Navajo Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn are reunited in this intricately-woven mystery from the writer described by USA Today as "flat out marvelous."
Ashie Pinto, a poor Navajo shaman, is charged with the murder of Delbert Nez, Jim Chees best friend and in Apache County sheriff. Janet Pete, attorney for the Navajo tribe's legal aid office, is his counsel, a job made especially difficult by Pinto's refusal to talk. Jim Chee is a key prosecution witness since he arrested Pinto near Nez's burning car while Nez lay inside. Lt. Joe Leaphorn observes the trial at the request of the defendant's family, and is troubled by the number of unanswered and disturbing questions that arise during the hearing. Chee is also goadcd into invcstigative action when Janet Pete feels that lie might not be doing all that he could because the victim was his friend.
The independent trails of the two detectives ]cad them to the core of an intricate conspiracy involving a valuable historical find, and a skinwalkcr ritual responsible for Pinto's silence. They get caught in a web of deceit and the mystical world of Navajo witchcraft in what promises to be their toughest case ever
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The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez—a bullet did. And the old man in possession of the murder weapon is a whiskey-soaked shaman named Ashie Pinto. Officer Jim Chee is devastated by the slaying of his good friend Del, and confounded by the prime suspect's refusal to utter a single word of confession or denial.
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn believes there is much more to this outrage than what appears on the surface, as he and Jim Chee set out to unravel a complex weave of greed and death that involves a historical find and a lost fortune. But the hungry and mythical trickster Coyote is waiting, as always, in the shadows to add a strange and deadly new twist.Product Description:
The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, a bullet did. Officer Jim Chee's good friend Del lies dead, and a whiskey-soaked Navajo shaman is found with the murder weapon. The old man is Ashie Pinto. He's quickly arrested for homicide and defended by a woman Chee could either love or loathe. But when Pinto won't utter a word of confession or denial, Lt. Joe Leaphorn begins an investigation. Soon, Leaphorn and Chee unravel a complex plot of death involving an historical find, a lost fortune...and the mythical Coyote, who is always waiting, and always hungry.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060164239
Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060164239
Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060164239