Fans of the earlier books in the series will give this one an enthusiastic thumbs-up, and it will work fine as a jumping-off point for new readers.
By showing both sides of the Indian-versus-European cultural dispute, [Harlick] wisely avoids the trap of painting one side’s history as pure evil, the other’s as sinless. This even-handedness brings complexity and depth to what could have been a mere diatribe. Instead, we get a superb novel that lends itself to reread after reread.
Mystery Scene Magazine
This is the best Harlick yet.
Globe and Mail
It wasn’t long ago that I paid a visit to British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. There on display, are the ‘Totems of Shame’, long ago removed from their original villages. It was with a shudder of recognition that I joined [characters] Meg and Eric for a much-remembered tour of the red cedar carvings of the coast.
Harlick’s prose and characterization is as competent as ever and the slow reveal of the reasons why Allistair was murdered is skillfully handled.