, July 24 2011
I have read three novels about the demise of the Beothic Indians in Newfoundland one after the other. Michael Crummey's vision of events draws you in as being real. He can make the reader feel the cold, taste the almost raw moose meat, see the river ice breaking up underfoot. The story is plausible and well researched. River Thieves has several good side stories which keep one guessing about the characters along with the main theme. The reader gets to know these fictional characters whilst learning what is known about the life and times of the Red Indians and early days in the Newfoundland colony.