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Death Where The Bad Rocks Live
C.M. Wendelboe

Spirit Road #2
Berkley Prime Crime
September 2012
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Featuring: Manny Tanno
384 pages
ISBN: 0425256111
EAN: 9780425256114
Kindle: B007FEF9HI
Paperback / e-Book
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When Lakota FBI Agent Manny Tanno wrapped up his last case, all he wanted to do was put an end to his reluctant homecoming and get away from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—So why did he decide to give up his cake job as an academy instructor back in Washington, D. C., and take a permanent assignment to the Rapid City, South Dakota, field office?

It might have been his hot new girlfriend: But she’s giving him the cold shoulder. It might have been his promising new protégé: But he’s burning out before Manny’s eyes.

Manny almost finds himself going through the motions in his latest case, as the investigation uncovers one, then two, then three old skeletons in a derelict car on a defunct World War II bombing range in the Badlands. He certainly can’t count on any cooperation from his childhood rival heading the tribal police department, stonewalling him from all sides. And the local media is making him a laughing-stock.

An emerging prime suspect turns out to be a popular and respected local judge. Being the first American Indian nominated for appointment as a U. S. Supreme Court Justice, everyone figures he’s in—as long as his people can make sure some nuisance FBI agent doesn’t ferret out the skeletons in his closet.

To top it off, skeletons in Manny’s own closet threaten to end his career—if not his life. Now his estranged brother, the convict-turned-holy-man, might be Manny’s only salvation from the increasingly terrifying visions. In the most desolate corner of the nation’s most destitute reservation, Manny Tanno might just find himself offered up as the next dead body in the forsaken Badlands, where the bad rocks live. . .

Spirit Road


54 comments posted.

Re: Death Where The Bad Rocks Live

huh?? what??? I'm confused - but I'd like to win a book. I'm all depressed -- had to let my baby go gentle into that good night ----
(Pamela Faye Howell 3:46pm September 1, 2012)

Looks like an interesting book and I think drawing from years of experience in Law Enforcement will just make your stories all the more real and interesting.
Pamela Fox 4:07pm September 1, 2012)

I just bet you could write about romance from experience.
Marjorie Carmony 4:29pm September 1, 2012)

sounds like a good read!!
Jennifer Beck 4:41pm September 1, 2012)

Sounds like a interesting book. Love to win it.
Linda Hall 4:52pm September 1, 2012)

I love mysteries. You book sounds really good. I am sure you have seen many things as an officer.
Sue Brandes 4:57pm September 1, 2012)

This sounds like one good book to get your hands on. I would love to read it. Thanks for the Contest.
Cheryl English 4:58pm September 1, 2012)

What you said is true. I have worked as a civilian employee for the police department for awhile. Everything is about people whether they are the victims of crimes or the perpetrators. When I read crime stories, I could pick up whether the authors have done their homework or they making up stuff just to make the stories work.

Looking forward to reading your books.
Kai Wong 5:24pm September 1, 2012)

No you are not lazy by reaching into your mental storehouse and I am sure you'll be able to reach into your mental storehouse when you decide to write a romance
Shirley Younger 5:52pm September 1, 2012)

sounds like a good book to read.
Ann Unger 5:54pm September 1, 2012)

I think it is smart to use your knowledge to write credible scenes. How lucky you are to be able to do that.
G. Bisbjerg 6:26pm September 1, 2012)

I love mysteries and look forward to reading this book!!!
Bonnie Capuano 6:37pm September 1, 2012)

Knowing your background, I'm now anxious to read one of your books because I'm sure it will seem authentic.
Sue Farrell 6:41pm September 1, 2012)

Looks Great.
Kent Cook 7:03pm September 1, 2012)

This looks to be a fantastic read..
Holly Vanderhule 7:42pm September 1, 2012)

It sounds like you have found a perfect niche -- and it meets rule #1 --- know what you're writing about.
I'm sure your work would be refreshing.
Renee Grandinetti 7:47pm September 1, 2012)

Looking forward to reading about a Lakota FBI agent.
Mary C 7:51pm September 1, 2012)

The story line sounds interesting, and it great to read believable police work.
Sonja Cravener 7:54pm September 1, 2012)

sounds like a great mystery book and would love to read it
Kimberly Hoefs 7:55pm September 1, 2012)

The work you did was thankless in many ways, but so necessary. It sounds like you were a very caring officer, which nowadays you don't see that often. Too many of them are just after the prestige of the job. Anyway, your background would make for some wonderful and interesting reading. I'm sure in parts it will also make your stomach drop, if only for a second. The cover to your book is great, and I'm looking forward to reading it very much!! Joseph Wambaugh is my favorite crime Author, so if you come anywhere near him with your stories, you'll have a new fan!! Congratulations on your book!! I'm sure it will do well. Any time an Author writes about something they've experienced or know well enough, as in your former employment, it shows, and their books usually skyrocket!!
Peggy Roberson 8:03pm September 1, 2012)

I really would love to read and win this book!!
Charlotte Zimmerman 9:22pm September 1, 2012)

I have a lot of respect for our police officers
Debby Creager 9:25pm September 1, 2012)

Sounds like my kind of book.
Karen Blossom 10:25pm September 1, 2012)

This looks like a very interesting read.
Ann Quin 12:09pm September 2, 2012)

Not lazy, taking your own experiences and adding to them make for great stories. I cant wait to read one of your books, now knowing there is a bit of truth to them makes it more interesting. They say truth can be stranger than fiction....
Deborah Garcia 12:27pm September 2, 2012)

Sounds like a fascinating read - and, no, I don't think you're a lazy writer. You just have too much "stuff" in your head!
Karen Barnett 4:05am September 2, 2012)

I too would love to win and this book! But the real mystery i what is all the
above garbage about.?
Nancy Gallagher 5:22am September 2, 2012)

Mmm, the spamming has put me off a sensible reply, sorry. I did enjoy the blog.
Clare O'Beara 6:31am September 2, 2012)

I like an author who has real life experience. It always shows in their works. (It may be fun to do that romance research).
Debbie Penny 7:15am September 2, 2012)

I don't think it's lazy. I think it makes prefect sense to write using your expertise.
Mary Preston 8:07am September 2, 2012)

I wouldn't call it lazy. I would call it writing about what you know. And that means you are less likely to make mistakes in the crime scenes that really irk readers.
Pam Howell 10:41am September 2, 2012)

Debbi Shaw 10:48am September 2, 2012)

Like the scenario of this book. Always happy to discover a new series.
Shari Santella 12:43pm September 2, 2012)

This sounds so creepy! I love mystery's and thriller suspense.
I'm just nervous I'll get the willys so bad I'll get
nightmares of creepers lol
Candice Duffey 1:02pm September 2, 2012)

what an intriguing lead in to a book - can't wait to read
Patricia Mangum 1:33pm September 2, 2012)

I love to read suspense, police/firemen/emt books. As long as the book isn't too graphic with gore and don't use God's name as a curse word. Suspense, Amish, Christian fiction are my favorite reads. Would love to win one of your books & try out a new author.
Pat Moore 4:33pm September 2, 2012)

Not a thing wrong with a little research, just sayin'!

You are fortunate to be able to use your experience and memories, which is probably a good source of therapy.

Good luck and happy writing!
Tracie Travis 4:39pm September 2, 2012)

mysteries - my favourite genre, would love to read
Susan Meikle 4:54pm September 2, 2012)

wow, talk about research - how cool!
Felicia Ciaudelli 5:20pm September 2, 2012)

I enjoy a good mystery. Sounds like it will be such a book.
Angelina Daniels-Shaw 7:05pm September 2, 2012)

I am confused with the code talk above but would have to do my research for a romance too!
Darci Paice 4:02am September 3, 2012)

I spend hours just going through my emails. Between spam, marketing of everything, and my regular emails. Yesterday, I opened my email to my account and found over 800 emails
Diane McMahon 9:35am September 3, 2012)

Great contest
Kent Cook 9:57am September 3, 2012)

Thanks for the giveaway
Carrie Conley 10:16am September 3, 2012)

Sound like a great read :)
Denise Branigan 12:17pm September 3, 2012)

Sounds like a really good read, I can't wait to read it.
Mary Smith 1:10pm September 3, 2012)

This sounds like an interesting book.
Anna Speed 1:14pm September 3, 2012)

The title alone caught my attention! This is something I surely would love to read.
Angelina Daniels-Shaw 1:56pm September 3, 2012)

I think personal experience as a law officer beats research any day. Your book sounds like it will be a good one.
Kathleen Bianchi 3:51pm September 3, 2012)

I've led such a boring life, I have to research almost everything. The tough part is knowing what you don't know so you can look it up. Making assumptions about how things works generally means you're getting it wrong.
Terry Odell 5:17pm September 3, 2012)

A great book has always been a way for me to escape the woes
of he real world. I love a great mystery and a good story
teller, I think I might have just found both with your books
and I look forward to reding them asap.
Denise Parrett 11:39pm September 3, 2012)

This book has an eye-catching cover and intriguing, attention-getting title and something I'd surely love to read. I'm sure it's good!
Linda Luinstra 7:25pm September 4, 2012)

Looks like you're steeped in police procedurals and have the background to mine.
Alyson Widen 2:36pm September 8, 2012)

I appreciate all the kind comments, and hope everyone enjoyed the mystery and mystic of the Badlands!
Curt Wendelboe 3:16pm January 13, 2013)

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