Girl Gone Missing

A Cash Blackbear Mystery

By: Marcie R. Rendon
Author Marcie Rendon was the recipient of the 2020 McKnight Distinguished Artist award

A blonde girl in Cash’s freshman Science class disappears. But soon she’s flying into Cash’s dreams, calling for help.



A blonde girl in Cash’s freshman Science class disappears. But soon she’s flying into Cash’s dreams, calling for help.

Most people call Renee Blackbear—the nineteen-year-old Anishinabe woman—“Cash.” Why? Because she drives trucks for cash. She plays pool for cash. She pays with cash. Now she’s in college, thanks to Sheriff Wheaton, the guy who pulled her from her mother’s wrecked car when she was three. Cash has navigated through foster homes and, at 13, was working farms, driving truck.

Turns out she’s smart, real smart, but she’s a duck out of water at Moorhead State. Her classmates and professors talk mostly about nothing, not like the working men she’s known all her life who talk dirt and fertilizer, weather and prices on the Grain Exchange. Then Cash hears about a blonde girl in her English class gone missing. And then another. She begins to dream blonde girls calling for help. They’re in Minneapolis. She’s never been far from the Red River. She’s never heard of White Slavery. And, then, suddenly she’s locked inside a room with the lost girls. She needs to find a way out.

Awards and Accomodations

G.P. Putnam Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award Nominee
In the Margins Fiction Recommendation List for 2020
Best Noir Fiction of 2019, CrimeReads

13 reviews for Girl Gone Missing

  1. Publishers Weekly
    Rendon’s refreshing sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Red River…When [Cash] hears about a missing coed, she contacts [Sheriff] Wheaton. Since they previously worked together successfully on a murder, Wheaton trusts Cash’s sharp instincts and asks for her help in solving the case…Rendon, herself a member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation, highlights the plight of Native Americans who were forcibly adopted by whites and Cash’s discomfort in a land that is and is not hers. Readers will look forward to Cash’s next outing.

  2. Kirkus Reviews
    In her second outing, Cash Blackbear goes off to college and finds herself embroiled in the mystery of a missing classmate.’I’m not used to folks treating me like I’m stupid,’ says Cash. But Moorhead State is another world, one slow to disclose the secrets of its initiated.

  3. Grand Rapids Herald-Review

    I won’t recount the terror, the drama, and the bravery of what follows. You can read the book yourself.The ending, I’ll just say, is deeply satisfying.

    Rendon has been working for years in the prisons with women who are incarcerated for prostitution, soliciting, and other offenses. Teaching them to tell their stories and access their inner writing voice. She’s able to convey the savagery of the system, what it does to women and their families, how deeply it is connected to poverty, and how it reaches into white rural and suburban areas as well as communities of color.

    —Ann Markusen

  4. The Durango Telegraph
    Rendon is a natural storyteller and a consummate writer, and we’re indebted to Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso for bringing the unforgettable Cash Blackbear to life. There isn’t a protagonist in recent fiction with the bearing of Rendon’s creation, and we’re the better for knowing her. —Jeffrey Mannix

  5. The Circle News
    Darn that Marcie Rendon but she did it again. She wrote another book featuring Renee “Cash” Blackbear which invariably led to non-stop, compulsive reading and thoughts about the 19-year-old protagonist…This is a good book. If you read it, block out uninterrupted time. It’s hard to put down. —Deborah Locke

  6. Buzzfeed
    The vivid writing and keen eye keep the pages turning and readers hoping for another book in this series. ——Wendy J. Fox

  7. The Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Rendon, an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation who lives in Minneapolis, has created a forceful vehicle in Cash’s character as a reminder of a painful history. —Ginny Greene

  8. Midwest Book Review
    [A] deftly crafted and fully engaging read from cover to cover that is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

  9. Linda Rodriguez, author of the Skeet Bannion Mysteries
    Cash Blackbear is a complex, courageous character, full of her own integrity.

  10. Linda LeGarde Grover, author of The Road Back to Sweetgrass
    Against the landscape of a 1970s college town, the disappearance of a classmate draws Cash into a web of dreams, deceit and danger. Heart-stopping, heartrending and heartening, often all at the same time.

  11. Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of The Sky Always Hears Me
    I was so glad to have more Cash to read…please keep writing about Cash. I love her brains, her broken heart, and her intuition.

  12. Popular Culture Association
    Rendon’s Cash is definitely the savior and defies societal expectations, stereotypes, and prejudices. The mystery is intriguing: the perpetrator of the kidnappings is somewhat surprising, but the information on the plight of indigenous women, and—in this case—their Native savior makes the novel unforgettable. —Karthryn Swanson

  13. Transmotion
    Murder on the Red River and Girl Gone Missing are excellent novels, so compulsively readable that they are difficult to put down…presenting compelling and engaging narratives that also touch on issues that face Indigenous peoples and communities. —Mary Stoecklein, Pima Community College

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