Writer sets first novel on Pine Ridge Reservation

First-time author Jane Colhoff recently published "Bones in the Badlands," a murder mystery set on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Colhoff, 56, drew on her personal experiences to create the novel. She was an attorney and coroner on the reservation. Her late husband, Richard, was an Oglala Sioux tribal member and Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer.

The book tells the story of an attorney who recently lost her husband. She is urged by a Lakota elder to help solve a 60-year-old murder investigation.

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