Crying Blood (Hardcover)

An Alafair Tucker Mystery

By Donis Casey

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590588314, 248pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/31/2011)
Paperback (2/1/2011)
Paperback, Large Print (2/1/2011)
Compact Disc (2/1/2011)
MP3 CD (2/1/2011)
Compact Disc (8/1/2012)

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In the autumn of 1915, Shaw Tucker, his brother James, and their sons go hunting. Instead of a quail, Shaw's dog, Buttercup, flushes an old boot...containing the bones of a foot. Buttercup then leads the men to a shallow grave and a skeleton with a bullet hole in the skull. That night, Shaw awakens to see a pair of moccasin-clad legs brushing by his tent flap. He chases the intruder, but he has disappeared. His concern is justified when he realizes that someone - or something - has followed him home.

Dread turns to relief when he captures a young Creek Indian boy called Crying Blood. Shaw ties the boy up in the barn, but during the few minutes he is left alone, someone thrusts a spear through Crying Blood's heart. The local law is on the killer's trail, but Shaw Tucker has a hunch...

Only Shaw's wife Alafair might be able to forestall his dangerous plan. So Shaw sends her on a wild goose chase so he can confront the killer...

About the Author

Donis Casey is the author of the Alafair Tucker Mystery Series. She is a native Oklahoman who now lives in Tempe, AZ, with her husband.

Praise For Crying Blood: An Alafair Tucker Mystery

"Powerful as a blue norther sweeping across the Creek Nation, Crying Blood is a gripping entry in Donis Casey's superb Alafair Tucker series. Casey depicts family ties that uplift and support and family ties broken by anger in a poignant, lyrical, authentic novel of early day Oklahoma"  --Carolyn Hart

Crying Blood is a thoroughly engrossing evocation of life on a self-sufficient 1915 Oklahoma farm.  In Alafair Tucker, mother of ten, Donis Casey has created a clear-eyed woman of her time:  pre-ERA, accepting of her place in a male-dominated society, but not hampered by it because she well knows the value of her contributions to her family’s well-being.  This is my first meeting with Alafair Tucker and her family.  It will not be my last. -- Margaret Maron, Edgar Award-winning author