10.7.13

BUFFALO MOUNTAIN, by Frederick Ramsay

3/series. Sheriff Ike Schwartz, Jewish copper (and former CIA agent) in a small Shenandoah Valley town, finds a body in the snow. He knows who it is: a former Russian spy. But identification says the man is Randall Harris, possibly related to a local mountain clan. Ike, recognizing that this is far more sensitive than a clan misunderstanding gone viral, stashes the body under its false name, and begins to peel away the obscuring layers. A nicely-tuned plot, a great protagonist (and his college president girlfriend is something else), an assemblage of weird mountain folk, and some real, and unreal, tragedy make for good reading. A 4.