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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Crime (TRD); 1 edition (Jan. 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425213692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425213698
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,624,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Terrific Read! Feb. 11 2007
By J. Grebe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With Wild Indigo, Sandi Ault has managed to combine a gripping story whose vivid characters fairly leap from the page with a fascinating look at Pueblo culture. And as icing on the cake, at least for dog lovers, she gives us one of the most memorable literary canines I can recall, descriptions of whom are so heartfelt that he must surely be based on a real and much-loved wolf/dog. I await impatiently the next in what I hope will be a long series of Jamaica Wild books.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A voyage into native culture March 14 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the wild and majestic beauty of northern New Mexico, Sandi Ault takes you on a journey into Native American Culture delving into the mysteries, spells, potions and idiosyncrasies of the Tiwa tribe of the fictional Tanoah Pueblo, located a few hours north of Taos, New Mexico.

Jamaica Wild is an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. When she happens upon Jerome Santana, a local Tiwa, standing stoically in the midst of a herd of corralled male buffalo, she instinctively knows the situation is potentially deadly. The buffalo, tense and skittish with the human in their presence, are moments away from stampede. As Wild continues to lure Santana away, the herd spooks and Santana is trampled to death.

Thus begins Jamaica Wild's voyage into the depths of Tiwa culture within the Tanoah Pueblo, and her exposure to a life foreign to her own. With the help of Momma Anna, an old Tiwa woman to guide her, Wild is gradually exposed to the customs and closely guarded ceremonies that ancient traditions requires of the tribe after the death of a tribe member.

Throughout it all Wild feels there is something amiss. Though not a trained investigator her gut tells her she must dig deeper to uncover the truth. She is deflected by the members of the pueblo at nearly every turn. The help she does receive is cryptic and beyond her knowledge. When she attempts to clarify it with the few members of the pueblo willing to talk, she is thrown off the trail with threats the Tiwa see clearly, but Wild neither perceives nor understands.

The author has crafted an intricately woven web of deceit and mystery that lead into a culture that very will ever be exposed. Her research is extensive, although the characters are fictional, her knowledge of the culture and the location is vividly expressed in her writing. The characters are genuine, the scenes are set dramatically set and wonderfully crafted.

Armchair Interviews says: If you are looking for a mystery that has car chases, lots of weaponry and hard-nosed detective work, Wild Indigo is not for you. If you want a great piece of literature that also includes a mystery, this is your next book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I want my own Momma Anna! Feb. 6 2007
By K. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Industry reviews and customer reviews appear to all be in agreement: WILD
INDIGO is an exciting, high-paced, beautifully crafted book. But, what I love most about the book goes beyond being an exciting novel.

Ms. Ault clearly has spent so much time researching this book, and clearly has such a love for the Pueblo Indians, that it is contagious to the reader. This book has inspired me to visit an area I previously knew nothing about and to study a people I barely knew existed. I feel as magnetically drawn to this mysterious tribe as the main character, Jamaica Wild, does. I want to have my own "Momma Anna". At the same time, the author really conveys the theme of leaving the People alone and giving them their privacy, leaving me wanting to learn more, but from a respectful distance.

There are hundreds of high-quality, exciting novels on the market today. But, over time, the memory of plot details begin to fade. One thing that cannot fade is an interest and passion, and a desire to research and learn more. This was something that WILD INDIGO provides that most novels do not.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wild Indigo is fantastic Jan. 20 2007
By Sandra Patterson-Slaydon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sandi Ault's Wild Indigo is mesmerizing from the tragically mysterious beginning to the gripping on-the-edge-of-your-seat ending. Ms. Ault walks the reader directly into the breath taking vistas of Northern Mew Mexico and onto the fictional Tonoah Indian Pueblo with her incredible visuals. She expertly weaves the intricate tale of a Bureau of Land Management agent, Jamaica Wild, her heart rending relationship to her wolf pup, Mountain, adoptive pueblo family, and an ancient Hispanic spell casting healer. While the mystery around the death of one of the natives and disappearance of two others unfolds, we experience first hand pueblo life interwoven with a profound mystical belief system. Wild Indigo is a deeply felt, page turning glimpse into a world few of us would otherwise be privey to.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A mystery of unusual depth and insight Jan. 18 2007
By Chris T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sandi Ault's Wild Indigo is fast-moving and each chapter gives the reader a new perspective on the mystery surrounding Jerome Santana's death. Ault's skillful integration of these perspectives is part of what makes Wild Indigo such a delightful read! As I traveled deeper into her magical and mysterious story, I came to know and care about its characters. If you enjoy a multi-layered mystery that keeps you on your toes and at the same time prompts you to think deeply about the issues and people involved, Wild Indigo is for you! I do have one criticism, however. Even though Wild Indigo is fiction, Ault's masterful weaving of myth and fact created a world so real and compelling that it drew me in from the moment I turned the first page in early evening and would not release me until I had turned the last page at nearly 4:00 A.M!