On a bleak Christmas morning, Sewa Tribal Police Officer Heather English stumbles upon the body of the newly-elected governor. A note on the corpse promises Heather will be next.
The same morning, her Uncle Mad Dog, a Cheyenne wanna-be shaman, receives a grisly gift from someone who mistakes him for a drug lord. It's a severed human hand.
Meanwhile, Heather's father, Sheriff English of Benteen County, Kansas, calms a wild incident in a church parking lot. The creche in the town's largest yard display has been desecrated. To avoid a shootout, the sheriff confiscates the owner's guns. Soon the county fills with rumors that the sheriff is systematically violating Second Amendment rights and seizing every weapon. A local militia turns out, locked and loaded, ready to do what it takes to stop him.
J.M. Hayes, still a Kansas boy at heart, now lives in Arizona. English Lessons is his sixth Mad Dog & Englishman Mystery.