Investigating an embezzlement scheme at a Native American casino tears federal prosecutor Aroostine Higgins away from a romantic getaway with her husband, Joe. Dispatched by her superior in the hopes that her Native American roots will win trust in a community wary of outsiders, Aroostine goes on high alert when she finds her would-be informant executed in his home.
Money skimming, murder, and rumors of stolen military weapons are linked to someone on the reservation, and Aroostine butts heads with tribal authorities bent on solving the crime and doling out punishment on their own terms. After narrowly escaping a deadly ambush, she and Joe must somehow protect each other and another whistle-blower from a killer’s bullet. She’ll have to connect with the heritage she left behind in order to track down this ruthless killer.
I really enjoyed this story filled with mystery and suspense. Aroostine Higgins is a Native American. After her grandfather’s death she was raised in a predominately white area and then went on to become a prominent Assistant U.S. District attorney. Known as Roo, her vacation is cut short when her former boss calls and asks her to speak with an informant about illegal activity in a Native American Casino. Roo isn’t sure, but her former boss thinks she is the perfect person to find out what is going on because of her Native American Heritage – something she doesn’t identify with. She learns more about this part of herself as she tries to figure out what is going on. Roo also has to deal with the United States Federal Law vs Tribal Law, something she learns as she goes.
This is an exciting story with a unique twist. I enjoyed Roo’s character and how she had to dig deep within herself to find her roots and do her job in a fair and just way. As the second book in a series, I did not find Chilling Effect to be difficult to understand and think it works as a stand-alone. The writing, while simplistic, tells a wonderful tale and is very descriptive in capturing Roo’s inner struggle. I am going to have to go back and read the first book in the series just to spend more time with this captivating character.