C.M. Wendelboe, author of the Spirit Road mysteries, will visit the Belle Fourche Public Library Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. It's the first in the author's series of appearances and book signings in the Black Hills and western South Dakota.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, he's scheduled for a discussion and book signing at the Crook County Library in Sundance. Sunday he's at three Rapid City book signings. Monday the author will be in Pierre and Wessington Springs before a signing in Sioux Falls.
Wendelboe entered the law enforcement profession when he was discharged from the Marines as the Vietnam War was winding down.
In the 1970s he worked in South Dakota towns where he worked with federal and tribal law enforcement agencies. When he moved to Gillette, he was a sheriff's deputy for over 25 years.
In addition, he was a longtime firearms instructor at the local college and within the community.
Now retired from law enforcement, Wendelboe now revisits the Pine Ridge Reservation for research and recreation, including the Black Hills, the Badlands and other places sacred to the Lakota people. His Spirit Road Mysteries reflect his appreciation of the Lakota culture and spirituality.
His latest novel, Death on the Greasy Grass, takes his main sleuth, FBI agent Manny Tanno, to Montana and the Little Bighorn Battlefield.
Wendelboe will be discussing this and his other books at the library and will have his books available for purchase and signing.
The author said his law enforcement background helps with accurate descriptions both of police procedure and crime scenes. He added that law enforcement helped him understand characters, whether victims, killers or potential witnesses.
He added that his background with the Lakota communities in South Dakota and other plains tribes in the region gave a unique setting for his mystery novels.
Wendelboe can tell why he writes in the mystery genre, and how law enforcement and the unique lifestyle of the west have joined in his books.