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Title:
Risky undertaking : a Buryin' Barry mystery
Author:
De Castrique, Mark.
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Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
251 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"When Cherokee burial remains are unearthed on the site of a local cemetery's expansion, Barry Clayton, part-time deputy and full-time undertaker, finds his dual occupations collide. Then, during the interment of the wife of one of Gainesboro's most prominent citizens, Cherokee activist Jimmy Panther leads a protest. Words and fists fly. When Panther turns up executed on the grave of the deceased woman, Barry is forced to confront her family as the chief suspects. But the case lurches in a new direction with the arrival of Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins' army pal, Boston detective Kevin Malone. Malone is on the trail of a Boston hit man who arrived at the Cherokee reservation only days before the murder. Malone is convinced his quarry is the man who pulled the trigger. But who paid him? And why?The investigation draws Barry onto the reservation where Jimmy Panther's efforts to preserve Cherokee traditions threatened the development of a new casino, a casino bringing millions of dollars of construction and substantial yearly payouts to every member of the tribe. With the unlikely team of his childhood nemesis Archie Donovan and his elderly Uncle Wayne, Barry goes undercover in an effort to draw out the truth. But the stakes are higher than he realized. And the life of a Cherokee boy becomes the wager. Barry must play his cards very carefully in his most risky undertaking yet" --
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781464203060

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When Cherokee burial remains are unearthed on the site expanding a local cemetery, the dual occupations of Barry Clayton, part-time deputy and full-time undertaker, collide. Then, during the interment of the wife of one of Gainesboro, North Carolina's most prominent citizens, Cherokee activist Jimmy Panther leads a protest. Words and fists fly. When Panther turns up executed on the grave of the deceased woman, Barry is forced to confront her family as the chief suspects. But the case lurches in a new direction with the arrival of Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkin's Army pal, Boston cop Kevin Malone. He's on the trail of a Boston hit man who arrived at the Cherokee reservation only days before the murder. Malone is convinced his quarry is the triggerman. But who paid him? And why?

The accelerating investigation draws Barry onto the reservation where Panther's efforts to preserve Cherokee traditions threatened the development of a new casino, a casino bringing millions of dollars of construction plus huge yearly payouts to every member of the tribe. Leading an unlikely team --his childhood nemesis Archie Donovan and his elderly fellow undertaker Uncle Wayne--Barry goes undercover. But the stakes are higher than he realized in this risky undertaking. And the life of a Cherokee boy becomes the wager. Barry must play his cards very carefully...


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Booklist Review

Workers involved in expanding the Gainesboro, North Carolina, cemetery discover Cherokee remains, prompting Cherokee activist Jimmy Panther to lead a protest. When Jimmy's body turns up on a dead woman's grave the next day, Barry Clayton, Gainesboro deputy sheriff and undertaker, has a murder case on his hands. When Boston cop Kevin Malone, a friend of Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins, looking for a hit man who recently arrived on the Cherokee reservation, shows up, matters get more interesting, especially after the discovery that the dead man, a believer in preserving tribal traditions, had made enemies with his opposition to building a casino on reservation land. With the help of his elderly uncle, Wayne, and his childhood rival, Archie Donovan, Barry goes undercover to find the killer. An agreeable mix of suspense and social issues.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The planned expansion of Heaven's Gate Gardens, a cemetery outside Gainesboro, N.C., causes conflict in de Castrique's engaging sixth mystery featuring funeral director and deputy sheriff Barry Clayton (after 2010's Fatal Undertaking ). The discovery of Native American bones and artifacts at the site pits Luther Cransford, one of the project's major supporters, against Jimmy Panther, a member of the Cherokee tribe. When Luther's wife, Eurleen, suddenly dies, Panther leads what turns into a violent protest at her burial. Soon after, Panther's body is found sprawled across Eurleen's grave, and a potential powder keg is lit. Complications abound when a New Jersey hit man enters the scene, followed by a Boston cop. The kidnapping of a young Cherokee boy ratchets up the tension. The author offers insights into the political, economic, and cultural ramifications of Indian casinos, along with a large cast of believable characters with a wide emotional range. Agent: Linda Allen, Linda Allen Literary Agency. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In his sixth outing (after A Fatal Undertaking) ex-cop Barry Clayton, now a part-time deputy and a partner in his family's North Carolina funeral parlor, is up to his neck in trouble. He's investigating a case that pits modern casinos against Native American traditions. Cherokee artifacts are found during the expansion of a local cemetery and Cherokee activist Jimmy Panther leads a protest during the funeral of a prominent local citizen. When Jimmy is murdered, suspicions fall on the deceased's family. Further investigation reveals that Jimmy's activities threatened the development of a casino on tribal lands. VERDICT De Castrique's latest mystery continues the irreverent wit and independent spirit that has marked the series thus far. The focus on the beautiful setting of western North Carolina and its Cherokee traditions is well crafted. While there are a number of other series featuring sleuthing funeral directors, this is a complex and well-executed police procedural as well. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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