do not normally enjoy historic fiction, but I did enjoy
this book. Rather than try to portray Custer in some
"pretend" scenario, full of over-contrived descriptions
of him, this book takes a quick glimpse of Custer through
the journal of an unidentified member of his inner circle
and runs with a modern story of whodunit and charm.
story begins in Hardin with an Indian who has the journal.
He sends it to his college student niece, Sally Wolf,
in hopes she can discover its apparent value. The protagonist,
Walter Reeves, is the niece's history professor who
has inner conflicts concerning his marriage and his
career. Walter gets the necessary remedy for the boredom
in his life as he finds himself entwined in a journey
involving burglary, kidnapping, and murder. Along the
way are a militia group, determined to protect Custer's
reputation, and radical Indians, all trying to get their
hands on the journal.
author, Lorin Lee Cary, is a retired history professor
who has taken his knowledge and humor on a fun ride.
Die-hard Custer fans will find some minor faults, but
the book is a good read. It may be a good peripheral
introduction to the Custer story for their less-enthused
family and friends.