FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE * Named a Best Mystery and Thriller Book of all Time by Time
The story of a government official who learned to honor his Native American heritage and fall in love with its people through the investigation of Grace Blanket: a young woman who was once the richest person in her territory, until the greed of white men led to her murder and a future of uncertainty for her family.
In this 1991 Pulitzer Prize nominee, Chickasaw author Linda Hogan pulls the curtain back on the history of the Osage tribe during the Oklahoma oil boom. When rivers of oil were found beneath the land belonging to the Osage tribe, Grace Blanket became the richest person within the territory.
But when her fortune was discovered, Grace was murdered at the hand of greedy men. Then, after taking in Grace’s daughter following her death, the Greycloud family began dying mysteriously, even after multiple letters begging for help were sent to Washington, D.C. Their pleads were unanswered and their family slowly disappeared until Native American government official Stace Red Hawk ventured west to investigate the terrors plaguing the Osage tribe.
Through his investigation, Stace was able to the uncover rampant fraud, intimidation, and murder that led to the death of Grace Blanket and the Greycloud family. But, amidst the horror that once plagued his people, Stace finds something truly extraordinary—a realization of his deepest self and an abundance of love and appreciation for his native people and their brave past.
Praise for MEAN SPIRIT
“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.” —Time
"Mean Spirit is a story rooted both in truth and mystery, and Linda Hogan has written it beautifully.” —Louise Erdrich, author of The Night Watchman
"This is a powerful, beautiful book. Linda Hogan gives us a true and vivid look at part of a great American tragedy. I wish everyone would read Mean Spirit and begin to understand." —Tony Hillerman, author of the Leaphorn and Chee series
"Linda Hogan's Mean Spirit is a marvel. It is interesting to see how gracefully she, like a number of Native American poets—Momaday, Erdrich, Welch, Silko—has made a very natural move from poetry to the novel. The prose in Mean Spirit is exquisite, the narrative fine, if enraging. This is certainly an auspicious debut." —Jim Harrison, author of The Big Seven
"Mean Spirit is a beautiful and elegiac story, a true American Tragedy, a paradise lost. I loved it, even while it broke my heart." —William Kittredge, author of The Willow Field