Book cover of Looking for Smoke

Looking for Smoke



Publisher & Publication Year

HarperCollins/Heartdrum, 2024

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K. A. Cobell (Blackfeet)

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Leah Rose Kolakowski (Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe)



When local girl Loren includes Mara in a traditional Blackfeet Giveaway to honor Loren’s missing sister, Mara thinks she’ll finally make some friends on the Blackfeet reservation. Instead, a girl from the Giveaway, Samantha White Tail, is found murdered. Because the four members of the Giveaway group were the last to see Samantha alive, each becomes a person of interest in the investigation. And all of them—Mara, Loren, Brody, and Eli—have a complicated history with Samantha. Despite deep mistrust, the four must now take matters into their own hands and clear their names—even though one of them may be the murderer.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: "Cobell highlights the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis and delivers a gut-punch of an ending in this timely debut thriller that is by turns spine-tingling and emotionally raw."

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