There's always something going on in the Rez and special agent Ella Clah knows that poor economic times bring even more activity. At the moment, there's a movement to bring a casino to the Rez. Ella knows that this issue will fire emotions.

As Ella sorts through her own feelings about a casino, random acts of maliciousness step up, causing an older man to suffer a near fatal heart attack. And some of the mischief seems to be directly connected with sabotage at a local mine.

Things get out of hand when a woman on the tribal council is murdered. Although some feel the culprit must be a member of the council, Ella feels there may be a connection between the sabotage and the killing. Before she can get to the bottom of things, though, tension heats up and Ella's own family is literally held hostage.

CHANGING WOMAN is an absorbing, intricate story that gives the reader new insight into the character of Ella Clah. Readers may be disappointed, however, to discover that the book centers on several plots as opposed to one strong central plot. (Mar., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg