Kill the Indian: A Killstraight Story

Written by Johnny D. Boggs
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

In 1888, Daniel Killstraight, a Comanche Metal Shirt, or tribal police officer, is appointed to attend a conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Accompanying him in the delegation is his friend Charles Flint, and it is led by the famous Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. After preliminary negotiations with Texas cattlemen over leasing grasslands on the Comanche reservation, one of the Indian chiefs in the delegation dies under suspicious circumstances. Parker is found comatose and near death. Killstraight suspects foul play and attempts to find the truth.

This is another book in the Killstraight series. Johnny Boggs is a Spur Award- winning writer and has developed an interesting but unlikely hero, a protagonist who tries to maintain the law in a country where Native Americans have few rights or privileges. The novel can be enjoyed without reading the previous books in the series. Highly recommended for Western book lovers who also enjoy a good mystery and a unique crime-solving protagonist.