The Devil's Making

The Devil's Making

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"Victoria, 1869. The ramshackle capital of British Columbia, the last colony in North America, where a few thousand settlers aspire to the values of the Victorian age while coexisting beside the native Indians that vastly outnumber them. That peace is challenged when a mutilated body is discovered: Dr. McCrory, an American alienist whose methods include phrenology, Mesmerism, and sexual-mystical magnetation. Chad Hobbes, recently arrived from England, is the policeman who must solve the crime. At first it's assumed the murderer was a Tsimshian medicine man, Wiladzap, who has already been arrested. It would be easy for Hobbes to let Wiladzap swing for the murder, but his own interest in an Indian woman causes him to look at the case in more detail. And once he does, he discovers that everyone who knew McCrory seems to have something to hide. Published by a small Irish press, Sean Haldane's The Devil's Making was the surprise winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. Its detailed depiction of a frontier where the cultures of Native Americans, Americans, Europeans, and Asians clashed offers a fresh view of a little-known historical era"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250069405
1250069408
9781466878129
Branch Call Number: M HALDANE SEAN
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 22 cm

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KCWeimer
Jul 06, 2016

I was excited to read a book set in the Canadian NW during the reign of Victoria. It has an excellent mystery but gets bogged down in the details. In particular, the descriptions of the walk from town to the tribe settlement and the "translation" of conversations from English to Chinook and back. I doubt I will read any others by this author.

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