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In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~ Albert Schweitzer

Donna R. Wood has lived in Fargo, ND for 25 years. She has three grown daughters and two grandchildren.

Although she is not Native American, Donna grew up on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, in Western North Dakota, during the 1970s and 80s. She grew up simultaneously immersed in two storytelling cultures - Irish and Native American (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara). Her great-grandparents homesteaded on the banks of the Missouri River at the turn of the century.

Donna has been many things in her life; working since she was thirteen years old - a dishwasher, a waitress, a fast-food worker, a retail cashier, a tech support representative, a fraud support representative, a registered private investigator to name a few.

Today, Donna serves as the office manager for a regional diversity initiative in Fargo, North Dakota.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys traveling, attending cultural events, and visiting her mother's home on the shores of Lake Sakajwea in Western North Dakota.

Sticks and Bones
 

Authored by Donna R. Wood

West Fargo, ND - The body of missing, Leah Jackson, was discovered late last night on the old Jordaine farm, on County Road 17, north of West Fargo, ND. The office of Kim Vanderhorn, District Attorney, has released a statement indicating foul play is suspected. According to Detective Marcia Grant,lead investigator, there are currently no suspects. More details to come.~ Robert Andrews, Reporter.

Detective Marcia Grant never thought much about high school, until the body of missing Leah Jackson is discovered on an abandoned farmstead. The discovery launches Marcia into a world she had left behind years ago; the world where the social ladder must be climbed, or clung to, at all costs; or risk social suicide.

Officer Jonathon Drake worked hard ensuring his next step on the professional ladder would be to Detective. He never thought his career would be derailed by a woman. Especially the woman he secretly planned to marry - one day.

The holiday season is upon the Midwestern city of West Fargo. The school year is in full swing, when Halloween night, high school sophomore, Leah Jackson, will leave her home for the last time. The gossip mill begins to grind in the school system, the police department, and throughout the metropolitan area.

Who killed Leah Jackson? Was it Clyde Jordaine the abusive, alcoholic widower who owns the abandoned farmstead? Was it Sasha Davis the high society girl, and best friend of Leah Jackson, in a move to become Queen Bee of the tenth grade? Was it a Satanic Halloween ritual propagated by Sean Dorian and his minions?

As Marcia moves her inexperienced team forward through the investigation, a time bomb is ticking in the city. The tension is running high in the department and in the streets. Caving under the pressure of the investigation, Drake inadvertently lets Marcia know how he feels about her and disappears into the night; igniting suspicious minds within the department.

There are no real suspects in the case, only speculation and hearsay. Until a primetime news show develops into a new theory. A new possibility that even Marcia, with her degrees in behavioral science and forensic psychology, had not considered. It wasn't possible. Or, was it?

"Sticks and Bones" promises a journey through the underbelly of the American High School like no other. Love them or hate them. The characters leap off the page, into the memories of the reader, taking on the forms of ghosts from the past. Do you dare journey back to high school? Just one more time?


Publication Date:
2011-08-14
ISBN/EAN13:
1463538243 / 9781463538248
Page Count:
200
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths




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