The Long Knives are Crying by author Joseph M Marshall III

Review By Dawn Karima Pettigrew
News From Indian Country 11-08

The Long Knives are Crying represents the second novel in the Lakota Westerns series, written by Joseph M. Marshall III. Marshall hails from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, and is noted for his narration and contributions to “Into the West.” The initial novel in Marshall’s series, entitled Hundred in the Hand, introduced readers to the Native American viewpoint, blended with the elements that appeal to fans of the Western writing genre.

In this recent release, Marshall chronicles the fascinating days prior to the Battle of Little Bighorn. Skillful warriors assemble under Sitting Bull’s wisdom and guidance and establish a powerful Lakota force. Marshall personalizes these events by sharing the perspectives of individual warriors and tribal members. Juxtaposing the daily lives, loves and aspirations of the Lakota people with the historical events that cause these proud people to collide with General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry. As a result, this novel demonstrates familiar history from a distinct point of view, which provides readers with the Native American perspective.

Fans of Western stories, historical fiction and Native American culture will find satisfying storytelling and intriguing incidents in Marshall’s work. Joseph M. Marshall III proffers the personalities and events that occur as Native Americans fight for freedom and to protect their land and lifeways. The Long Knives are Crying is an outstanding addition to the Lakota Westerns series and to any library.

The Long Knives are Crying by Joseph M. Marshall III. Golden, CO: Fulcrum,  2008. 384 pages, hardcover, ISBN#: 978-1-55591-672-5, $24.95.