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Reservations (Jack Del Rio Book 1) by [Richard Paolinelli]

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Review by Amanda Hill, Doubleplusbooks/
/This novel mainly follows the story of F.B.I Agent Jack Del Rio as he tries to solve a series of murders on a Navajo reservation. The murders are centered around the legend of the Coyote, and Del Rio's search leads him further and further into the depths of reservation politics.
I was completely engaged for this entire novel. Although I had a guess at who the murderer was early on, the author led me on several hunches and had me questioning every turn. This novel reminded me of 
Murder on the Orient Expressby Agatha Christie because the main character was so well written and the investigation was just as intriguing. There were also several timelines and plot lines used that all converged on this murder investigation, and I really enjoyed the way they all weaved together.
It seemed to me that the author was either very familiar with the region, or had done a lot of research on it because the setting he placed the story in felt very real. I also enjoyed the back story given for each of the characters as it helped me place real people in this real setting. I thought the character of Jack Del Rio was well written, and I felt that most of his actions and his reactions were justified. I honestly think that this character made the book, as everything else in the novel was being questioned, you knew which side Del Rio was on. I also liked the character of Lucy Chee, and I think the novel would not have been the same if her point of view had not been included. The romance between them felt natural, and I think the author led up to it well.
If I had a critique for this novel, it would be that sometimes Del Rio's actions were a little harsh and I think I raised an eyebrow at a few of them. However, I do understand that the author has written a human character who is allowed a flaw or two. I also doubted the initial conversation between Del Rio and Chee. She had just met him and divulges her really personal past and he in turn does the same. However these were the only details I was doubting, and overall I really liked the novel.
/*************/5-Star Review by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"Reservations is a police procedural mystery written by Richard Paolinelli. Ben Yazzie had been prepared for a somewhat different type of day as he would be celebrating his first year in office as the President of the Navajo Nation, but he had no idea just how terrifying a day it would end up being. First, there was the news that his mentor and friend, Martin Kinlichee, whose failure to appear at the anniversary celebrations had prompted a search, was found dying in his home. While the EMTs had been able to briefly resuscitate the man, his brain had been deprived of oxygen for too long. When a second friend and fellow council member, Rick Hoskie, was found murdered in his home with tribal markings carved into his flesh, Yazzie and the authorities decided to take a second look into the supposed 'heart attack' death of Kinlichee. The murder of James Runningelk, a third council member, had Yazzie seriously considering who could be behind the murders, and he suspected it was someone close to him. While he didn't feel he could place his full trust in his protection detail or the local police, he did know of an old college friend who could help him stop the killer."
"Richard Paolinelli's police procedural mystery, Reservations, takes the reader to Window Rock, Arizona, as FBI agent Jack Del Rio and Navajo Nation police officer, Lucy Chee, track down an elusive killer who appears to his victims dressed as Coyote, the trickster. The depth of the author's research into the Dine, Hopi and Zuni people and the delicate balance and harmony the three tribes still struggle to maintain is obvious in this most compelling work. The plot is tight and well-constructed as Del Rio and Chee attempt to narrow down their list of possible suspects. Del Rio is a fresh and intriguing character, and I enjoyed seeing both his psychological approach to interviewing suspects and his occasional bursts of high-velocity action in pursuit of the killer. At the end of the story, several of Paolinelli's characters leave some tantalizing hints about a future challenge facing this intrepid sleuth, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. Reservations is most highly recommended."//
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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0764D261B
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tuscany Bay Books; 3rd edition (October 30, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 30, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1944 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 350 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

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Richard began his writing journey as a freelance writer in 1984 and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon. His 20-year sports writing career was highlighted by the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story.

In 2010, Richard retired as a sportswriter and returned to his fiction writing roots. Since then he has written seven novels, two non-fiction sports books, and has appeared in several anthologies including five Sherlock Holmes collections. He has won several awards and his novel, Escaping Infinity, was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi novel.

He is currently co-writing the six-novella Timeless series with his grandson, and offers exclusive content to premium subscribers to his blog as well as excellent free content to non-subscribers:

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