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Ledford’s fourth book is the first for you, it stands alone like every great novel in a series should.
But if you’ve read the first three, then you’ll find that as good as the others are, they were all a
giant foreshadowing for what takes place in “Causing Chaos,” when they all coming crashing
Once again, we are drawn into Inola ‘Hummingbird’ Walela’s world, the lone Cherokee
female on the Bryson City Police Department. As she recovers from the death of her partner and
physical and psychological damage, Inola prepares for her final week on the force. She will soon
join her boyfriend, Sheriff Stephen Hawk, as one of his deputies in the Swain County Sheriff’s
Inola’s last week on the job implodes when her childhood friend, Paven Nahar, breaks
out of jail where he was charged with the disappearance and probable murder of his wife Shellie.
Previously a suspect in the disappearance of three local women, known as the Qualla Ghosts,
Nahar is ‘in the wind’ again. The tribe on the rez will protect him and so it is left to the one
person that knows him the best to head up the manhunt.
Convinced of Paven’s innocence in the disappearance of the Qualla Ghosts, Inola is sure
of his innocence in the current case. When it is revealed that a local art dealer, Vandra Gudren,
and her companion, Konrad, had been at Paven’s home the evening his wife vanished, Inola’s
investigation leads her along that path. Dragged further into the case by a revelation that a past,
personal attack may have been the precursor to the all the missing women, Inola closes out her
week determined to bring all the cases to a head, no matter the consequences.
A standing round of applause for this dynamite blast of a thriller. Bravo!
I love books that linger in my mind and soul for days. That's the sign of a great story, isn't it?
Causing Chaos, by Deborah J. Ledford, is one of those books. I've listened to/read three of Ms. Ledford's novels before and always loved them. But this one really grabbed hold of my mind and heart. I do believe this author has written her most powerful novel to date.
Inola Walela is the half-Cherokee cop whose head we are in for the whole book. She's angry. Confused. Torn between two worlds. Worried about her heritage and Native American family and roots, yet devoted to her career as a policewoman. She's a dark, heroic character, full of negative thoughts, suppressing horrific memories, always angry...Yet her devotion to her childhood friend -- native name Falcon -- is deep and authentic when he is accused of his wife's disappearance and possible murder. Sure, she has doubts. She's human. She's a well-trained cop. But she does love Falcon and fights to find and help him.
I loved all the characters: Inola's solid, strong, life partner, Hawk; her feisty, mysterious grandmother with all the bad history they share; the adorable little Wren, so innocent and sweet as she flitted around Inola's grandmother's side; Traegger, Inola's adorable female partner who's about to become an FBI profiler (perfect complement to Inola's personality), but I especially loved Falcon (Paven Navar). Falcon really got to me, and I think part of it was through the brilliant narration that drew out his sense of confusion, innocence, and aching love for his missing wife.
My first impression of the narration by Christina Cox was that it was too low and dark, but in minutes I realized this is the perfect voice for Inola, It matched her thoughts perfectly, and when the new voices arrived--always consistent and always unique--I became a renewed fan of this actor. She did an outstanding job of infusing the appropriate emotion into each character, and she really seemed to link with Inola's spirit.
I'd like to thank Ms. Ledford for an outstanding listen. I received this book for free to review, but would have bought it instantly had I known about it first. Highly recommended listen/read!
Aaron Paul Lazar