A routine murder investigation leads Detective Vernon Moody to an enigmatic Navaho sand painting that has mystical properties and connections to an incomprehensibly powerful alien data base
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Alan Dean Foster is the New York Times bestselling author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including most recently, Jed the Dead.From Publishers Weekly:
Foster's ( Glory Lane ) talent for taking intellectual leaps into the near future is again evinced in this SF murder mystery that hinges on an understanding of ancient Navajo culture, the art of sandpainting and the secret medicine rituals known as Ways. The title alludes to the novel's central puzzle: Why was an industrialist killed, and the unusual, oddly designed sandpainting in his primitive art collection destroyed? Foster characteristically domesticates an incredible plot through the creation of commonplace heroes--in this case, an overweight police detective named Vernon Moody, whose deceptively sluggish appearance masks the determination to unravel a crime. Foster makes good use of his locales--the upper-class enclaves of Tampa, Fla., and the dry flats of Arizona's Navajo country. And although he isn't much of a stylist--the pace lags and sentences often have a stilted quality--he plays off technology and Native American tradition in a clever story.
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Book Description Ace Books, NY, 1990. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Gurney, James [jacket] (illustrator). First Edition. Ace original edition. Dust jacket clean, crisp, colors bright, minimal edge and a little general wear. Pages  clean, unmarked, binding tight and square. Blue boards, tan spine, bright gilt lettering, clean. Media Mail, US Priority & some International Priority shipping include free tracking information. Bookseller Inventory # 007208
Book Description Ace Books, New York, 1990. Hardcover; 1st Printing. Book Condition: NF. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition.. 1st edition/1st printing. Near fine book (clean, straight & tight; lower spine end is lightly bumped from shelving), in a near fine, unclipped dustjacket (clean, bright & crisp; a tiny touch of edgewear at the spine ends). A mysterious crime is solved by Dectective Vernon Moody, a cop who catches criminals the modern way, with computer webs, data bases and all the other equipment the experts put at his disposal. Then, he discovers knowledge, and power, that spanned space and time. ; 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"; 226 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 7965
Book Description Ace Books, New York, NY, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. (full book description) Ace Books, New York, NY, 1992. 1st Edition Fine/VG+, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=5.5"x8", 226pgs. 1/4" brown spot DJ rear cover bottom edge, o.w. clean, bright and tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. ISBN 9781857230222 SELLING WORLDWIDE SINCE 1987. WE PACK WITH GREAT CARE, 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES!. Book. Bookseller Inventory # CONROY202495I
Book Description Ace Books, New York, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Fine blue boards. Near Fine green blue color pictorial DJ. Light wear. (1990), 8vo, , 226pp. , "Vernon Moody is a modern cop who likes to catch killers the modern way - with computers and common sense. He's not happy when his latest case revolves around the supposedly mystical properties of a lost Navaho sandpainting. Or when the painting leads him to suspect an alien presence." FantasticFiction "When you tap into an alien data base, be prepared for an enormous power surge.". Bookseller Inventory # 020605