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On a night of torrential rain, a warrior appears near the Colombia River, where the Chinook people thrived before the hydroelectric dams came and changed their entire way of life. He has come to reclaim the river, to return it to its original majesty.
Soon after, government employees are found murdered with elaborate harpoons. As the body count grows, Francine Smohalla, a government marine biologist of Chinook and white descent, embarks on her own investigation of the bizarre murders. As she desperately tries to find the killer and prevent any other murders, she finds herself spinning in the convergence of ethnic hatreds between Indians and whites, an unlikely relationship with a kindred spirit whose troubled life has led him to contemplate terrorism and apocalypse, an ancient prophecy about the return of her beloved salmon, and the giant dams on the Columbia that loom large and as seemingly immovable as the mountains themselves. A River Out of Eden is a gripping literary thriller straight from today’s headlines set against the uniquely American contradictions of the Pacific Northwest.
“Surges across the pages like a flood, cresting in a great boiling, churning climax. . . . A novel that demands admiration and respect.” --New York Daily News
“To say that this fine thriller ends with a bang is the understatement of the year.” —Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature
“A River Out of Eden is more than a sizzling murder-mystery–it’s an elegy for the great dying rivers of the pacific Northwest and carries a timely and powerful message.” —Carl Hiassen