Bone Rattler

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Counterpoint Press, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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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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Pattison has won numerous awards for his Inspector Shan series (e.g., the Edgar Award-winning The Skull Mantra), set in Tibet. Here, he breaks new ground on the American frontier in 1758. It is a time ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
31
Section 4
59
Section 5
86
Section 6
124
Section 7
163
Section 8
176
Section 15
294
Section 16
311
Section 17
331
Section 18
335
Section 19
371
Section 20
394
Section 21
400
Section 22
420

Section 9
192
Section 10
195
Section 11
214
Section 12
237
Section 13
274
Section 14
289
Section 23
438
Section 24
440
Section 25
451
Section 26
454
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Eliot Pattison is the author of "The Skull Mantra", which won the Edgar Award and was a finalist for the "Gold Dagger", as well "Water Touching Stone" and "Bone Mountain". Pattison is a world traveler and frequent visitor to China, and his numerous books and articles on international policy issues have been published around the world.

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