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In Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit, a 1991 Pulitzer Prize finalist, the unsolved murder of Grace Blanket, an Indigenous woman, looms large over her family, the Greyclouds, in the years following her death. Stace Redhawk, a Lakota Sioux working for the government, investigates Grace’s case and the darker secrets haunting the Osage tribe she belonged to. Inspired by the real-life Osage murders and Oklahoma land grabs, as well as the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the 1990 novel is a twisty exploration of not only the darkest parts of the human heart, but also the havoc wreaked by corrupt men and a corrupt nation. Tackling the issue of displacement with precision and insight, Hogan’s storytelling is remarkable, powerful, and essentially human. —Cady Lang

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