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Lise McClendon
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When Native American activist Wade is accused of murdering his New Age feminist sister-in-law, art dealer and forgery expert Alix Thorssen confronts overwhelming evidence in order to find the real killer. Reprint.

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In this gripping debut, a Wyoming art expert and consultant for the FBI returns to her home state of Montana to appraise a trailer full of stolen art for the local police. The evening of Alix Thorrsen's arrival, her sister's husband is arrested for the murder of a woman named Shiloh, spiritual leader of a woman's group called the Manitou Matrix. Although Alix can't believe her brother-in-law, an anthropology teacher, would have killed Shiloh, his knife may be the murder weapon. Moreover, he admits to having had a loud argument with her the day before when, incensed that someone had cut the limbs off a tree sacred to the Native American Salish tribe, he had questioned Shiloh and her group. Taking on the job of proving his innocence, Alix gets a call from a woman asking her to authenticate a Jackson Pollock painting. When that woman is found murdered nearby, Alix discovers that the victim had also been trying to locate an artifact known as the Bluejay Shaman. Because Shiloh, too, was looking for the elusive Bluejay pictograph, Alix focuses her search on the ancient stone. Ancient rituals and the powerful Montana landscape are deftly integrated in this suspenseful tale.
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When her sexist brother-in-law, anthropology professor Wade Fraser, is jailed for killing spiritual counselor Shiloh Doris, Jackson (Wyo.) art historian Alix Thorssen puts her FBI consulting on hold to help her sister Melina. The evidence against Wade is bad medicine: He'd quarreled loudly and publicly with Shiloh, the local contact for a women's group called the Manitou Matrix, over a recent outbreak of vandalism on the Salish reservation (Manitou head Orianna Gold Flicker had finally ordered a group of followers to sit on him), and ten years earlier he was charged with assaulting Marcus Tilden, his chair at the university. Since then Tilden has gone on to earn the nickname ``Mad Dog'' by leading his female groupies in orgiastic dances as the Bluejay Shaman, half- man, half-bird. How is this weird behavior tied in to the bluejay pictograph both Shiloh and wealthy Oklahoma collector Charlotte Vardis were looking for before they were killed? Mad Dog is a piece of work, all right, but the rest of newcomer McClendon's low-profile cast, from heroine to killer, are no more substantial than tribal spirits as they run through their obligatory scenes. For regional specialists only. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing adventure Feb. 8 2014
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A kind of academic ,ethnographic Maltese Falcon with enough character plots and twists to satisfy every adventurous seeking spirit out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read March 29 2010
By M.V. - Published on
I have had this book in my TBR pile for eons. Finally got around to reading it, and really enjoyed the story and the main character. I am saddened to see the author hasn't written anything more on this series since 2001. The protag is Alix, an Art Gallery owner from Jackson Hole, WY. She comes down to help her sister, who's husband has been arrested for murder. The information in this book regarding art is very interesting, and I enjoyed reading about it. The story moves along quite nicely and wraps up pretty good. I would like to read the other books, but then knowing that this series has pretty much ended I really don't want to put my energy into getting into another series when I know it's going nowhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine story Aug. 5 2011
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I liked this mystery story very much. I wish the author liked it as much as I did. Author, this is a market not a reading group. Please get this book to an editor. Rashes of typo's, no bridges or segueing between many scenes and four glaring plot holes, makes a brutal experience for your reader. I am going to give it four stars because of the strength of the story. A couple of good edits would have made it an excellent book worth five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but... Nov. 27 2011
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I enjoy Alix Thorssen, art dealer and amateur detective. I like it very much when she describes the local landscapes and makes smart observations about various characters. But-I hate the South American boyfriend, and the books have way too many crying women, all of whom need constant mothering. This whole "by a chick for chicks" plot, present in every book, is very tedious and makes me skim that part. Jack Reacher she isn't.
I would very much like to see more mysteries, but without all the clinging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only in MT March 26 2014
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I was mostly glad for a different rez for this mystery. Seemed a little far out there but in MT who knows. I lived there for several years and enjoyed the descriptions of areas i was familiar with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bluejay Shaman Dec 16 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in Montana and keeps takes you into the outback on a hunt for an Indian artifact . I like this author.
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