Winter Counts

Winter Counts

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE EDGAR AWARD FOR FIRST NOVEL

"Winter Counts is a marvel. It's a thriller with a beating heart and jagged teeth. This book is a brilliant meditation on power and violence, and a testament to just how much a crime novel can achieve. Weiden is a powerful new voice. I couldn't put it down." --Tommy Orange, author of There There

A Recommended Read from: USA Today * TIME * The Washington Post * Buzzfeed * Electric Literature * Lit Hub * Shondaland * Publishers Weekly * Crimereads * Salon * PopSugar * NPR

A groundbreaking thriller about a vigilante on a Native American reservation who embarks on a dangerous mission to track down the source of a heroin influx.

Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that's hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil's nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop.



They follow a lead to Denver and find that drug cartels are rapidly expanding and forming new and terrifying alliances. And back on the reservation, a new tribal council initiative raises uncomfortable questions about money and power. As Virgil starts to link the pieces together, he must face his own demons and reclaim his Native identity. He realizes that being a Native American in the twenty-first century comes at an incredible cost.



Winter Counts is a tour-de-force of crime fiction, a bracingly honest look at a long-ignored part of American life, and a twisting, turning story that's as deeply rendered as it is thrilling.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 33mm | 499g
  • English
  • 0062968947
  • 9780062968944
  • 245,187

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In addition to being a fast-paced and gripping ride, this book also examines Indigenous identity and the broken justice system. It's a great read even if you're not usually into crime fiction.--Shondaland
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11,496 ratings
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4 47% (5,404)
3 25% (2,838)
2 4% (482)
1 1% (89)
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