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Deception on all accounts
Hoklotubbe, Sara Sue, 1952-
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Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [2003]

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210 pages ; 22 cm
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Is murder always a simple transaction? Don't bank on it.

Sadie Walela's life is about to be turned upside down.

One morning Sadie unlocks the door at the Mercury Savings Bank and confronts a robber who's been lying in wait for her and her fellow employees. He flees after stealing money and killing her coworker. When a whirlwind of events leaves Sadie herself under suspicion, she sets out to clear her name.

This banker turned sleuth is suddenly plunged into an unfamiliar world in which people are not always as they appear--not her employer, not the homeless man she's befriended, not the police officer who takes an interest in the case, not the man she falls in love with. And, as she's beginning to imagine, not even herself.

Sadie is a blue-eyed Cherokee living in northeastern Oklahoma, a half-blood who finds she sometimes has to adapt to get by in the white man's world. As she faces adversity at each bend in the road, she adapts and moves forward, much as her father's ancestors did. But as she comes to term with murder, romance, and her hopes for a career, Sadie finds deception on all accounts.

Author Notes

Sara Sue Hoklotubbe, a Cherokee by birth, worked in the banking industry for over twenty-one years and is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. She lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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Booklist Review

It's a pleasure to make the acquaintance of Sadie Walela, a banker in northeastern Oklahoma who is thrust into the role of amateur sleuth after a spate of branch robberies leaves several colleagues dead and her career in critical condition. Sadie, who was much closer to her Cherokee father, uncle, and grandmother than she was to her white mother, lives on her dad's old spread with a gentle horse and a ferociously protective wolf-dog. No passive victim, Sadie displays admirable toughness as she copes with racist supervisors, rabid FBI agents, and an abusive ex-husband. The story's most satisfying aspect is how Sadie's essential decency keeps leading her toward the solution. Instead of developing a full set of investigative skills on the fly, she gets at the answers by helping a homeless man, befriending children, and leaving herself open to the possibility of love. Although the plot could use more thickening and the bad guy isn't hard to spot, Hoklotubbe paints a believable picture of Indian-white relations in small-town America and crafts a series protagonist as savvy as she is sweet. --Frank Sennett Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

A robbery/murder at the Sycamore Springs, OK, branch bank where she works haunts Sadie Walela, whose Cherokee heritage has hindered her career track. She now receives a promotion, but police seem to suspect that she was somehow involved in the robbery. When they arrest a homeless man she had befriended for the crime, she investigates on her own to clear the guy and dissipate the clouds over her. Complications include a pesky ex-con ex-husband, burly and helpful Sergeant McCord, and hunky love interest Jaycee. Evenly paced prose, increasingly suspenseful plotting, and the emergence of a strong heroine characterize this promising first mystery. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.