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Broken Fields

Marcie R. Rendon

Cash Blackbear, a young Ojibwe woman, is back on the case after two men are found dead on a rural farm in Minnesota in the next installment of the acclaimed Native crime series.

1970s Minnesota. It's spring in the Red River Valley and Cash Blackbear is hoping to make some spending money doing spring field work for local farmers while attending college--and she finds a dead man on the kitchen floor of the property's rented farmhouse. The only possible witness to the murder is the young daughter of a Native laborer. The girl is too terrified to speak about what she's witnessed, and her parents seem to have vanished.

In the wake of the murder, Cash can't deny her intuitive abilities: she is suspicious of the dead man's grieving widow, who offers to take in the girl temporarily. While Cash scours the county and White Earth reservation trying to find the missing mother before the girl is placed in the care of a social worker--the same woman who placed Cash in foster care a decade earlier--another body turns up. Concerned about the girl's fate, and with the help of local Sheriff Wheaton, Cash races against the clock to figure out the truth of what happened in the farmhouse.

Broken Fields is a compelling, fast read with seamlessly woven in details of rural life, the American Indian Movement, abusive labor practices, and women's liberation.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Soho Crime
  • Publish Date: Mar 4th, 2025
  • Pages: NA
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 1.25lb
  • EAN: 9781641296588
  • Categories: Mystery & Detective - Women SleuthsIndigenous - General (see also Indigenous Peoples of TurtleThrillers - Supernatural

About the Author

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, a Pinckley Prize-winning author, playwright, poet, freelance writer, and a community arts activist. Rendon was awarded the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award for 2020. She is a speaker on Native issues, leadership, and writing. Her second novel in her Cash Blackbear mystery series, Girl Gone Missing, was nominated for the Sue Grafton Memorial Award. Rendon was recognized as a 50 over 50 Change-maker by Minneapolis AARP and Pollen in 2018. She lives in Minneapolis.

Praise for this book

Praise for the Cash Blackbear Mysteries

"Rendon is a natural storyteller and a consummate writer . . . There isn't a protagonist in recent fiction with the bearing of Rendon's creation, and we're the better for knowing her."
Grand Rapids Herald-Review

"The vivid writing and keen eye keep the pages turning and readers hoping for another book in this series."

"[Rendon] is one heck of a mystery novelist. Rendon's Cash Blackbear books are gripping vehicles that tell broader stories about the historical persecution of American Indians."
--Oprah Daily

"Marcie Rendon, a member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation, masterfully weaves two stories in a seamless, vivid narrative."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"This accomplished author has clearly undertaken more than a murder story . . . she finds new depth and an ample storytelling platform for her informed views on the historic persecution of Indians."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"I was so glad to have more Cash to read . . . I love her brains, her broken heart, and her intuition."
Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

"Against the landscape of a 1970s college town, the disappearance of a classmate draws Cash into a web of dreams, deceit and danger. Heart-stopping, heartrending and heartening, often all at the same time."
Linda LeGarde Grover, author of The Road Back to Sweetgrass