Astronomer and author David Lee Summers returned to the show to discuss with Lynn Moorer Owl Riders, his historical fiction sequel to The Brazen Shark. Set in 1885 with his protagonists Fatemeh and Ramon Morales settled in New Orleans, Ramon, now a U. S. Assistant Attorney, is called upon to settle a dispute between the Tsokanende Indians and the U. S. Army over a sliver of land in southern Arizona. Healer and pharmacist Fatemeh is kidnapped by Hamid Farzan, a Persian merchant to whom she was originally betrothed. Fatemeh’s and Ramon’s daughter Alethea uses her intelligence and resourcefulness to help rescue her mother.
Hillerman prize winner and NMSU biochemistry professor Carol Potenza chatted with Lynn Moorer about her first novel, Hearts of the Missing, a mystery involving murder of victims because of their genetic makeup. Her protagonist is Pueblo Police Sargeant Nicky Matthews, a non-Indian regarded as having second sight, who is assigned to investigate the apparent suicide of a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members from the Tsiba’ashi D’yini Indian Reservation located in New Mexico. Even when her superiors appear ready to discipline her for insubordination, she continues to investigate.