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The Peacekeeper: A Novel (The Good Lands) Kindle Edition
Against the backdrop of a never-colonized North America, a broken Ojibwe detective embarks on an emotional and twisting journey toward solving two murders, rediscovering family, and finding himself.
North America was never colonized. The United States and Canada don’t exist. The Great Lakes are surrounded by an independent Ojibwe nation. And in the village of Baawitigong, a Peacekeeper confronts his devastating past.
Twenty years ago to the day, Chibenashi’s mother was murdered and his father confessed. Ever since, caring for his still-traumatized younger sister has been Chibenashi’s privilege and penance. Now, on the same night of the Manoomin harvest, another woman is slain. His mother’s best friend. This leads to a seemingly impossible connection that takes Chibenashi far from the only world he’s ever known.
The major city of Shikaakwa is home to the victim’s cruelly estranged family—and to two people Chibenashi never wanted to see again: his imprisoned father and the lover who broke his heart. As the questions mount, the answers will change his and his sister’s lives forever. Because Chibenashi is about to discover that everything about their lives has been a lie.
“An excellent example of an imagined alternative North America where restorative justice is at the forefront, and with characters who are well-developed, this is a great debut from an author to watch.” —Shondaland
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Set in uncolonized North America, The Peacekeeper alternates between a small town in the Great Lakes region and the big shining city of Shikaakwa (what we know today as Chicago). Chibenashi is a Peacekeeper (police officer), who not only endures the murders of two of his loved ones but is also called on to solve those murders. In his small town, crimes like these just don’t happen. His search for answers takes him on a twisty journey, and along the way he uncovers many family secrets and, ultimately, discovers himself. The truth is heartbreaking and shocking, but there is also hope.
I was pulled into this story’s world, and by the end, I cared for Chibenashi as if I knew him personally. I hope readers will fall in love with this book, as I did.
—Melissa Valentine, Editor
- ASIN : B09BZ9J3QL
- Publisher : 47North (1 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 6808 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542036518
- Best Sellers Rank: 68,653 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It was sometimes hard to suspend my disbelief due to the setting being so much like our own world but without things like excessive fossil fuel use, at least in North America. Like everything we've invented exists, and the people in this timeline also managed to colonise Mars. I mean, I think the world would be very different if Europeans never took over the Americas, but I don't think that the near utopia would exist either.
That said, it was interesting to think about, and while the actual plot seemed like a good way to showcase restorative justice (something I've been really intrigued by in recent years), it wasn't what most people would find satisfying or exciting in a crime novel.
I wonder what First Nations people who read this felt about how it was handled.
I daresay it could be improved by tighter editing, but it is certainly well worth a read.
It is at basics a crime novel, and I did not guess where it was going at all.
An unusual setting as the author invented a whole new history of north America to set it in, current day but different.
The only thing that maybe made it difficult until I got my head around it was the place names and even individuals name's but that was just my unfamiliarity with them. Very interesting description of a green nature friendly city.
All of the people who appear have tribal names, as do many of the artefacts and buildings. Add in a society where one the one hand there are tiny villages and on the other hand cities. Think Teepees in the villages and modern buildings in the cities. Think country folk and city folk and add in murder and you have this book - The Peacekeeper.
Whilst I admit to deciding who the killer was very early in the book, it was still a fascinating read as I had to discover how the folk in the book would work it out and also the motives involved.
Overall, well worth your time to read it as it truly is a fascinating novel in the true sense of the word novel.
However, I now think that the book is intended to be a serious comment on the ‘fact’ that, whatever social structure the human race might design and try to impose upon itself, human nature itself will never change.
I shall certainly look at the second book in the series whenever it might be released.
It is however not overly romanticised, and raises the issues of failure.
I am dying to read the next one.
There is a lot in here and I am certain I will be unpacking some of it for a while.
I hope B L Blanchard takes us back here and reveals more of this alternate world.