Dan O'Brien's earlier award-winning novel The Contract Surgeon introduced readers to Valentine McGillycuddy, a friend of the great war chief Crazy Horse.
Through McGillycuddy's eyes, the novel recounts the friendship that so deeply impacted history.
It also chronicles the great Sioux Wars, one of the most violent periods in this nation's history. The Indian Agent is the riveting sequel to The Contract Surgeon.
After Crazy Horse's death, McGillycuddy went on to become the youngest agent in history for the Red Cloud Agency, renamed the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, of the Oglala Lakota band of the Sioux.
Although Red Cloud and McGillycuddy have diametrically opposing views, they have more in common than either suspects.
They both love the land, and they both love the past.
The politics and the enormous tensions of the early days on the reservation come to life here in fascinating detail, as McGillycuddy (known as "the most investigated man" in the government) urges the Sioux to adopt a life of farming. Because he had lived on the vast plains with them, no white man knew better what the Sioux had given up-or understood more fully the impossibility of returning to the old life. Full of the dynamic history of the plains, The Indian Agent is the true story of the conversion of this land from one of free nomadic people to one of settled commerce-achieved, however, at an unfathomable cost.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 304 pages, 5 maps, 1 chronology
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
- Publication Date: 01/03/2011
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780803235885