The American Café
256 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
Release Date:15 Apr 2011

The American Café

University of Arizona Press

When Sadie Walela decided to pursue her childhood dream of owning a restaurant, she had no idea that murder would be on the menu.

In this second book in the Sadie Walela series, our Indian Country heroine follows in the footsteps of her great-aunt Vera and discovers life as an entrepreneur is not easy. On her first day she is threatened by Pearl Mobley, the town’s resident crazy woman. Then Goldie Ray – the former owner of the American Café – turns up dead and Pearl confesses to the crime before killing herself, leaving too many unanswered questions.

Depending on the intuition and perseverance drawn from her Cherokee ancestry, Sadie sets out to get the answers. She reunites with an old friend, Lance Smith, who has just been hired as second-in-command on a two-man police force. Sadie and Lance – together with an unlikely cast of characters, including a mysterious Creek Indian named Red, police chief "Deputy Dawg," Pearl’s angry Marine son just home from Iraq, and Goldie’s grieving sister and alcoholic niece – all come together to create a multilayered story of denial and deceit.

Uncovering motives like stories of rape, a stolen baby, and under-the-table adoption, Sadie strives to untangle old relationships and family secrets, eventually discovering she is untangling far more than a murder.

RELATED TOPICS: Fiction, Indigenous Studies
Sara Sue Hoklotubbe, a member of the Cherokee Nation, was named Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for her first book, Deception on All Accounts, also published by the University of Arizona Press. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
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