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The Bone Picker by Lu Clifton Lu Clifton
The Bonepicker, A Sam Chitto Mystery (Two Shadows)
Release Date: April 1, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9985284-0-3 (Trade Paper); 978-0-9985284-1-0 (E-book)

It's bitter cold in Oklahoma's Ouachita Wilderness when Detective Sam Chitto of the Choctaw Tribal Police takes on a thirty-five-year-old cold case involving a missing Vietnam veteran and a murdered couple. The discovery of a man's skull in the murdered woman's casket, which her family had disinterred for further investigation, attracts the attention of the veteran's mother. Believing the skull to be that of her son, she tasks Chitto with becoming a Bonepicker.

Because bones survived flesh, Choctaw of old preserved the bones of their deceased, believing their essence dwelled within. Honored people, called Bonepickers, retrieved the bones and presented them to the family for burial.

When his preliminary investigation reveals former suspects in the old murder inquiry have a shorter-than-average life span, Chitto goes looking for the reason. As he unravels the mystery, long-held secrets that have kept residents living in fear the past thirty-five years begin to crumble. This second book in the Same Chitto series is a riveting mystery that unites a diverse set of characters on a mission to see justice served.