In a novel rich in historical detail, acclaimed author Eliot Pattison reconsiders the founding of America and explores how disenfranchised people of any age and place struggle to find justice, how conflicting cultures can be reconciled through compassion and tolerance, and ultimately how the natural world has its own morality.
Aboard a British convict ship bound for the New World, protagonist Duncan McCallum witnesses a series of murders and apparent suicides among his fellow Scottish prisoners. A strange trail of clues leads Duncan into the New World and eventually thrusts him into the bloody maw of the French and Indian War. Duncan is indentured to the British Lord Ramsey, whose estate in the uncharted New York woodlands is a Heart of Darkness where multiple warring factions are engaged in physical, psychological, and spiritual battle.
Exploring a frontier world shrouded in danger and defying death in a wilderness populated by European settlers, Indian shamans, and mysterious scalping parties, Duncan, the exiled chief of his near-extinct Scottish clan, finds that sometimes justice cannot be reached unless the cultures and spirits of those involved are appeased.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Limelite - LibraryThing
Fantastic book. Loved the writer’s minimalist, in-and-out-of-shadows writing style. Fascinating way to get the personal understanding of what it might have been like to have been a Scot living in ... Read full review
BONE RATTLERUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A hapless Scottish hero caught in the middle of the bloody French and Indian Wars unravels an intricate murder plot.Unfairly imprisoned in 1759 as an indentured servant on a British convict ship ... Read full review