The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: A corpse whose palms
and soles have been "scalped" is only the first in a series of
disturbing clues: an airplane's mysterious crash in the nighttime
desert, a bizarre attack on a windmill, a vanishing shipment of cocaine.
Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is trapped in the deadly web
of a cunningly spun plot driven by Navajo sorcery and white man's greed.
Read as an audio book. I really enjoy the narrator of Dark Wind. He's done a couple in this series, and he's absolutely perfect.
Premise of the story is, Jim Chee has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is a partial witness to a triple murder that may involve a very large drug deal gone wrong. The Feds and the DEA are convinced Chee - being a mere "Navajo" policeman - is involved somehow. Chee, with his understanding of the Navajo and Hopi ways, methodically unravels who killed three men while figuring out who has been sabotaging the Hopi windmill.
This was a wonderfully written mystery, with more twists and turns than a desert arroyo. I was just delighted in how the plot slowly unfurled, with all sorts of subtle red herrings, then everything culminating in the resolution. I enjoyed the duality of the Navajo and Hopi cultures presented in this one, and a glimpse at the government bureaucracies in that corner of the world.
Thaaattt being said...the book felt unfinished. I was left with some unanswered questions and a feeling that I didn't get the whole story. I knew the book was done. "The End" was spoken out loud. There were no more disks. But I still had items that needed to be answered!
Ultimately, a wonderfully done narration and very enjoyable book.
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