Sinister Graves


Product Details

$27.95  $25.99
Soho Crime
Publish Date
5.7 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, a Pinckley Prize-winning author, playwright, poet, freelance writer, and a community arts activist. Rendon was awarded the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award for 2020. She is a speaker on Native issues, leadership, and writing. Her second novel in her Cash Blackbear mystery series, Girl Gone Missing, was nominated for the Sue Grafton Memorial Award. Rendon was recognized as a 50 over 50 Change-maker by Minneapolis AARP and Pollen in 2018. She lives in Minneapolis.


Praise for Sinister Graves

A Ms. Magazine Most Anticipated Book of 2022
A Publishers Weekly Big Indie Book of Fall
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Book of Fall

"Marcie Rendon is writing an addictive and authentically Native crime series propelled by the irresistible Cash Blackbear--a warm, sad, sharp, funny and intuitive young Ojibwe woman. I want a shelf of Cash Blackbear novels! To my delight I have a feeling that Rendon is only getting started."
--Louise Erdrich, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Night Watchman

"[A] winning 1970s-set series."
--Sarah Weinman, The New York Times Book Review

"Like Cash's life, there's a rawness and a poetic leanness to Rendon's prose. The plot is quick with no excess, building to a confrontation that's inevitable and electrifying. Rendon's writing is quick and sharp and unflinching in its honesty . . . Haunting and truly gripping."
--Carole E. Barrowman, Star Tribune

"[Cash is] an engaging character."
--Toronto Star

"A gripping look at missing, murdered Indigenous women."
--The Seattle Times

"I fell fast and hard for Rendon's Renee "Cash" Blackbear. The pool playing, beer drinking, hard-nosed 19-year-old Cash is the perfect anti-hero as she juggles a tough exterior that's protecting someone who's been through a lot. Cash drives this story, and you will follow her down any trail to solve the crime."
--B&N Reads

"In Cash Blackbear, an irresistible, beautifully rendered mix of smart, shy, prickly, fierce, and vulnerable, Marcie R. Rendon has created a character we could read about all day long. Readers will be riveted by Cash . . . Addictively readable, as Rendon can make even the purchase of used tires, or a night at the pool club a suspenseful and character-revealing exercise."
--Amazon Book Review

"Rendon's mystery novels simultaneously inform and entertain readers, presenting current Native American issues through her heroine's efforts to solve crimes perpetrated against society's more vulnerable members in the early 1970s . . . Rendon's stories create a world for Cash that readers will want to inhabit."
--Chicago Review of Books

"Thank goodness, Cash Blackbear is back! If you like a good mystery, this will be right up your alley."
--Ms. Magazine

"Once again, Rendon immerses us in the 1970s Midwest and gives readers a plot to carefully consider."

"Rendon infuses her novels with compassion for Indigenous women who are missing or killed and never found. Cash's toughness, commitment to justice and vulnerability honor those women."
--Pioneer Press

"A superb slice of character-centric crime."
--Mystery Scene

"[Rendon] writes in an easy style that braids the mystery with Cash's everyday life - playing pool, taking classes, drinking beer - in prose that is both matter-of-fact and graceful."
--Reviewing the Evidence

"The engaging main character, Cash, makes this story resonate . . . Recommended for readers wanting a character-driven murder mystery."
--Historical Novels Review

"[Sinister Graves] feels extremely, extremely relevant for really tragic reasons that have to do with . . . the violence that happens to Indigenous and Native folks on reservations and, specifically, the disappearance of Native girls and women."
--BookRiot's All the Books! Podcast

"Marcie Rendon has created a series with such authenticity, and such a nuanced main character, that I want it to go on for a good long time. I would recommend these books to anyone who likes a good mystery, a strong main character, a superb sense of place, and a writing style that draws readers right into the heart of each book."
--Kittling Books

"Marcie R. Rendon has me cheering on Cash Blackbear even more vociferously in her latest mystery! Marcie writes the way Anishinaabe people view the world -- full of rich descriptions and layered storytelling. While confronting difficult truths about religion and the value of Indigenous lives, Marcie shares revelatory moments of Cash awakening to her own worth."
--Angeline Boulley, New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper's Daughter

"A powerful, textured, and haunting authentically voiced noir--the kind of book only Rendon could write. The prose is visceral and impossible to ignore, with a story that is bursting with memorable, three-dimensional characters like Cash Blackbear. The best novels in our genre transport readers to new places and times through a knowing, thoughtful guide. Sinister Graves does that and so much more. This book lingers with you in the best way possible."
--Alex Segura, bestselling and acclaimed author of Secret Identity

"Marcie R. Rendon pulls us into a gritty Native American noir about a rebel with a supernatural verve: Cash Blackbear. She's as mysterious as she is deadly, and after five minutes in Cash's presence I was intrigued and charmed. Sinister Graves is a gripping novel that digs into the sacred and unearths haunting fragments of reservation life. Rendon is a master storyteller and binds us inside the depths of our own psychological cellars, of which we may never return."
--Oscar Hokeah, author of Calling for a Blanket Dance

"Sinister Graves is a gripping, must-read mystery. The rhythm brings to mind Sue Grafton at her finest, but Cash Blackbear, the story's beating heart, is a character all her own. She's both fierce and vulnerable, and I'd follow her anywhere."
--Jess Lourey, Edgar-nominated author of Unspeakable Things

"Emotionally intense . . . [Rendon] skillfully handles sobering social issues of stolen children and isolated young adults who feel loss. Recommend to readers of David Heska Wanbli Weiden's award-winning Winter Counts."
--Library Journal

"Rendon deepens the complex character of her eccentric Native American lead, who believes she can read minds and has revelatory out-of-body experiences. Lisbeth Salander fans will be eager to see more of Cash."
--Publishers Weekly

"Lots of menace in this hyperunderstated character piece."
--Kirkus Reviews