher she isn't.
I would very much like to see more mysteries, but without all the clinging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie C. Schaafsma on May 28, 2013
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This mystery kept me on my toes. It had many twists and turns. I liked the insights about how our upbringing molds us into the adults we become. Having visited Missoula, Montana in the past, I really loved the setting of the story and the Indian information throughout. I also liked the inner conflict between being an independent woman who can stand on her own, and a human being who needs other people inherent life to connect with and love. I was surprised to find myself drawn to read on and on, regardless of the time. I literally read until I fell asleep, reading! Great story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neonsky on March 26, 2014
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I was mostly glad for a different rez for this mystery. Seemed a little far out there but in MT who knows. I lived there for several years and enjoyed the descriptions of areas i was familiar with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N K Hill on April 2, 2013
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When I started this book I was not sure I was going to stick with it. But it got better and better and I loved it. Will seek more of McClendon's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosanna Sutton on December 16, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in Montana and keeps takes you into the outback on a hunt for an Indian artifact . I like this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Nash on July 11, 2013
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Good characters in an interesting setting. And a really interesting and unique plot. Look forward to more from this author.
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