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A Mystery of Colonial America

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January 13, 2009 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 464 Pages | ISBN 9781582434643
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"Pattison's moving characters, intricate plot and masterful evocation of the time, including sensitive depictions of the effects of the European war on Native Americans, set this leagues beyond most historicals and augur well for future entries in this series." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

In a novel rich in historical detail, acclaimed author Eliot Pattison not only reconsiders the founding of America, but also 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-—the British, rogue Scots, the French, the Huron, and the Iroquois—-are engaged in physical, psychological, and spiritual battle.

Exploring a frontier world shrouded in danger, he is mesmerized by Lord Ramsey’s beautiful daughter who has a forbidden knowledge of “heathen” ways. While 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 resolved.

ELIOT PATTISON is the author of The Skull Mantra—which won the Edgar Award and was a finalist for the Gold Dagger—as well as Water Touching Stone, and Bone Mountain. His Tibetan mystery series is an international franchise. 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. An international lawyer by training, Pattison has spent his career advising and representing U.S. and foreign companies on international investment and trade issues. His extensive publications include over thirty articles on international topics, ranging from research published by several American universities to global policy essays published in Moscow and Tokyo. The author or editor of six books on international business strategy and legal topics, his most recent book, Breaking Boundaries, was selected by the New York Times as one of the five best management books of 1996. Pattison resides in rural Pennsylvania with his wife, three children, two horses, and two dogs on a colonial-era farm. For more information, visit www.eliotpattison.com.

Praise

“Pattison’s moving characters, intricate plot and masterful evocation of the time, including sensitive depictions of the effects of the European war on Native Americans, set this leagues beyond most historicals and augur well for future entries in this series.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“[A] sure winner.” —Booklist

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