Dakota

Dakota Former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is getting a little bored in Magpie Montana where she landed at a small local newspaper after being downsized from her job in Kabul Then Judith Calf Looking

  • Title: Dakota
  • Author: Gwen Florio
  • ISBN: 9781579623623
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is getting a little bored in Magpie, Montana, where she landed at a small local newspaper after being downsized from her job in Kabul Then Judith Calf Looking, a local Blackfeet girl missing for several months, turns up dead in a snowbank with a mysterious brand on her forearm The sheriff whose romantic relationship with Lola proFormer foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is getting a little bored in Magpie, Montana, where she landed at a small local newspaper after being downsized from her job in Kabul Then Judith Calf Looking, a local Blackfeet girl missing for several months, turns up dead in a snowbank with a mysterious brand on her forearm The sheriff whose romantic relationship with Lola provides Magpie with its most delicious gossip in years thinks Judith probably froze to death while hitch hiking back to the reservation from wherever she d been.But Lola hears rumors that Judith had been working as an exotic dancer in the North Dakota oil fields, and further discovers that several Blackfeet girls, all known drug users, have gone missing over the past year She heads to the oil patch to check things out, only to find herself in a place where men outnumber women a hundred to one, the law looks the other way, and life especially her own is cheap.Dakota shows the frightening underside of a boom and bust economy of the effect on a small town when big city money washes in, accompanied by hoards of mean far from their families of what happens when the old rules no longer apply, but the new ones are yet to be determined.

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    1. Gwen Florio

      Veteran journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the mass shooting at Columbine High School and the trials of Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter a sheep She s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, among other countries, as well as Lost Springs, Wyo population three Her journalism has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize, and her short fiction for a Pushcart Prize She lives in Missoula, Montana.

    579 thoughts on “Dakota”

    1. Lola Wicks now works for a small Montana newspaper, and is living with the local sheriff, making it impossible for her to have the crime beat; however, when a local girl "from the rez" freezes to death to escape a menace, Lola decides she needs to investigate. Then she finds out there have been other local girls who mysteriously disappeared as well. Off she goes to see about oil mining in Dakota, with her faithful dog as companion. As Lola starts to poke around, her contacts start dying and as h [...]



    2. I received a Preview Edition copy of this book, Dakota, by Gwen Florio, from another site in exchange for an honest review.On the back cover of this novel, it says "Lola's story continues with Dakota." Since I had not read the author's first novel, Montana, I didn't know what to expect. Believe me when I say that Dakota stands alone. No need to read Montana first, but once you've read Dakota, you'll want to read Montana. It's that good!!This novel centers around the North Dakota oil fields, thei [...]


    3. Reporter Lola Wicks has moved from big-city news and far-flung scenes of war to small-town America. Now she’s not even allowed to follow the crime beat since she’s sleeping with the sheriff, but she can’t switch off her concerns or her suspicions. Missing girls, explained away as runaways or accidental death, demand Lola’s attention, whatever her bosses say. And so she heads from Montana’s mountain to Dakota’s bleak dark plains.Author Gwen Florio might be described as a thinking woma [...]


    4. Being a native North Dakotan I was interested to read a story actually set in my often overlooked state. And like I often am with the few stories about North Dakota I come across, I was disappointed. If I hadn't been from here, I would probably rate this book a 3. It was obvious, though, that the author (and the narrator of the audiobook version) did not grow up in ND, have probably never even been to ND, and did not bother to do enough research to make the setting believable. Thor and Charlotte [...]


    5. I really enjoyed reading this contemporary mystery. This is Gwen Florio's second book, however the first I have read. I gave the book a four because it was predictable. The most important thing is, the descriptions are so wonderful. She put me in the scene no matter if it was gritty or beautiful, and everything in between, and I loved that about the book. The events she depicted sometimes happen in any place where there is a strong "haves" base compared to the "Have Nots". I think Gwen not only [...]


    6. Here we go with Lola and Bud on the road again. This is another informative mystery with some great and nasty characters. One thing is for sure: fried chicken will never quite look the same to you after reading this one.Gwen Florio is on a roll now. The next one is called Wyoming, of all places.


    7. I listened to the audio. I realize this book is titled "Dakota" and it takes place there, but listening to the narrator do the voices of the locals was like fingernails on chalk for me. Done superbly in the movie "Fargo" - but seemed way overdone here . Now, the story was good. HOWEVER I hated the ending. What a disappointment. I won't read #3.


    8. Another adventure with LolaLola Wicks is a tough journalist who cares about people more than the story. However her desire to find a solution to a mystery takes her into to danger. Enjoy a story that is fast moving with endearing characters.



    9. I should start off by saying that I am a North Dakotan, I live here, my family lives here, my parents were raised here, so my perspective on this may be different than others.This was a good mystery and it kept me guessing right up to the reveal. Lola is a reporter who decided to go after a story even though her Montana newspaper and Sheriff boyfriend Charlie tell her not to. She finds herself in the North Dakota Oil patch where the men outnumber the women by a huge percentage and finds herself [...]


    10. Lola Wicks, introduced to readers in “Montana,” returns in the second entry in the series. In her mid-30’s, she is now working \at a small daily newspaper in Magpie, Montana, a far cry from the years she spent as a foreign correspondent in Kabul and other war zones before being downsized from her job at a newspaper in Baltimore.After three months, Lola is still dealing with the aftermath of the death of Mary Alice, her best friend, when first arriving in Magpie, “trying to figure out wha [...]


    11. A most excellent 5 star read, review to come:)Well Gwen, you did it again! This is the second Lola Wicks book, Montana being the first in this new and exciting series where we were first introduced to tough on the outside yet, tender on the inside, once worldly journalist Lola Wicks who was downsized from her job as a foreign correspondent to reporting for the small town newspaper The Daily Express in Magpie Montana. Lola is still in the small town of Magpie where she came after the murder of he [...]


    12. "Dakota" finds former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks up to her eyeballs in the oil patch. She's a small-town reporter now, but her instincts still work. She wants to follow her gut and the trail that leads from the body of a dead girl found frozen in a snowbank. The dead girl is from the local Blackfeet tribe. Having been to Afghanistan, Wicks is not unfamiliar with the treatment of the powerless and of the “fecklessness of men.” She knows oppression when she sees it. “Obituaries from th [...]


    13. I have added Lola Wicks to the list of characters whose adventures I hope to follow for a long time.Lola, a former foreign correspondent, relocates to Magpie, Montana, and starts a relationship with the local sheriff. That relationship, however keeps her from being able to report on police matters for the local newspaper. But when a girl missing from the Indian reservation Magpie is built in is found dead not far from home, Lola doesn't let the technicality of not being on the police beat stop h [...]


    14. I'm honestly giving this three stars instead of two because the subject matter was interesting, even if the story was predictable.Lola Wicks is a big city reporter now living in rural Montana, covering the local Indian Reservation for the town's newspaper. After a missing girl is found dead outside of town, Lola discovers that the dead girl, along with other young girls missing from the Reservation, may have been working as prostitutes in the Dakota oil fields.The oil book towns of the Dakotas h [...]


    15. Most sequels are disappointing, pale imitations. Not so with Gwen Florio’s follow-up to her awarding-winning novel Montana. Dakota is a smashingly drawn, dark, icy cold and fast-paced tour de force set in the oil fields of western North Dakota, surprisingly for this reader, the second largest oil producing state in the US. Once again, her main character is the tough-as-nails journalist Lola Wicks, whose years reporting from Afghanistan, where Florio herself worked as a journalist, provides her [...]


    16. Death on the reservation was a constant companion, but when a young Native American girl dies in the snow trying to go home, Lola starts to find out about all the other missing girls. Lola goes to the patch, a shantytown near the oilrigs. The men go there to make money off the rigs and the women go to make money off the men. Her instincts as a reporter tell her there’s something going on and she’s determined to uncover the secret. She finds the town of Burnt Creek infected with prostitution, [...]



    17. I received this book as a giveaway. I am new to and went a little crazy signing up for free books. When I won this one, I was a little disappointed because it would have been my last pick. I was so pleaantly surprised! The book deals with subject matter I have very little interest in, trucking, oil fields, prostitution, and Native American culture. Despite that, I really enjoyed reading it. The author has a lovely writing style, very descriptive. You can feel those prairie winds blow. She spin [...]


    18. Another page-turning adventure of Lola Wicks! This time, Florio takes us to the seedy underbelly of the Bakken boom. Lola is a determined, if not flawed, investigator and her latest cause is uncovering the truth about the murder of a local Blackfeet teenager found dead in the snow. Florio takes on sex-trafficking and corruption in intricate detail, but it was her poetic, graceful prose that stole the show for me. Her descriptions were beautifully done, which made the subject that much more abhor [...]


    19. This was another book that I listened to via the audiobook version. It was well suited to that for me. I like an audiobook that is compelling enough that you care what happens next but that does not have too many twists and turns; this last being important just in case you have to pay an enhanced level of attention to the road or your journey. Dakota is a timely story that met the above criteria. Our protagonist is a reporter living in Indian Country in Montana among the Blackfeet people. She ha [...]


    20. In North Dakota a young woman is found dead in a snowbank. Lola, a former big city reporter now working for the small-town newspaper in North Dakota, takes it upon herself to find the perp. Her search takes her to the new oil towns that have sprung up - the modern gold rush. We see the underbelly of the oil towns and man camps: prostitution, women as meat, violence, corruption, etc. Very disconcerting and probably true; it is the new Wild West. Lola is a reporter who has spent time in the Middle [...]


    21. A very fast read that I credit to the fact that the author is a former journalist. Florio writes in a straightforward journalistic style that makes one want to know the ending. This mystery set in the oil patch of North Dakota is gritty with the detail of the life of living in the man camps. Impacted by all the development of the oil patch is the Blackfeet Indian tribe--their teen daughters are missing and may have become a commodity for the man camps. This is definitely not a cozy mystery, but [...]


    22. I enjoyed her first mystery in the series—Montana featuring reporter Lola Wicks, as well as this one. Lola leaves Magpie, Montana, and the warm bed of Sheriff Charlie Laurendeau to go on an assignment of her own choosing in ‘the patch’ an oil town in North Dakota which is ten hours driving time away. She has a hunch that some girls, who have disappeared from the Blackfoot Reservation, might be there. As soon as she gets a lead, like the name of someone who might be able to give her some in [...]


    23. Lola Wicks used to be a foreign correspondent but now finds herself in the small town of Magpie, Montana dealing with small time stories. That is, until a missing young woman from local Indian tribe is found dead in a snowbank. Although, involved with the sheriff, this doesn’t stop her from investigating the murder and other missing girls. Her suspicions lead her to an old town some fifty miles away that is experiencing a boom and these girls could be prostitutes for the workers.The characters [...]


    24. I'm addicted to this series. I'm going right on to book three: Disgraced. While protagonist Lola Wicks, a former foreign correspondent, is an amateur sleuth, she's grittier than a "cozy" heroine. Even though home base for the series is small town Magpie, Montana, and Lola has a sheriff love interest and a three-legged dog, the books would fall at the fringe of the cozy sub-genre. Florio's books do not deal with topics like knitting and cooking. Much of Dakota takes place in a fracking boom town [...]


    25. This is a somewhat roughly written book that takes place in Montana (and going into North Dakota)--the topic is a good one, in that there are really big changes happening in rural Dakotas, what with lots of men working in the oil fields and making a lot of money, and living rough and without their families--so there are all the social breakdowns that occurred in the AMerican West--all the women are maltreated, sometimes raped, but there are lots of prostitutes, and sexual violence. Some of the w [...]


    26. This author is scheduled to attend our library association conference in April, so I thought it might be a good idea to become familiar with her work. I couldn't get a copy of the first title ("Montana") so went with the second featuring her female reporter, Lola Wicks. I'd still like to read the earlier book, but this works as a stand-alone too. Another interesting description of issues confronting the towns affected by the oil boom. I didn't see the end coming as it did, and suspect there coul [...]


    27. I loved the premise of this book, but by the end I just wasn't buying it. The fracking oil boom of North Dakota as a hostile and wild west-ish landscape is a great setting, but about half way through the characters took a turn for the dramatically cheesy. I felt like many of them changed personality completely near the end as a plot twist, which I'm never a fan of, as I have a hard time believing it. And I found the ending unbelievable--this couple who is wildly independent, goes from totally br [...]


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