Jesse Brown Wolf, a mysterious handyman, lives underground to escape his disabling migraines and his equally disturbing past. Angela Prescott has fled her classroom and her home to hide from her abusive, powerful ex-lover. Drawn together by Tommy T, a precocious, homeless 12-year-old, Jesse and Angela find unexpected depths of heroism and love within themselves as they form an unlikely alliance to take a stand against crime on the mean streets of Minneapolis. Traditional Native American folklore and imagery counterbalance the harsh descriptions of survival in the inner city. Eagle, whose Sunrise Song (Avon, 1996) is a nominee for the this year's Janet Dailey Award, lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis. (SM)
An unlikely union that rescues three lost souls is at the heart of Eagle's (Reason to Believe) disappointing new novel. Running from a controlling relationship, Angela Prescott finds herself in the Twin Cities, where she lands a waitressing job through the advice of Tommy T., a 12-year-old boy who has fled an unhappy life at a nearby Indian reservation. Tommy feels responsible when muggers attack Angela one evening after work, and takes her to a mysterious friend who lives in the park and never allows himself to be seen. "Dark Dog" transports Angela to his hidden refuge, attends to her injuries, romances her; after he returns Angela to her own home, he continues to visit and watch over her. After Dark Dog reveals his true identity and tragic past to Angela, disaster strikes, and the two must follow Tommy back to his reservation. There, Angela learns more about Dark Dog's past and decides what she wants for their future. Each character's history takes too long to unfold, and the perfunctory resolution of two important subplots is unsatisfying and anticlimactic. While Native American folklore somewhat enlivens the story, Eagle's hardcover debut is unexceptional. 40,000 first printing; author tour. (June)
"Eagle makes a believable case...for depending on the kindness of strangers."-- "Chicago Tribune"