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JANUARY BUDDY READ
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.
Themes: identity, absence of justice, vigilante justice, history, trauma and healing
Setting: Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota
Content Warnings: violence, gun violence, drug use, racism, death, child death, racial slurs, addiction, torture, kidnapping, murder, grief, domestic abuse, genocide, sexual assault, animal death
Begins January 9
Beginning to Chapter 11
Chapter 12 to Chapter 20
Chapter 21 to End