Girl Gone Missing

Cinco Puntos. (Cash Blackbear, Bk. 2). May 2019. 208p. ISBN 9781947627116. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781947627123. M
Although Renee "Cash" Blackbear is most comfortable drinking and playing pool in her favorite bar in Fargo, ND, she's enrolled in college at Moorhead State in Minnesota, thanks to Sheriff Wheaton. He's taken an interest in the 19-year-old Native American ever since he pulled her from a car accident at age three. She's escaped foster homes and abuse but is still a loner at school, one of a handful of Native Americans enrolled there in the late 1960s. Before she even learns about Janet Tweed's disappearance, Cash dreams about a blonde girl calling for help. The vision changes to include two blondes when another girl disappears. Cash asks questions, but when she journeys to Minneapolis/St. Paul, she's pulled into the room where the lost girls are kept. White slavery, Vietnam, the American Indian Movement, and young Native Americans lost to their families are important issues in this melancholy mystery.
VERDICT Native American author Rendon's authentic story of a brooding, displaced young woman follows up Murder on the Red River and will appeal to readers looking for fresh voices and characters, as well as stories with a strong sense of place and historical atmosphere.
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