The Dark Wind (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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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.

"Hillerman is first-rate...fresh, original and highly suspenseful."--Los Angeles Times

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Overview

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.

"Hillerman is first-rate...fresh, original and highly suspenseful."--Los Angeles Times

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
First-rate ... fresh, original and highly suspenseful.
New Republic
“Hillerman’s best book in an already strong series.”
Los Angeles Times
“Hillerman is first-rate ....Fresh, original, and highly suspenseful.”
Amarillo Texas News
“Background, characters, story—all first rate.”
NC Citizen Times
“Tony Hillerman continues to teach and delight.”
Colorado Springs Sun
“A book to read with pleasure.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061797613
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Series: Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series , #5
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 20,684
  • File size: 532 KB

Meet the Author

Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

Biography

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 17-mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children's books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group's Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction's Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Hometown:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 27, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sacred Heart, Oklahoma
    1. Date of Death:
      October 26, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Chapter One


The Flute Clan boy was the first to see it. He stopped and stared.

"Somebody lost a boot," he said.

Even from where he stood, at least fifteen yards farther down the trail, Albert Lomatewa could see that nobody had lost the boot. The boot had been placed, not dropped. It rested upright, squarely in the middle of the path, its pointed toe aimed toward them. Obviously someone had put it there. And now, just beyond a dead growth of rabbit brush which crowded the trail, Lomatewa saw the top of a second boot. Yesterday when they had come this way no boots had been here.

Albert Lomatewa was the Messenger. He was in charge. Eddie Tuvi and the Flute Clan boy would do exactly what he told them.

"Stay away from it," Lomatewa said. "Stay right here."

He lifted the heavy pack of spruce boughs from his back and placed it reverently beside the path. Then he walked to the boot. It was fairly new, made of brown leather, with a flower pattern stitched into it and a curved cowboy heel. Lomatewa glanced past the rabbit brush at the second boot. It matched. Beyond the second boot, the path curved sharply around a weathered granite boulder. Lomatewa sucked in his breath. Jutting from behind the boulder he could see the bottom of a foot. The foot was bare and even from where Lomatewa stood he could see there was something terribly wrong with it.

Lomatewa looked back at the two his kiva had sent to guard him on this pilgrimage for spruce. They stood where he had told them to stand—Tuvi's face impassive, the boy's betraying his excited curiosity.

"Stay there," he ordered. "There is someone here and I must seeabout it."

The man was on his side, legs bent stiffly, left arm stretched rigidly forward, right arm flexed upward with the palm resting beside his ear. He wore blue jeans, a jean jacket, and a blue-and-white-checked shirt, its sleeves rolled to the elbows. But it was a little while before Lomatewa noticed what the man was wearing. He was staring at his feet. The soles of both of them had been cut away. The bottom of the socks had been cut and the socks pushed up around the ankles, where they formed ragged white cuffs. Then the heel pads, and the pads at the balls of the feet, and the undertips of the toes had been sliced away. Lomatewa had nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and had lived long enough to see many things, but he had never seen this before. He sucked in his breath, exhaled it, and glanced up at the hands. He expected to find them flayed, too. And he did. The skin had been sliced from them just as it had been from the feet. Only then did Lomatewa look at the man's face.

He had been young. Not a Hopi. A Navajo. At least part Navajo. There was a small, blackrimmed hole above his right eye.

Lomatewa stood looking down at the man, thinking how this would have to be handled. It had to be handled so that it would not interfere with the Niman Kachina. The sun was hot on him here, even though it was still early morning, and the smell of dust was in his nostrils. Dust, always dust. Reminding him of why nothing must interfere with the ceremonial. For almost a year the blessing of rain had been withdrawn. He had thinned his corn three times, and still what little was left was stunted and withering in the endless drought. The springs were drying. There was no grass left for the horses. The Niman Kachina must be properly done. He turned and walked back to where his guardians were waiting.

"A dead Tavasuh," he said. Literally the word meant "head-pounder." It was a term of contempt which Hopis sometimes used for Navajos and Lomatewa chose it deliberately to set the tone for what he must do.

"What happened to his foot?" the Flute Clan boy asked. "The bottom was cut off his foot."

"Put down the spruce," Lomatewa said. "Sit down. We must talk about this." He wasn't worried about Tuvi. Tuvi was a valuable man in the Antelope Kiva and a member of the One Horn Society—a prayerful man. But the Flute Clan boy was still a boy. He said nothing more, though, simply sitting on the path beside his spruce bundle. The questions remained in his eyes. Let him wait, Lomatewa thought. Let him learn patience.

"Three times Sotuknang has destroyed the world," Lomatewa began. "He destroyed the First World with fire. He destroyed the Second World with ice. He destroyed the Third World with flood. Each time he destroyed the world because his people failed to do what he told them to do." Lomatewakept his eyes on the Flute Clan boy as he talked. The boy was his only worry. The boy had gone to school at Flagstaff and he had a job with the post office. There was talk that he did not plant his corn patches properly, that he did not properly know his role in the Kachina Society. Tuvi could be counted on but the boy must be taught. Lomatewa spoke directly to him, and the boy listened as if he had not heard the old story a thousand times before.

"Sotuknang destroyed the world because the Hopis forgot to do their duty. They forgot the songs that must be sung, the pahos that must be offered, the ceremonials that must be danced. Each time the world became infected with evil, people quarreled all the time. People became powaqas, and practiced witchcraft against one another. The Hopis left the proper Road of Life and only a few were left doing their duty in the kivas. And each time, Sotuknang gave the Hopis warning. He held back the rain so his people would know his displeasure . . ."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Whisperwind

    A pretty grey tabby walked into the clearing. "Can I join?" She asked her dark blue eyes filled with sorrow. "My clan HawkClan was invaded by dogs and everyone was killed." All the cats notice that her fur is matted with blood and wounds cover her whole body. (She wants a mate badly. Post to be her mate.) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    This Dark Wind blows no good!

    Vintage Hillerman here. Jim Chee is at his best also. Hillerman manages to capture the sheer essence of the Navajo tribal life. The suspense, the intrigue, the inter-play between the characters combine for a first rate police procedural. Not to be missed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    NorthClan // Ceremony Requests \\

    Make any ceremony requests here. The leader or deputy will post a ceremony, every Friday. So have your requests posted by then!

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Good read.

    Short but good.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

    Living in New Mexico and being a mystery lover and not reading T

    Living in New Mexico and being a mystery lover and not reading Tony Hillerman is probably some sort of sin. Possibly even multiple sins. So I plan to work on rectifying that travesty. THE DARK WIND is my initiation into the mystery series revolving around Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn.

    The setting made this book for me. Sure, Jim Chee proved to be a likeable enough character with well-meaning intentions and motivations, and the bad guys eased off the page like green goo with simple, yet concrete nefarious objectives, covering the world in sticky greenness. But it was the New Mexico setting filled with rich descriptions that blanketed nearly every page, cloaking the world in a warm afghan that filled my world with richness and color.

    The Indian tribes were described in detail and nearly became characters of their own, and this was done with a careful hand. This added another dimension to the novel, and certainly left me wanting even more.

    The plot certainly enticed me, but it wasn’t filled with tricky slipups and red herrings and dangling cliffhangers, and it wasn’t what kept me turning the pages. This was a novel overflowing with richness and created with love, and that was evident on nearly every page.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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    Posted October 31, 2012

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    Nm

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    Posted October 31, 2012

    Kit to Ivykit

    My clan was invaded and killed she mews blood of her mother and family stains her paws which were once snow white

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    Chaosclaw

    What happened?

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    Posted October 25, 2012

    A kittypet

    A tom pads over* im gale. Will you accept me?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Liongod to sundapple

    You know why I got another mate?! Because you abandoned me for mistyclaw! Was I just supposed to not get another mate?!

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    Shadesong

    My day has been filled with lies, curses, and douches. Now youre saying that Sundapple is a imposter?!! I dont believe you. Prove it to me

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    Cutekit

    She fall asleep

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    Posted October 22, 2012

    Mistystar (real)

    Sorry i havnt been on. I went on a trip. Why did yall move camp? Whats happened why i was gone? Well just give me an update. The reason thw post at the bottom dodnt disapear is because i didnt write it ~*~

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    Hello

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    Dreamfoot

    Wheres fireheart i havent seen him in a while :'(

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    Posted October 23, 2012

    Whitefire

    She padded in with two rabbits and laid them on the pile.

    ~Whitefire

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    Beechfoot

    Yes wait till the leader returns

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