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Winter Counts: A Novel by [David Heska Wanbli Weiden]
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One of Library Journal, CrimeReads, BuzzFeed, and BookRiot's most anticipated books of 2020!
"Winter Counts is both a propulsive crime novel and a wonderfully informative book. David Heska Wanbli Weiden has written the first of what I hope is a series of books about life on Rosebud Reservation. Virgil Wounded Horse, his nephew Nathan, and Marie Short Bear are more than characters; they brim with intrigue and authentic life."
--Louise Erdrich, author of The Night Watchman
"Winter Counts is a terrific debut--tight and tense, hard-eyed and big-hearted. David Heska Wanbli Weiden's main character, Virgil Wounded Horse, is as compelling, complex, and sharply observed as the world he inhabits."
--Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone
"One part gritty procedural, one part hard-edged literature, Winter Counts is more than a novel--it's a testament in napalm you won't be able to put down because it burns and holds fast."
--Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries
"I've been waiting most of my life for this book without realizing it. Winter Counts is a knowing, authentic, closely observed novel about modern-day Lakotas that rings absolutely true, warts and all. The sense of place is breathtaking and raw. It's a hell of a debut."
--C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Long Range
"A stone-cold thriller with a soul and a politics--compelling and complex. A gripping crime story perfectly married to bigger questions about race and place and American violence." 
   -- David Treuer, author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
"Winter Counts drops the hammer on page one and never lets up, until you're not sure if that's the drums in the story or your heart in your chest pounding."
   -- Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians and Mongrels
"WINTER COUNTS is a hell of a gripping debut, perfectly plotted, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden is a major new voice in crime fiction, indigenous fiction, and American literature."  
-Benjamin Percy, author of Suicide Woods and The Dark Net

"David Heska Wanbli Weiden announces himself as a formidable new voice in crime fiction. The images haunt, the action crackles, and Virgil Wounded Horse makes a lasting impression as he knuckles his way through a heroin ring that threatens life as he knows it on his South Dakota reservation. WINTER COUNTS is a heartfelt page-turner with compelling characters, keen cultural insight, and a climax unlike any I've read before."  -Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay
"WINTER COUNTS is a gripping, richly textured thriller and an urgent dispatch from Indian Country. Crimes are solved, violence happens, and Virgil Wounded Horse, a hard-fisted, big-hearted, irresistible Lakota enforcer, guides us through the complicated realities of contemporary Native life on and off the reservation. Weiden writes with impressive authority and insight in this entirely original, enlightening, cliché-destroying novel."  
-James A. McLaughlin, author of the Edgar Award-winning Bearskin Review

An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: Virgil Wounded Horse has lost many things: his parents, his sobriety, his dignity, his beloved sister, and Marie, the woman he loves. Sober again, living on the Rosebud Reservation, he lives among his people but turns his back on their traditions. Half-Lakota, half-white, the taunts of “half-breed” still ring in his ears. He’s raising his teenage nephew Nathan, but ekes out a less than family-friendly living by charging money to rough up tribespeople whose crimes have been ignored by the federal government. So when Marie’s dad, a tribal councilman, offers him a big payday to go to Colorado and deliver justice to a fellow Lakota who’s bringing heroin back to the “rez,” Virgil can’t turn his back on that kind of money. But then Nathan overdoses on heroin, and is later arrested, and Virgil suddenly has more skin in the game than he ever wanted. He will need to fight for stakes way higher than the next payday, and he can’t do it alone. Thought-provoking and suspenseful, uplifting and heartbreaking, moving and brutal, Winter Counts is a thriller that delivers so much more than the word thriller promises. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 1692 KB
  • Publication Date : August 25, 2020
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0062968955
  • Publisher : Ecco (August 25, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B081ZJP3JG
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 287 ratings

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