When a cougar attacks hikers near his reservation, Cochiti Pueblo Policeman Peter Romero tracks and destroys the rogue cat. Matters turn bizarre when the carcass disappears and he finds the animal’s spirit sitting on his bed at home demanding justice for the death of his family by poachers. Romero cannot believe what he sees or hears, but is thrust into the investigation when the illegal hunters kill local game wardens. The poachers’ trail gets hot when Romero uncovers a cult of Native American cannibals stalking the Southwest. An Oklahoma Cheyenne family suffers from the dreaded Windigo Psychosis, a malady that makes cannibals of the afflicted and transforms them into ravenous monsters who eat everyone they encounter. FBI Special Agent Jean Reel wants to believe Romero, but despite her Cherokee heritage, has no choice but to stick to FBI protocol. Romero realizes he is on his own. Worse, he discovers that he, not Cougar, has been the target all along. With the dog jaws of a windigo crushing his neck, Romero has seconds to live. He uses his spiritual powers to consult the spirit of a long-dead hunter of the monsters who says the only solution is to change the course of history by killing the mother of all windigos. Will Romero stop the psychotic cannibals? Will he survive?
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“Dave Knop is the new Tony Hillerman”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Gary L. Stuart

Wow! Dave Knop’s third novel is a fabulous read. His character, Peter Romero, is the new Joe Leaphorn, and Knop is the legitimate successor to Tony Hillerman. I’m a lifelong fan of Hillerman’s love of words, his depth of knowledge of the Rez, and his sensitivity about sacred things. Knop carries on that tradition in Animal Parts. This is the kind of complex storytelling that makes us readers want to read in a fetal position, with our body parts wrapped around the book hoping that when we wake up, we will be as enthralled as we were when we fell asleep, reading. Knop’s knack for both adventure and mystery puts his readers in valleys and canyons they swore they’ve never been in before. But being there, with Knop’s descriptive verve, we remember those secret places. He tells us only as much of the story as we need and trusts us to follow it through all the way. I did. I believe in Animal Parts.

About the Author

David E. Knop is a retired Marine officer with twenty years of service. He saw two tours in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer and naval gunfire support officer. As a staff officer, he wrote and edited numerous military operations plans. Dave also authored feature articles for the Field Artillery Journal and Marine Corps Gazette.

In civilian life, Dave became a technical writer and produced many electronic and automotive manuals for industry leaders such as SAIC and Computer Sciences Corporation. Dave’s work for the Eighth Air Force received an award of excellence in a Northern California Society of Technical Communications competition.

An alumnus of Book Passage Mystery Writer’s workshops, Taos Institute of the Arts, Maui Writer’s Retreats, Dave is a lifelong student of Native American mythology.

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