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This is my first book by Stephen Penner and the narrator Paul Costanozo. I understand Penner is an attorney from the Seattle area who has worked both as a defense attorney and a prosecutor. What attracted me to purchase the book was a story about Native American Tribal Court in the modern world. I was a bit disappointed the author did not provide more information about tribal law and their court system, also some more information about tribal life would have been interesting.
A Native American man is found murdered in Seattle. The perpetrator is also a Native American and from the same tribe. The Tribe demands jurisdiction over the case. Brunelle, the prosecutor from Seattle, is assigned to assist the Tribal prosecutor. The defense attorney is a beautiful Native American woman who apparently is supposes to be very brilliant. She puts up a defense of Blood Revenge as the defendant killed the man who molested his niece. Now it looks as if a feud is starting and Brunelle’s life is at risk.
The book is well written. The plot is creative with some twists and turns. Most of the characters are realistic. The author has provided some humor to offset the underlying discrimination of Native Americans in the story. The court room drama is exciting. The pace is fast but I would have preferred Brunelle kept his mind on the court case and not looking at the women in the case. I felt the story had far more potential than occurred in the book so felt somewhat disappointed but I am sure if one was only looking for a “get away from it all” book this would do. Paul Costanozo did a good job narrating the story.
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