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Causing Chaos (Inola Walela/Steven Hawk Suspense Series) (Volume 4) Paperback – March 23, 2015
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"Standing round of applause for this dynamic blast of a thriller." ~ Suspense Magazine
About the Author
DEBORAH J LEDFORD is the Award-Winning author of the Inola Walela and Steven Hawk psychological suspense thriller series, including: CAUSING CHAOS, CRESCENDO, STACCATO, and the Hillerman Sky Award Finalist SNARE. Also a screenwriter, she is president of IOF Productions Ltd and producer of CAUSING CHAOS and CRESCENDO, the 2016 and 2014 Anthony Award Nominees for Best Audiobook. As well, an Agatha Award Winner, and three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Part Eastern Band Cherokee, Deborah spent her summers growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina where her novels are set. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and two awesome Aussies. DeborahJLedford.com
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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!
The story begins in blood, "Red streaks on the lower cabinets, an overturned chair, the oven door. An arc of crimson, the entire height of one wall."
While Cherokee artist Paven Nahar works in his studio, his wife Shellie argues with two art dealers in the couple's house who insist on acquiring the sculpture in progress. When Paven returns to the house later, he finds a bloody kitchen, a shattered pottery urn and no sign of his wife.
Paven, who is soon on the run, quickly becomes the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance and presumed murder. Inola "Hummingbird" Walela, the only Cherokee in the Bryson City police department is tasked with the capture of the man who was her closest childhood friend.
The story is also defined by blood, blood as represented by the often conflicting love and drama within a family, and blood as a force of heritage and loyalty for members of the Cherokee Nation. Walela's case is potentially related to an unsolved series "Qualla Ghosts" cases of missing women on tribal lands. This increases the pressure on Walela while ramping up the suspense for readers.
While each novel in this very cohesive series has developed the characters of Walela and her boyfriend Steven Hawk, "Causing Chaos" belongs to Hummingbird in every possible way. While the novel is aptly categorized as a police procedural and thriller, it is also a deeply personal story for Walela as multiple layers of her past and her family/tribal relationships come to light. Among these is a childhood incident, a source of nightmares and latent fears, that may somehow be related to the fate of Paven and Shellie and to the puzzling Qualla Ghost cases.
"Causing Chaos" is a cop story with great depth and a heartbreaking psychological undertow.