Dashell Bad Horse is a member of the Tribal Police on the Prairie Rose Reservation; it is his job to make sure that things run smoothly in a place with one of the highest rates of unemployment and lowest life-expectancies in the country.
Dashell Bad Horse is also an enforcer for Chief Red Crow, the crime lord of Prairie Rose; making sure that Red Crow’s meth labs and prostitution-rings don’t have any competition.
Dashell Bad Horse is also an FBI agent, forced to go undercover in the tribal home he fled fifteen years earlier to bring down Red Crow’s criminal empire.
This is gritty stuff – a proper crime story. There is no such thing as black and white in Scalped; shades of grey typify every character and situation. Bad Horse is meant to be the hero, but as the story goes on, it becomes harder to sympathise with him, and easier to see the point-of-view of the corrupt Lincoln Red Crow.
If you’re looking for a good, hard noir story, this is your best bet.