When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. As the evidence leads her to a shocking discovery, she uncovers not only murder but an ominous, vengeful twist that strikes at the very core of what it means to be a member of the Fire-Sky People. With an intimate knowledge of...
|Title||:||Hearts of the Missing|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
Hearts of the Missing Reviews
Taut amalgam of Native American culture, current landscape of their society now and a crackling good mystery. Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize 2017 for best debut mystery set in the Southwest, this book will educate you on Fire-Sky Native Americans while keeping you up late with your heart in your throat. Meet Nicky Matthews Pueblo Police Sergeant who has earned the respect of the community, but runs afoul of her police captain. Let's just hope she will be back to thrill is again soon.
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This book is the winner of the Tony Hillerman prize and thus has some serious shoes to fill, and it fills them fairly well. Set on the Pueblo, Potenza has created a fictional but believable tribe, the Fire-Sky tribe. She then gives each of her four major characters varying degrees of connection to the tribe. At the center of the story is Sgt. Nicky Matthews, a Pueblo police officer, not native herself.
Her best friend, Savannah Analia, the public safety director’s assistant, is full blood. Then t ...more
I truly enjoyed this book and was much more impressed by it than I expected to be. The portrayal of Native American cultural and ritual was well done. As another reviewer said, I agree that the storyline pacing was a little off at times, but overall it worked well. I read it in two days because I was intrigued immensely by both plot and characters.
My only complaint would be in regards to some of the law enforcement portrayal. Not all of the lingo used was entirely accurate, but I doubt anyone wh ...more
I was a little disappointed when I found out the tribe was fictional. It then made me wonder if the customs and rituals I had just enjoyed learning so much about were also fictional, but from online interviews with Potenza I gather that those are based on research (Potenza's sister in law is a police officer in a New Mexico Pueblo).
The mystery revolves around scientific research, organ donors (the Fire Sky People have to be buried intact, so they aren't donors), and DNA. Potenza is a practicing ...more
I've decided to do a display: Old School, New School. It will feature mysteries that take place before technology took over, and those after. This book is definitely after. DNA analysis is a major part of the mystery, both solving it and causing it. And cell phones are a key component. This however also contains elements from so far back in history we are dealing with mythology. I loved learning about a new group of New Mexico natives and how they are trying to maintain their culture. Good chara ...more
This was a decent police procedural; if you temper your expectations you won't be terribly disappointed. The pacing is jerky, there are many relationships that are introduced poorly, and the minor characters, especially cops, are cardboard cutouts. While it's easy to see why this won the Hillerman prize as its descriptions of native culture and natural beauty of the West approach that author's lyrical prose, this doesn't hold a candle. Try this, and if you like it then try Hillerman.
3 1/2 stars out of 5
Hearts of the Missing is a police procedural story that isn't able to find the right flow making the story feel jerky and a little too messy. The story throws readers right in with very little back story that could cause readers to becomes lost at times with who does what and why. The characters at times lack focus for being police which makes the story once again a little too stop and go feeling.
While the story its selves is interesting giving readers a in-depth look at fire ...more
Potenza takes us into the heart of the Fire-Sky people of New Mexico through the eyes of Pueblo Police Sgt. Nicky Matthews. When a suicide leads to suspicions of a larger horror, the story burrows into the history and culture of the pueblo. Rich characters and a mystery unique to the Fire-Sky people make this an exciting beginning to a new series.