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Starred Review. Fans of the late Tony Hillerman will embrace Ault's outstanding third mystery to feature Jamaica Wild, a resource agent for the Bureau of Land Management in Taos, N.M. (after 2008's Wild Inferno). When Jamaica seeks shelter during a blizzard in Pueblo Peña at the abandoned San Pedro de Arbués Indian School for her injured horse, Rooster, and her wolf companion, Mountain, she stumbles on a terrifying sight—the frozen corpse of Cassie Morgan, a strangled Anglo woman from whose neck hangs a sign in red crayon that reads I am not an Indian. Though Jamaica is horrified to learn that Cassie was a former school matron remembered for depriving, humiliating, and beating the Indian children, she continues to help the FBI investigation into what is deemed a hate crime. Outraged by Jamaica's interference, the twisted killer targets both Jamaica and Mountain. Ault's wildlife expertise and knowledge of Tanoah culture enhance a poignant plot. (Mar.)
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Fans of the late Tony Hillerman will embrace Ault's outstanding third mystery to feature Jamaica Wild, a resource agent for the Bureau of Land Management in Taos, N.M. (after 2008's Wild Inferno). When Jamaica seeks shelter during a blizzard in Pueblo Peña at the abandoned San Pedro de Arbués Indian School for her injured horse, Rooster, and her wolf companion, Mountain, she stumbles on a terrifying sight-the frozen corpse of Cassie Morgan, a strangled Anglo woman from whose neck hangs a sign in red crayon that reads "I am not an Indian." Though Jamaica is horrified to learn that Cassie was a former school matron "remembered for depriving, humiliating, and beating the Indian children," she continues to help the FBI investigation into what is deemed a hate crime. Outraged by Jamaica's interference, the twisted killer targets both Jamaica and Mountain. Ault's wildlife expertise and knowledge of Tanoah culture enhance a poignant plot.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425225836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425225837
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandi Ault is the critically-acclaimed, bestselling, award-winning author of The WILD Mystery Series. Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the WILLA Award for Literary Excellence, two SPUR Finalist Awards and more, Ms. Ault is a sought-after speaker, lecturer, and writing teacher and workshop facilitator. Her standing-room-only tours and sellout performances and workshops are a favorite with fans of the West, the Wild, Wolves, the Indigenous people of North America, and those who love great writing. Sandi Ault lives and writes in the WILD West along with loving companions: a husband, a wolf, and a Missouri wildcat. Visit Sandi Ault on the web at www.SandiAult.com and follow her on Facebook or Twitter @sandiault.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Miller on March 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Any writer who deals with either a novel or short story series (or both) knows that their primary characters speak to them--live with them, day and night! After reading WILD SORROW, the third in Sandi Ault's WILD series, it's clear she suffers (marvelously) with this affliction. Aptly named, her protagonist, BLM Agent Jamaica Wild, expresses both a laid back beauty inspired by that Caribbean isle, plus a tempestuous side equal to the untamed wilderness she patrols.
In WILD SORROW, Sandi crafts a heartfelt tale as she and Jamaica escort readers from the fast-paced action of their last adventure, Wild Inferno, back to the Tanoah Pueblo, with its unique cast of characters and culture the two gals have obviously come to love. It's Christmas, and the Pueblo is alive with festivities, both public and private; a time for body and soul cleansing celebration. But for Jamaica Wild--as the book title implies--it's also a time of sorrows; three that track throughout the novel: Jamaica's efforts to rescue a wounded mountain lion and her kittens faced with certain death if the BLM agent can't save them; Jamaica's haunting discovery and enigmatic journey into a bi-cultural past that humbles and humiliates both Indians and whites; and Jamaica's struggle with her beloved pet, and constant companion, Mountain, now an adult wolf, too often expressing his naturally wild tendencies. Entwine these conflicts within a murder mystery that pits Jamaica's tenacity to know the truth against a vengeful assailant who desperately wants to include her on the victim list and you've got one heck of a good read, a page-turner whodunit packed with put-you-in-the-scene description of the high-dry New Mexican landscape and the people who call it home. Ah-h-h, it's good to be back. Wonder what the gals have in store for their next adventure? Whatever it is, you know it'll be WILD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth B. Ingram on January 30, 2010
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Jamaica and her wolf are trapped in a snow storm at an abandoned school in the wilderness of a reservation. She finds an injured cougar and a dead woman although not in the same places. The dead woman has an unpleasant history with the Indians on the reservation. Jamaica gives us a wide introduction to the Indian lifestyle from the female point of view something that has been missing for a long time. She gives us all an insight into the Indian life and styles and way of thinking that I did not expect and presented all of this with a entrancing mystery that did not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margiemac on April 9, 2013
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I like the southwest mystery genre, and Jamaica Wild is a fun character. This book looses credibility I think because the main character has a life threatening physical encounter every day of the week while she is solving the mystery. It becomes unbelievable that she can be beat up so many times, and I think it makes it like a TV drama. There are only so many bruises a person can accumulate in a week and keep going, even if you are Jamaica Wild.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. England on September 12, 2009
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This is the 3rd book in the "Wild" series. Written with a real knowledge of the Pueblos, and their customs, gives a real insight for their cultures. One book a year is just not enough. Keep up the great writing Sandi!
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By Minna on July 27, 2015
Format: Paperback
I now need to go search and visit to discover if there really was such a setting near Taos as depicted in the story.
Ault's stories describe many of the places I know and enjoy in the Taos area.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Marcus on August 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book by this author that I have read. I do intend to read the others. I enjoyed most of this book. However, it seems the author was trying to convince us of Jamaica Wild's stupidity or naivety. She was set upon and injured once, twice, three times. Any normal person after twice would be exceedingly cautious in not putting herself in a situation where harm could come to her. Most law enforcement and I assume, ranger people would be cautious after attack number one. So, having Jamaica put herself in iffy situations which ended up with her being injured three times without letting anyone know where she was and what she was walking into stretches the limits of probability. It does help the story along, but there had to be a better way. I like this character and hate seeing portrayed as someone who gets into trouble unthinkingly, not once or twice, but three times. Come on, Ms. Ault, give Jamaica her due as a strong, smart woman without such a contrived story line.
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