Bone Rattler
Bone Rattler: A Mystery of Colonial America
Bone Rattler
Eliot Pattison
In a novel rich in historical detail, acclaimed author Eliot Pattison reconsiders the founding of America and explores how disenfranchised people of any age and place struggle to find justice, how conflicting cultures can be reconciled through compassion and tolerance, and ultimately how the natural world has its own morality.Aboard a British convict ship bound for the New World, protagonist Duncan McCallum witnesses a series of murders and apparent suicides among his fellow Scottish prisoners. A strange trail of clues leads Duncan into the New World and eventually thrusts him into the bloody maw of the French and Indian War. Duncan is indentured to the British Lord Ramsey, whose estate in the uncharted New York woodlands is a Heart of Darkness where multiple warring factions are engaged in physical, psychological, and spiritual battle.Exploring a frontier world shrouded in danger and defying death in a wilderness populated by European settlers, Indian shamans, and mysterious scalping parties, Duncan, the exiled chief of his near-extinct Scottish clan, finds that sometimes justice cannot be reached unless the cultures and spirits of those involved are appeased.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This novel is a fictional mystery set in colonial America
during the French and Indian War.  It combines aspects of
the cultures of the Highland Scots, Native Americans, and
European settlers in the New World.  The main character is
Duncan McCallum, an exiled chief of a Highland Scot clan.  
He is being transported on a British convict ship to the
American colonies, where he will be forced to do manual
labor.  While on the ship, several murders and suicides,

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