I'd already read Ned Hayes' newer work, Sinful Folk, before getting to Coeur d'Alene Waters. I'm glad I did, since this earlier work shows us a writer beginning his career and feeling his way around a story.
The premise is somewhat similar - historical events, a story inserted into the gaps, family, relationships, tragedy. But Coeur d'Alene Waters is also a love letter to a town and region in Idaho, if a somewhat dark and murderous love letter.
Filled with flawed characters, a corrupt police force, bought and manipulated by a wealthy local family; it's a rich background to the main tale of redemption, coming to terms and moving on. Slow and clunky in parts, it is however, a worthwhile read in itself, serving as an insight into the mining communities of the region and their demise as a local industry and employer. It is also a milestone in the author's journey towards Sinful Folk and, hopefully, many more to come.
Definitely worth a read. And read Ned's newer novel, Sinful Folk, too.
Couer d'Alene Waters was available at OpenBooks.com, but the site seems to have been abandoned. Pages are not loading properly and I haven't received responses to my queries.
Find out more about Couer d'Alene Waters at Ned Hayes' website.