Winter Counts (Large Print / Library Binding)

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WINTER COUNTS is one hell of a debut. It's a grungy and grounded crime noir that I flew through in two sittings. Like most, the Rose Bud Indian Reservation in South Dakota exists in a kind of suspended lawlessness, where it falls under federal jurisdiction but the feds can't be bothered with anything less than murder. So most crimes must dealt with internally, with vigilantes like Virgil who solve problems with his fists. But when heroin makes its way to the reservation and Virgil's nephew seems to be involved, Virgil must find his allies and conquer his enemies if he is to stop the flow of poison entering the reservation. WINTER COUNTS is proof you don't need fast car chases, helicopter- jumping, or any Michael Bay -esque CGI to have your pulse pound and your blood run hot. It's a serrated thriller that captures the true heart of the American West, in all its beauty and ugliness. You also get to peek inside a community rarely represented but devastatingly crucial in this country. WINTER COUNTS is a read you will neither regret nor forget. 

— Conner (Assistant Book Manager)

September 2020 Indie Next List


“Weiden’s book is a thriller with an important social and political message. Following a Lakota ‘enforcer’ who enacts extrajudicial punishment to fill the gaps in the legal system, Winter Counts is a twisty new addition to the growing Indigenous literature canon. While some of the action may fall into somewhat predictable territory, Weiden’s exploration of the injustices of reservation life are vital.”
— Ashley Baeckmann, Briars & Brambles Books, Windham, NY



Product Details
ISBN: 9781432885007
ISBN-10: 1432885006
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
Publication Date: March 24th, 2021
Pages: 551
Language: English