Billy “Two Bears” Simpson is a member of the St. Paul Police Force. He is of mixed race, half Dakota Sioux and half White. He has been raised in the White community, but still has ties with the Mdewakanton Dakota Reservation.
Kelly Stewart is Billy’s partner on the force. Despite regulations against it, they have become involved. When a serial killer puts the city of St. Paul on edge, the two are assigned to the case.
Jack Kinkaid, the serial killer, has Kelly in his sights. He has plans to abduct her, but in this case keep her alive, for reasons known only to him.
This novel offers other unforgettable characters, including clinical psychologist Dr. Pam Stover, small town attorney Lynn Broadwater, Sheriff John Brown, Red Eagle and elders of the reservation who speak truths about the two cultures that Billy embodies.
This gripping story weaves historical events including the massacre at Wounded Knee and the U.S.-Dakota Conflict with a modern-day crime and its subsequent trial. It explores the systems of justice found in multiple cultures, along with Billy’s struggle to reconcile the duality of his heritage. This unique novel will keep the reader thinking long after the final page.
Please consider my novel, THE TRIALS OF BILLY TWO BEARS, a crime story and courtroom drama about a man who struggles with the duality of cultures within him.
Expert in the skills of Native American tracking, hand-to-hand combat and horse-whispering, Detective Billy “Two Bears” Simpson, half Dakota and half White, wears a gold shield for the St. Paul Police Department. When his partner, the beautiful Kelly Stewart, is kidnapped, Billy uses Native American tracking skills to uncover clues that were overlooked by the investigating officers that lead to the arrest of a suspect.
What they do not realize is that the kidnapper has set a plan in motion that if he is caught, he will manipulate the judicial system into setting him free. Then he will be able to re-visit Kelly at will. He will have a living victim to satisfy his desires. The missteps by the prosecution occur as planned, the indictment is dismissed “with prejudice” and the kidnapper is free to go after Kelly as she tries to recover. And there is nothing the White Man’s law can do. Will Billy abide by these unjust laws, as he has sworn to do, or will he protect Kelly?
In a vision, “Two Bears” is transported back to December 1890, Wounded Knee Creek South Dakota, where he watches helplessly as the Sioux are massacred by the United States Army. His people slaughtered by his people.
Billy seeks guidance in hours spent in the Dakota “sweat lodge” where he listens as Elders tell of simple truths. As Kelly’s torment intensifies, Billy decides to forgo the impotent laws and take matters into his own hands,
When a body is found in a burned-out farmhouse, Billy is arrested and put on trial for his life. Attorney Lynn Broadwater, who has ties to the Dakota reservation, is hired to represent Billy. Will Billy pay for the crime of protecting Kelly when the law would not, or will Broadwater find a way to help the jury find justice, but stay within the framework of the law?
In researching this novel, I have spent time at the Prairie Island Reservation, interviewing Elders of the Tribe.