cover image Girl Gone Missing: A Cash Blackbear Mystery

Girl Gone Missing: A Cash Blackbear Mystery

Marcie R. Rendon. Cinco Puntos, $15.95 trade paper (228p) ISBN 978-1-947627-11-6

In Rendon’s refreshing sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Red River, 19-year-old Renee “Cash” Blackbear is a freshman at Minnesota’s Moorhead State College, thanks to her friend and mentor, Sheriff Dave Wheaton. The whip-smart member of the Anishinabe nation tests out of her English and science classes, which allows her time to earn money driving trucks and beating cocky white guys at the pool table playing eight-ball. When she hears about a missing coed, she contacts Wheaton. Since they previously worked together successfully on a murder, Wheaton trusts Cash’s sharp instincts and asks for her help in solving the case. The disappearance of a second student raises the ante. Cash must rely on her grit and determination to avoid a similar fate. Rendon, herself a member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation, highlights the plight of Native Americans who were forcibly adopted by whites and Cash’s discomfort in a land that is and is not hers. Readers will look forward to Cash’s next outing. (May)