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Bury My Heart at Redtree eloquently combines Patrick Chalfant'ss pride in his Osage Indian heritage with his passion for penning stories that capture the essence of life in the American heartland. As in his debut novel, When the Levee Breaks, this ground-breaking novel unites relentless suspense, charismatic characters, and plot twists so shocking that even the most seasoned reader will be enthralled until the page-turning finale. Bury My Heart at Redtree is a haunting exploration of the conflict that resonates deep in one man'ss soul. Set against the grandeur of the Great Plains and reflective of the storm raging in the heart of America'ss legal system, it is Chalfant at his thrilling, thought-provoking best.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2005
Publisher Hawk Publishing Group
ISBN 1930709536 ISBN13 9781930709539
Availability 0 units.
More About Patrick Chalfant
Chalfant (Tulsa, OK) is the author the the critically acclaimed, WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS. He grew up on an Oklahoma ranch where he helped raise cattle and horses on over 6,000 acres, much of which has been in his family for over 100 years. Chalfant (Tulsa, OK) resides in Tulsa, OK with his wife, son and two dogs.
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(RAW Rating: 3.5) - Color my heart Native American Nov 9, 2005
BURY MY HEART AT REDTREE is a murder mystery centered around the revenge of Taylor Hayes, a white man raised by Native American parents. Taylor, who lived in an orphanage until he was ten years old, was initially rebellious after his adoption, but he finds his place and accepts the customs of his adoptive parents. Their recent death, which he believes was a result of poisonings by greedy businessmen, is the catalyst for Taylor's actions.
A graduate student by day, Taylor uses his work in psychology to test his theories about the law, society and man's mental state, to avenge his parent's death. Under the guidance of a tribal elder and medicine man, Taylor engages the help of two buddies; their goal is to eliminate the men who have caused so much sickness and death in the Indian community. The unexpected murders of local business owners have the authorities perplexed. Since robbery is not the apparent motive, the authorities believe professional marksmen are the culprits. But why would professional killers infiltrate their small community?
The land owned by the Native Americans is prime real estate, but their refusal to sell has angered the potential buyers. The investors devised a plan to force the land owners to sell. Since there is no honor among thieves, the two primary investors hire someone to kill the other members of the group as soon as they have secured their investments. But when members are murdered before the hired assassin arrives, everyone becomes wary.
Patrick Chalfant vividly shares this haunting tale, which focuses on the turmoil that reverberates through the emotional state of one man. BURY MY HEART AT REDTREE is suspenseful, provoking and candid. It shares a conflicting look at our legal system and its lackluster approach to caring for all of its citizens. It also gives an in-depth look at the beliefs of a different culture. The ending will surprise and appease readers in an unexpected way. This is good read that will hold your interest.
Reviewed by aNN of The RAWSISTAZ™Reviewers
Look Out Dean Koontz!! Aug 17, 2005
The price of justice is usually quite expensive. So expensive that those without money, rarely receive it. No one knows this better than Taylor Hayes, however, Taylor uses something more valuable than money to obtain justice...he uses his keen mind.
Never knowing his real parents, Taylor was adopted by a Native American family when he was very young. He was raised in the culture of Native Americans, which made him a modern day John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me), a Native American in the body of a Caucasian male. This made him privy to information and conversations he would not normally be exposed. Taylor grew to be an absolute genius and becomes a graduate student in psychology. His life is wonderful until he loses his parents in what the authorities only refer to as an "unfortunate incident".
Stan Jennings, the state police investigator, has had his fair share of `bartered justice'. After years of injecting his blood, sweat & tears while conducting air-tight investigations, Jennings' work has been assaulted too many times, by seeing bad guys walk away on a mere technicality.
Kyle Gayland is THE local banker in the city of Carson is above the law and likes to flaunt it. Not only does Kyle control the money, but the lives of everyone in Carson and in the surrounding towns---including Ducotey, Taylor's hometown.
Set in the heartland of America, "Bury My Heart at Redtree" is an excellent novel about love, grief, greed, revenge and justice. Patrick Chalfant has weaved, in intricate detail, a web of nine lives that remain unattached until he completes his masterpiece of literary tapestry. In the spirit of Dean Koontz, Patrick Chalfant has written a psychological thriller sure to keep the reader turning pages. By combining life in the heartland of America with the tradition of Native American heritage, Chalfant has turned ordinary circumstances into an extraordinary story that will keep you guessing till the end.
Full of suspense, culture and Freud, I highly recommend "Bury My Heart at Redtree". It's a quick read, not because it's short, but hard to put down.
Review by Robert Denson III Managing Editor of Sunpiper Press
Worth your time. Jul 15, 2005
Taylor may be white, but he was adopted by a Native American couple and learned to live in both worlds. His adopted parents died of poisoning at their old housing unit, Kickingbird. They were not the only ones who expired either. The authorities never found out the cause. Everyone was moved out and now reside at Redtree. Oddly enough, the events of Kickingbird are starting all over again at Redtree. Natives are getting poisoned and some are near death. And everyone KNOWS that the authorities will, once again, do nothing.
Taylor and his two friends, Elijah and Keith, have become vigilantes. They know the names of the powerful men behind it all. The trio, with Chief Campanow as their spiritual guide, are hunting them down one-by-one for execution.
The banker, Gayland, is to be the last man taken down. The last one so he can worry and sweat the most. He is also the boss of Wendy, Taylor's fiancé. Wendy knows nothing about the shady dealing of Gayland or what Taylor is doing. Wendy only knows that her boss is acting strange and making moves on her. Worse still, she is being stalked by one of Gayland's acquaintances. Taylor is about to up the ante.
*** On the whole, I found this to be a pretty good novel. But I found some things to be unbelievable. The smart detective in the story (and all his cop associates) kept saying that whoever was killing the powerful men must be professionals, because zero clues are ever left behind. They totally dismiss the dozens of shells and ammunition casings as clues. When one of the vigilante trio is hurt and bleeding badly, he has little trouble dealing with the pain, getting all his blood (DNA) up from the murder scene (though he is still bleeding), and never gets medical attention from any true medical person. As for Wendy, she is the only sane one in the group, in my opinion. Yet even she is too good to be true. She has been groped by her boss, stalked by a hitman, had her apartment broken into, and KNOWS that Taylor understands everything that is happening and why. Still, she simply accepts it when Taylor says he'll deal with it and refuses to tell her what's going on.
I am not a Crime Scene Investigator, detective of any kind, or very knowledgeable in law and politics. However, several things do not ring true to me. Yet for some reason, I could not stop reading. The premise of the plot and the need for closure among the people involved kept me enthralled. The author clearly got a message through to me, the reader. That message is that those people with money and/or power can bribe law enforcements to look away, leaving them free to do anything to anyone or any community. It also told me that if the law does not protect its people, the people will no longer respect the law and deal with problems their own way. All-in-all, a good read. ***
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Entertaining and unpredictable from start to finish! Jul 7, 2005
Entertaining and unpredictable from start to finish!
Taylor Hayes sees himself as a modern day warrior. He and his "associates" carry out a stream of seemingly pointless murders as they elude the local authorities and one discouraged Detective named Jennings. In the beginning of the book in the characters' earlier stages of development, the crimes committed will shock the reader. You will see Taylor as a serial killer who is guided by a Native American Elder. He believes that he has a sacred mission to accomplish. First and foremost he believes that he is seeking revenge for the death of his adoptive parents who he suspects were killed by a local banker named Kyle Gayland. We find out later that his mission has many facets and this creates an environment of "organized confusion" that will only make sense in the end.
Gayland is Taylor's "nemesis" and is more or less a money driven businessman who will do anything to "turn a profit." His master plan is one that we find in several pieces of fiction and non-fiction. He wants to build on underdeveloped land and only one thing stands in his way - the people who live there. He will resort to any tactic to remove them from this land. He sends in an exterminator to spray the area to remove unwanted pests. The people are unaware of the fact that they are indeed the "pests" that Gayland would like to exterminate. They are exposed to a poison designed to sicken and/or kill off the men, women and children who want only to live in peace. These tactics are similar to the use of bison skin blankets smeared with smallpox in 1763 to rid the land of the Natives. The Natives received this gift only to succumb to the disease later.
At this point, the reader may actually start to understand Taylor's cause and the reopening of racial wounds that many would like to forget. He feels that his acts of violence pale in comparison to the "White Man's" acquisition of Native American territory for many centuries. Although his adoptive parents were Native American and he is not!
A fine line develops between vengeance and murder as Taylor begins to see his mission as a psychology experiment as well. He moves forward for all of the wrong reasons and his noble quest becomes nothing more than an unjustified bloodbath. However, Taylor does not see it that way and at some points in time the reader may see things this way as well - until a better sense of ethics and morality sets in.
"Bury My Heart at Redtree" is an entertaining read that is well worth the money and the time to explore its pages. The ending is unexpected and the journey towards that ending must be taken to appreciate the author's message.
Tyrone V. Banks
Excellent! Jun 13, 2005
Bury My Heart At Redtree is such a fast-paced thriller, it is impossible to put down. Chalfant draws you in and connects you to each of the characters while the bad guys plot and destroy and the good guys try to even the score.