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In the tradition of Tony Hillerman and Joseph Wambaugh comes this suspense thriller reuniting Bureau of Indian Affairs Criminal Investigator Emmett Quanah Parker and FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed, two Native American cops torn between their heritage and the law.A fire-gutted police cruiser found in a remote part of the Navajo reservation bears witness to a horrific criIn the tradition of Tony Hillerman and Joseph Wambaugh comes this suspense thriller reuniting Bureau of Indian Affairs Criminal Investigator Emmett Quanah Parker and FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed, two Native American cops torn between their heritage and the law.A fire-gutted police cruiser found in a remote part of the Navajo reservation bears witness to a horrific crime: inside are the bodies of a tribal patrolman and his wife. As BIA Investigator Emmett Parker and FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed know, a cop's murder is never simple, raising countless questions and suspicions. When another murder is discovered, the case explodes into an otherworldly realm. Both Parker, a Comanche, and Turnipseed, a Modoc, are well acquainted with the eerie shadowland between native myth and modern homicide investigation. Now they will have to touch minds with a murderer who has woven personal madness with Navajo myth to create his own reality -- and with it the need to kill and kill again....

Title : Spirit Sickness
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ISBN : 9780553579178
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Spirit Sickness Reviews

  • Terri
    2019-05-03 09:26

    Another book about the southwestern Indians, and written by an author who will "replace Tony Hillerman". Ain't gonna happen. Just because an author writes about the Native Americans in the Four Corners area of the US does NOT mean the story can even rival Mr. Hillerman's. In this case, there are at least 4 different tribes involved, 3 or 4 investigative groups, and countless (too many) others involved. It makes for a very complicated story that is difficult to follow. In addition, the partial conversations between the two main characters that dwell/or not, on their personal relationship (that is, then isn't, then is again) further complicate matters and detract from the main story. Mr Hillerman, you're still the man!

  • Steve Payne
    2019-05-23 09:27

    The Gila Monster viewpoint wore pretty thin after awhile. I'm glad Anna & Emmett finally got past this not talking about their feelings portion of their relationship. Plenty of action, not all of it believable.

  • Robert
    2019-05-13 02:54

    It's been a while since I read Cry Dance, but Parker and Turnipseed came back full force almost immediately in this second in the series. More a thriller than procedural, the mystery is still excellent and kept me guessing all the way through. The story is both frightening and moving, in about equal measures, and definitely not for the queasy of mind.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-26 06:47

    This is the second book in the Parker and Turnipseed series, and this one was even more complex than Cry Dance. The characters are intriguing, the plots are exciting, and the writing is super intelligent. Can't wait to read the next book.

  • Reforming
    2019-05-08 09:32

    Excellent mystery, particularly if Native American culture interests you.

  • Cornerofmadness
    2019-05-05 07:44

    I know I’ve read other Parker and Turnipseed books probably out of order. This is #2 and it might have been my last if I had read it first. Let me put that in context. The mystery was pretty good. It was something else that really put me off the book.The story is set on Navajo land but Parker and Turnipseed aren't Navajo (Comanche and Modoc respectively). A cop and his wife were murdered and set on fire. This is Anna Turnipseed's first big case after being tortured in book #1 and Emmett Parker asked for her to be on the case, They are also working with Caucasian FBI agent, Summerfield and Navajo cops, Tallsalt and Yabeney among others.As more victims are claimed, the killer is obviously deriving his desire to kill from Navajo stories from the Moth Way and the Gila Monster. He sees himself as the Gila and has taken to planting them at various crime scenes. The case bounces between Phoenix and various reservations. And the mystery was very interesting. There really isn't enough to solve it for the first two- thirds of the book and the rest comes later and very fast, one clue after the other.So I like the mystery part. What I didn't like was Turnipseed and Parker. Okay, I didn't like Parker. I don't remember having a problem with him in other books but in this he's pretty terrible. It's unclear how much he knows about Anna's past, that she's a survivor of incest, abused by her father. At least in the beginning, it's unclear. He certainly knows in the end. At the beginning after seeing the burned bodies, Anna has a nightmare and he is there to comfort her. He makes a sexual move and she is repelled and he goes on and on about this for the rest of the book. Why do men think that this is what a woman wants after a tragedy? (not all men of course but obviously Emmett Parker does and I've known a few personally so that colors my reaction to this). There is no feel of attraction between them, not to me. Jealousy yes. Seeing each other as a possession would be closer. And Parker acts like a complete and utter patronizing dick to her for the rest of the book. At the end she invites him to join her in a partners of abuse survivors’ therapy meeting with her therapist and he shuts her down. When another woman in the know yells at him for this his reaction is “Then what the hell am I supposed to feel- Some kind of guilt just for being male?”. Wow. That just says all you need to know about Parker. Her asking him to understand what it’s like to be the survivor of incestuous rape is happening just to make him feel bad. He resents a woman he supposedly cares for because he thinks she's trying to scapegoat all men for what her father did. Nice. It's soured me on the whole series.Other things that annoyed me: Why is it every Caucasian in a pro-Native American book depicted as insensitive asshole? Don't get me wrong. I know that there are many who are. On the other hand, not ALL are, I've been a non-Native worker on a reservation. I'd like to think I wasn't a patronizing racist. Summerfield does calm down as we go along and seems to hate the desert more than the people. I do wonder though why there are never Hispanic or African FBI/Cops in these things. I have a cynical answer for that.I didn't appreciate the potshot taken at Hillerman's books in this. If the Dine themselves showed their appreciation of the man's works, it's fair to say that they're good and respectful works.

  • Lee
    2019-05-08 06:51

    Spirit Sickness, by Kirk Mitchell, is a title in a series featuring FBI agent Anna Turnipseed and BIA investigator Emmett Parker. I listened to this instead of reading it hardcopy; it was performed well. Both detectives are Native Americans and they get called in on cases involving tribal residents. In this case it was a person who corrupted a Navajo legend to justify the need to be a repetitive killer. It was entertaining enough to keep me engaged, but was not strong on character development or plot sophistication. This one was not as good as others I've read in the series, but it wasn't bad enough to put me off of the author. I'll read another one of these days.

  • Paul
    2019-05-25 04:43

    This is the first book I've read from Kirk Mitchell. It was loaned to me from a friend, and I found out from the covers that this author is heavily compared to other Native American mystery writers. This one is about N.A. law officers going after N.A. bad guys. There are multiple Gila monster attacks throughout.Although I didn't dislike it, it just didn't do it for me as an engaging mystery. I didn't connect with the characters, and the plot got a little confusing by the end. Maybe because I was skimming at that point. I would possibly read another book by this author, but there are many others that'll come before him.

  • Carolyn Kurr
    2019-05-14 09:36

    The pace was compelling. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. I wanted to know more about Anna Turnipseed and her relationship with Emmet Quanah Parker and how they worked together. But author, Kirk Mitchell, used increasing violence as a plot device and I tired very quickly of the rising levels of gore. So, the plot and mysteries which needed to be answered were interesting and engaging, but all the blood and guts turned my stomach. I would not recommend this book unless you enjoy a lot of violence.

  • Becky
    2019-05-09 03:40

    This book is one that stereotypes Native Americans as superstitious, violent, mentally ill and shallow. I was offended. The primary protagonists - a BIA agent and an FBI agent were also stereotyped and vapid. Too many characters, too little character development, and in the end you just didn't care. I read this for a mystery book group and all who attended (around 20 of us) did not like the book. I recommend that you NOT waste your time reading this book.

  • Damecatoe
    2019-04-29 04:53

    In the beginning, it reminded me of the Anita Blake book I read, Obsidian Butterfly. With that book, I went into it knowing she's a vampire hunter, necromancer, etc. But Spirit Sickness was reading like a normal mystery with mere mystic elements until it shifted from the third peson to first person, the first "person" narrator being a Gila Monster. Houston, we have request for a suspension of disbelief. Gila narration aside, I'm enjoying it.

  • Diana Campbell
    2019-05-24 09:47

    Having lived on an Indian reservation, I like reading suspense novels related to the Native Americans. Mitchell's novel relates a case in which FBI and BIA agents Turnipseed and Parker work together to uncover the reasons behind several cop killings on the Navajo "Big Rez" and how native lore and gila monsters are involved.

  • Jeff Dickison
    2019-05-20 03:44

    I agree with the readers who say no one can replace Tony Hillerman, but Kirk Mitchell is pretty good in his own right. He's totally different from Hillerman so comparisons really shouldn't be made. This is the 2nd Turnipseed-Parker novel and it is very good as they must track down a very disturbed individual bent on revenge, carrying them out via what he thinks are tribal customs. Recommended!

  • Sherry
    2019-05-02 05:28

    A friend loaned me this book. Clearly it is part of a series and there was at least one other book before this one. It is a murder mystery set on the Navajo reservation but the police and FBI are a hodge podge of other tribal members. It involves a Morman "cult", gila monsters and other devices. A good read.

  • So, I Read This Book Today
    2019-05-20 09:54

    Well written, historically correct, and an engrossing read. Mitchell writes characters with whom I can identify with and feel for - even the ones I love to hate. I look forward to walking with Anna on her trip through darkness - and out the other side.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-16 07:45

    Pretty good, although I'd say it kind of fell apart at the end. And I don't really get the relationship between Emmett and Anna. But good suspense and interesting details made it worthwhile. I'll definitely read another in this series.

  • Sally
    2019-05-24 02:42

    I started listening to this and finally realized the gorey stuff and not very nice language just wasn't worth the listening time. It did get me through the usual Saturday night housework though. Stopping on chapter 14.

  • Olexcia
    2019-05-14 06:39

    Greatly admire the characters of Anna and Emmett. There are both Native American cops from different agencies, who respect their profession and others.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-13 06:41

    I realized after a few pages that I have read this before, but I think I'll try it again. I remember liking it pretty well.

  • Amanda Otis
    2019-05-09 10:25

    One of my favorites !

  • Carolgene
    2019-05-22 07:34

    Very good read, better than the last and more than ready for the next.

  • Edna Little Fish In Running Waters Spring
    2019-04-26 03:48

    This was the very BEST, I couldn't lay it down!I not only enjoyed the Mystery, but I learned the Native story, too.I can't get enough of Kirk Mitchell's books!

  • Lynda
    2019-05-13 04:53

    Very suspenseful.

  • Larry Martin
    2019-05-19 03:38

    Who dun it, set in modernday indian reservation settings. Good read, not great.

  • Ben
    2019-05-19 10:26

    Is this a good book? Not exactly. Is the premise believable? I didn't think so. Was it still pretty fun and at least, mindlessly entertaining enough to count for a beach read? Absolutely.

  • Sandy
    2019-05-03 06:39

    This was a wonderfully written book but it was pretty constantly dark and heavy.I felt like I needed to read something totally shallow and senseless afterwards.