Anthropologist Phoebe Keller, a curator at a small Native American museum in North Carolina, is reunited with FBI agent Jeremiah Cortez when he comes to town to solve a case.

Cortez, who painfully cut ties with Phoebe three years ago, wreaks havoc on her quiet life, despite her vow to never get involved with him again.

Palmer does a wonderful job highlighting the perspectives of the Comanche and Cherokee peoples. But the dialogue between characters does not always read naturally, and excessive backstory slows the narrative in spots. Still, the Native American cultural traditions and the protagonists' romantic complications draw the reader in. (Jul., 304 pp., $16.95)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel