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The Will of the Tribe (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte #27)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Features Bony and a body found in a meteor crater.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Scribner Book Company (first published 1962)
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I'm just a few chapters into this, but the issue of Aboriginal assimilation has been featured already. It gives a window into the culture that accepted and promoted the official practice of removing aboriginal children from their parents in order to give them a white upbringing. It's become of controversial issue for our day, as we as a society deal with the repercussions on the lives of these children and their families.

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In The Will of the Tribe, we see more deeply into Bony's he
"I'll employ a few cliches. We mustn't rush our fences or charge about like a bull in a china shop. Everything will come out in the wash."
"I adore cliches," Rose avowed unsimilingly. "Kurt, you behave. We have agreed to do certain things first thing in the morning. They will be more interesting than losing the temper and thrashing an aborigine. You look for that horse. Leave Captain and Gup-Gup to me."
The powerful, square-faced cattleman who had thrived on battling with drought and flood and fir
Mar 07, 2014 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chronologically, this is the last of the Upfield Bony mysteries, about the half-cast Australian detective. It doesn't have the same element of mystery as most of the others in the series, nor the depth of mystery-solving skills for Bony, but it is worth a read for the continuation of descriptions of Australia of the mid-20th century, and the role in the time and place of the Aborigine people in the northwest corner of Western Australia.

Having read all of these books many years ago, it has been e
May 20, 2016 Lemar rated it it was amazing
In what may be the last of the series of "Bony" mysteries, Upfield once again delivers a nuanced mystery which is also a window into the life of aborigines and white settlers. The Will Of The Tribe Northern Australia around 1962.
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Dec 23, 2015 Rogue Reader rated it really liked it
I will really have to spread out the Upfield books, they are a real pleasure and shouldn't be rushed. This is the last Bony mystery and it is full of introspection, reflection and self awareness. The incredible landscape and the increasingly complex lives of the native peoples are beautifully done.
Jul 20, 2016 Sharron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good narrator and a strong sense of the Outback but figuring out "who did it" didn't pose much of a challenge. Fortunately, why it all happened was a bit more intriguing. That said, this title is by no means his best and could readily be skipped by all but diehard fans of the series.
A man is found dead in the middle of a crater in the desert. There are no tracks to show how he got there. Interesting plot will keep you guessing until the end.
Sep 09, 2014 Nfreynolds rated it really liked it
Good detective mystery of the old Sherlock Holmes genre set in Broome, Northern Australia, 1950's. Good quick vacation/beach read.
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Aka Arthur Upfield

Arthur William Upfield (1 September 1890 – 13 February 1964) was an Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte ('Bony') of the Queensland Police Force, a half-caste Aborigine.

Born in England, Upfield moved to Australia in 1910 and fought with the Australian military during the First World War. Following his wa
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