Earthway (Ella Clah Series #14)

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Ella Clah has found her place on the Navajo Reservation, in her tribe, her clan, and her family. She has seen the Diné at their worst—and at their best—as they balance the modern era with the traditional Navajo way of life.

The Navajo are building a nuclear power plant on the Reservation. Though the tribe voted for the plant, there are those who believe that nuclear power is inherently dangerous—and particularly so for the Navajo, due to past uranium mining operations ...

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Overview

Ella Clah has found her place on the Navajo Reservation, in her tribe, her clan, and her family. She has seen the Diné at their worst—and at their best—as they balance the modern era with the traditional Navajo way of life.

The Navajo are building a nuclear power plant on the Reservation. Though the tribe voted for the plant, there are those who believe that nuclear power is inherently dangerous—and particularly so for the Navajo, due to past uranium mining operations that contaminated land and water and sickened many Navajo workers and their families. 

A group of activists is determined to do whatever is necessary to stop the plant—assault, sabotage, domestic terrorism. When a fellow Navajo Police officer is injured in an attack aimed at Ella’s boyfriend, Ella vows to do whatever it takes to find the terrorists and bring them to justice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Ella Clah novels:

“Clah is always good company, on and off the reservation.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[The Thurlos] have established themselves both as mystery writers of repute and chroniclers of the Navajo nation."—Mystery News

“The breakneck pace of this crime hunt contrasts satisfyingly with the backdrop of life on the rez.”

Booklist (starred review) on Turquoise Girl

“Terrific. Will appeal to Tony Hillerman fans.”—Library Journal on Mourning Dove

“An intense, fast-paced mystery that will have fans reading into the wee hours.”—Knight-Ridder syndicate on Red Mesa

“A great police procedural that gives readers an insightful look into the culture of the Navajo.  Complex, compelling and exciting.”—Midwest Book Review

Publishers Weekly
At the outset of the Thurlos' exciting 15th Ella Clah novel (after 2008's Coyote's Wife), Special Investigator Ella of the Navajo Tribal Police discovers a pipe bomb in the classroom of her almost-lover, Ford Tome, a Christian minister and former FBI agent who's now helping to track down a cell of antinuke fanatics before they can sabotage the nuclear power plant that's just been built on the Shiprock, N.Mex., reservation. The bombing case is complicated by a radical professor sending coded e-mails, a violently abusive husband who blames Ford for the breakup of his marriage and a camp of well-armed survivalists. Meanwhile, a clever sniper is stalking Ford and Ella, who's torn between embracing Ford and his God or holding onto traditional beliefs. The authors smoothly blend personal and professional concerns, as the Navajo police sort through a tangle of lies and loyalties while respecting the values of traditionalists and adapting to modern intrusions. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
A nuclear power plant on the Navajo reservation is either hope for a better future or the devil's work, depending on your viewpoint. Navajo police officer Ella Clah, daughter of a Christian minister and a traditionalist mother, has balanced her life by following neither path. Now Ella's personal relationship with the Rev. Ford Tome is up in the air. When he's almost killed and the department bomb expert is badly injured in an explosion at the local community college-the first of many near-fatalities here-she has to decide if the bomber is an opponent of the new power plant or a criminal avenger from Ford's mysterious past as an FBI agent. Ford has been investigating Professor Jane Lee because the FBI thinks she might be involved in a terrorist plot to destroy the power plant. After his dog is almost killed, Ford moves to the heavily fortified compound of Ella's computer-expert friend Teeny Little, who provides safety and lots of high-tech equipment to assist his investigation. Despite help from a local FBI agent and the tribal police, eager to catch the person who nearly claimed the life of their explosives expert, Ford and Ella are almost killed by snipers who are part of a fast-moving group of homegrown terrorists. The informative look at conflict on the Rez between old ways and new that the Thurlos always provide (Coyote's Wife, 2008, etc.) comes packaged this time with an unusually tense mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765324870
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Ella Clah Series , #14
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 502,193
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

AIMEE and DAVID THURLO live in Corrales, New Mexico. David was raised in Shiprock, on the Navajo Reservation; Aimée was born in Cuba.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    The fifteenth Ella Clah Navaho police procedural is a super entry in a great series

    In Shiprock, New Mexico Navajo Tribal Police Special Investigator Ella Clah discovers a pipe bomb in the classroom of her almost-lover, former Fed Christian minister Reverend Bilford "Ford" Tome. The bomb explodes injuring an officer. Meanwhile Ford and Ella work together trying to uncover who the maniacs are who are trying to sabotage a nuclear plant on the Navaho reservation and wonder if the bomb is linked.

    The inquiry is complicated by an anti nuclear energy professor sending and receiving encrypted e-mail messages to an environmental group ironically considering domestic terrorism; an abusive spouse who blames the former minister for the destruction of his marriage; and finally survivalists who are camping nearby. A sniper, who could be connected to any of the three groups, or perhaps an unknown fourth unit, targets Ford and Ella as well.

    The fifteenth Ella Clah Navaho police procedural is a super entry in a great series. The heroine has personal choices to make that conflict her inner soul. She loves the Reverend but enough to adopt his belief system over her own is a difficult dilemma for her. The story line is fast-paced as several suspects surface who have motives to eliminate Ford. Fans of the saga will appreciate Team Thurlo's terrific thriller while newcomers will enjoy their stay on the Navaho reservation and look forward to more time there.

    Harriet Klausner

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