Chenoo: A Novel by Abenaki storyteller and author breaks new ground for this award-winning author in the fictional world of private detectives. Jacob Neptune, a wise-cracking, two-fisted Penacook private investigator with a checkered past, agrees to help protect his cousin Dennis and other Penacooks in a community on Abenaki Island by staging a takeover of a state campground and land that should have reverted to their Nation, but encroaching developers, government operators and even fellow Penacooks eager to build a casino each pose a threat to the island. Attacked by bikers before he can even board his plane, Neptune—“Podjo” to his friends—quickly begins to realize just how much trouble surrounds his people’s ancestral home. Podjo greets each challenge with self-deprecating humor—but it’s difficult to shake his increasingly disturbing dreams, and an unsettled feeling when his return leads to a reunion with a long-ago love interest. As he and Dennis contend with hired guns, police, and security, a far greater threat appears: someone, or something, is brutally killing people in the woods. It will take all of Neptune’s skills as a martial arts fighter and the wisdom gained from tribal elders to battle the forces that threaten the sacred land—and his and his people’s lives. An exciting new genre for Bruchac that pairs comedy and action with serious consideration of corporate greed, environmental destruction, cultural erosion, and other modern-day issues pressing Indigenous people.