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by John T. Biggs
Everyone on the Navajo reservation thinks Danny Riley is a witch. Nothing to it, of
course—just because his enemies have a way of catching on fire or getting
stranded in the desert. He knows all that talk of magic is nothing more than tricks
and superstitious nonsense. But since he left the rez to avoid being murdered, Danny's
beginning to wonder if people are right about him.
In the city, he meets the girl of his dreams—but for some strange reason,
she believes he is her husband. A stranger with tattoos on his face passes him a
fat envelope filled with money. A homicidal dwarf is trying to kill him over
something called Cherokee Ice—and it looks like he might do it.
The little man points a pistol at him and says, "Silver bullets. You won't rise up this time."
Danny's mystified, but it's clear there's no way out. Nothing left but to fall back on
his Indian ways and pray he really does possess some powerful magic.
Praise for Cherokee Ice
Magic realism comes to Oklahoma courtesy of John T Biggs, who weaves together an eccentric
cast of characters and a fast-paced plot to create something inventive, surprising, and unique.
I look forward to every word this man writes.
~ William Bernhardt, NYT Bestselling author of Challengers of the Dust
John T. Biggs is a brilliant writer. He's proven it again and again, book after book. With
Owl Dreams, Popsicle Styx, Sacred Alarm Clock and now with the outstanding
novel Cherokee Ice. Biggs is a master of the first person internal dialogue, and his
blend of Native American spirituality and magical realism, with characters operating for the most
part outside the law, is nothing short of spectacular. Everything Biggs writes is top notch, and
Cherokee Ice is no exception. His books are not only page-turners, which is a fine
compliment in itself, but page-burners, because you just can't wait to see what's going to happen
on the next page. I give Cherokee Ice the highest recommendation: Five Stars.
~ J. B. Hogan, author of Losing Cotton
John Biggs' voice cannot be duplicated. It is distinct and makes breaking most of the no-no's
of writing seem like the right thing to do. John repeats phrases, repeats descriptions, has
characters echo the same viewpoints over and over again. He observes character as the author
telling things about the person that the point-of-view character couldn't possibly know.
John Biggs' writing should be studied on every college campus for its unique character development,
amazing humor in the midst of some really gory scenes, and the ability to convince the reader that
all the improbable events happening to a multitude of characters will come together in the end
satisfactorily. Only John can make you love a crystal meth addict, dealer, fallen hussy, nasty
grandma, and a hero, who has a rap sheet, and everybody thinks is a witch. John Biggs is Mozart
to our Salieri. He's the Albert Einstein of prose. After reading one of John's novels, I have to
take several breaths of fresh air, do a half-hour on the treadmill, and recite the serenity prayer
to put my mind back together. Cherokee Ice, like all of John's novels, is a welcome trip on the
literary equivalent of the crystal meth and Indian peyote he writes about.
~ Bill Wetterman, author of A Covenant with Death
John Biggs' latest novel is peopled with a vivid cast of characters. There's a mysterious Black
Seminole medicine man, a beautiful but doomed white girl, an African American dwarf, a wonderfully
twisted psychopath, and a half-Laguna Indian who's down on his luck, all intersecting in Oklahoma.
Each of their lives is irrevocably altered as they come in contact with a legendary form of
methamphetamine known as Cherokee Ice. This is a book about addiction—to people, to drugs, to
violence and to hard times. Though it is an intense book, Biggs' sense of place, finely-drawn characters,
and sly humor are not to be missed.
~ JazzGirl on Amazon.com
John Biggs has two dilemmas: he's seen the magic that surrounds everyone and he can't stop writing
about it. We don't know if it has anything to do with the Native American culture that surrounds him,
but we wonder. There was that business with the paint. He swears it was just a smudge on his cheek he
got when doing a little touch-up around the house, but we're not so sure.
His knowledge of the criminal underworld benefitted from a part time job as a night security guard in
Chicago and his later work as a prison dentist in Lexington, Oklahoma. His familiarity with the
mystical realm is a mystery to most who know him as a pretty regular guy.
John moved to Chicago in 1968, in time for the Democratic National Convention riots, which he didn't
attend but remembers in great detail. He's written many research articles — a very bad way to
learn the craft, he says — and started writing fiction in 2001. Since then he's published dozens
of short stories and won numerous awards, including the grand prize of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest
Writing Competition for "Boy Witch."
John and his wife travel at every opportunity. He loves reading and writing to the point of fanaticism,
and spends altogether too much time in cemeteries. He won't tell us who he talks to there, but it's clear
he's got a direct line to someone — or something — that's giving him inspiration.
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