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Dakota

by Gwen Florio

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Dakota by Gwen Florio
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2014
    272 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is getting a little bored in Magpie, Montana, where she landed at a small local newspaper after being downsized from her job in Kabul. Then Judith Calf Looking, a local Blackfeet girl missing for several months, turns up dead in a snowbank with a mysterious brand on her forearm. The sheriff - whose romantic relationship with Lola provides Magpie with its most delicious gossip in years - thinks Judith probably froze to death while hitch-hiking back to the reservation from wherever she'd been.

But Lola hears rumors that Judith had been working as an exotic dancer in the North Dakota oil fields, and further discovers that several Blackfeet girls, all known drug users, have gone missing over the past year. She heads out to the oil patch to check things out, only to find herself in a place where men outnumber women a hundred to one, the law looks the other way, and life - especially her own - is cheap.

Dakota shows the frightening underside of a boom-and-bust economy; of the effect on a small town when big-city money washes in, accompanied by hordes of men far from their families; of what happens when the old rules no longer apply, but the new ones are yet to be determined.

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"Starred Review. Florio succeeds with her second riveting Lola title (after Montana). Occasionally her character's knee-jerk reactions wear thin, but the hard-nosed feminine perspective is refreshing. " - Library Journal

"Disappointing...her plot quickly turns improbable, her villains and victims rapidly flatline into caricature, and her conclusion boils over into soggy cliché" - Publishers Weekly

"Despite Lola's rash tendency to engage in risky behavior when acting as an amateur sleuth, the writing is top-notch, and the action builds at just the right pace." - Kirkus

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Veteran journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shootings at Columbine High School, the trials of Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose contestants slaughter a sheep. She's reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three). The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Denver Post and the Missoulian nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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