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Go-ahead rider
Conley, Robert J.
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New York : M. Evans & Co., 1990.
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Robert J. Conley was born in 1940 in Cushing Oklahoma. He is a Cherokee author and enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, a federally recognized tribe of American Indians. He is noted for depictions of precontact and historical Cherokee figures. He is known for a series of books called the Real People Series. The sixth of the series, The Dark Island (1996) won the Spur Award for best Western novel in 1995. He has also won two other Spur Awards, in 1988 for the short story "Yellow Bird", and in 1992 for the novel Nickajack. In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.

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Booklist Review

George Tanner is a mixed-blood Cherokee. His parents were killed during the Civil War and he was raised in an orphanage. A kindly minister has provided him with a Harvard education, but since teaching holds little appeal, George returns to the Cherokee nation where he hesitantly takes a job as deputy to Go-Ahead Rider. In the midst of a vehement debate over the railroad coming into the nation, a reclusive drunk is blamed for a murder. Go-Ahead and George investigate, only to find a connection to the rail controversy. Veteran novelist Conley works on three levels: murder mystery, frontier political potboiler, and the search for personal identity. Intelligent and entertaining, this novel contains all the standard western plot elements plus a great deal more depth. --Wes Lukowsky

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Shortly after the Civil War, George Tanner, part Cherokee, with a Harvard degree, returns to his home territory in the Cherokee Nation. He is quickly deputized by Sheriff ``Go-Ahead Rider,'' who expects trouble over a projected railroad that will affect the Cherokee capital city, Tahlequah. When an important anti-railroad man is murdered, Rider and Tanner track down the suspects. Despite a pedestrian style that slows the action and fails to give life to the characters, Conley brings many details of life in the Cherokee Nation into his story, which help to hold the reader's interest. He proves, once again, that patience and perseverance will get your man, or woman.-- Sister Avila, Acad. of Holy Angels, Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.