"Thumps DreadfulWater is a Cherokee ex-cop trying to make a living as a photographer in the small town of Chinook, somewhere in the northwestern United States. But he doesn?t count on snapping shots of a dead body languishing in a newly completed luxury condo resort built by the local Indian band. It?s a mystery that Thumps can?t help getting involved in, especially when he realizes the number one suspect is Stick Merchant, anti-condo protester and wayward son of Claire Merchant, head of the tribal council and DreadfulWater?s sometimes lover. Smart and savvy, blessed with a killer dry wit and a penchant for self-deprecating humour, DreadfulWater just can?t manage to shed his California cop skin. Before long, he is deeply entangled in the mystery and has his work cut out for him." -- Google books.