Shooting Chant (Ella Clah Series #5) [NOOK Book]


Once and FBI agent, Ella Clah is now a Special Investigator with the Navajo Police. She walks a tightrope between the Navajo and white worlds, fully accepted by neither but needed by both. Ella's brother, Clifford, a hataali or medicine man, says that her investigative skills are a gift from the spirits who guard and guide the Dineh, but Ella insists it's her FBI training that has honed her instincts.

Ella's life is about to change in ways ...
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Shooting Chant (Ella Clah Series #5)

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Once and FBI agent, Ella Clah is now a Special Investigator with the Navajo Police. She walks a tightrope between the Navajo and white worlds, fully accepted by neither but needed by both. Ella's brother, Clifford, a hataali or medicine man, says that her investigative skills are a gift from the spirits who guard and guide the Dineh, but Ella insists it's her FBI training that has honed her instincts.

Ella's life is about to change in ways she can barely begin to imagine--she is newly pregnant, and though she knows who the father is, she will not marry him. In Navajo society, her child will be of her clan, and will be accepted by her family, no matter what--but how can she stay a police officer, exposing herself and her unborn child to terrible danger day after day?

Given her current caseload, it's hard for Ella to put off making a final decision about her career. There's a near-riot at LabKote, a factory on the Reservation that produces high-quality vessels for medical labs. The Fierce Ones, an activist group of Navajo, are insisting that more native workers be hired by the firm--including a Navajo replacement for a manager recently found dead in his car, an apparent suicide. A sniper shoots at Ella as she drives to another crime scene--the home of State Senator James Yellowhair, who has been kidnapped.

Feuding between traditionalist and modernist elements in the Navajo nation heats up with sabotage, vandalism, and murder, spurred by a rise in birth defects among the Dineh's livestock and rustling of sheep and cattle. Ella's personal concerns mount when officers investigating a break-in at the health clinic discover that the records of several pregnant women--including Ella--are missing. Then one of the pregnant women is murdered....

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Navajo Police Inspector Ella Clah (Blackening Song) returns in her fifth adventure, unexpectedly pregnant and all the more resolute for it as she and her cousin and assistant, Justine Goodluck, investigate a suspicious suicide at LabKote, an Anglo-owned lab supplies plant on the Rez. When a break-in at the local clinic seems to target the records of pregnant Navajo women, Ella feels the threat personally, and tension increases between the so-called traditionalists of the tribe and modern Navajos. Things turn even more sinister as two tribal officials are kidnapped, and Ella must remain centered amidst several clashing dualities: her law-enforcement training and Navajo spirituality; the baby's father and other Navajo men friends; and respect for her traditionalist medicine-man brother and her own choices as a strong, soon-to-be-single mom. Despite some stilted dialog and chase scenes that stretch credulity, this is a good choice where Hillerman fans abound. For all public libraries.--Susan A. Zappia, Paradise Valley Community Coll., Phoenix Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
School Library Journal
YA-When Traditionalists begin protesting against a factory on the Navajo Reservation that produces germ-free equipment for medical labs, more problems surface, all pointing toward LabKote. The protests stem from animal deaths traced to the fairgrounds adjacent to the factory, which suggest that some sort of hazardous environmental substance has leaked out. Then two people die mysteriously, several more are kidnapped, and three attempts are made to kill Ella Clah, the Navajo Police Special Investigator assigned to the case. She begins to fit the pieces together, discovering a chilling scenario of impending destruction devised by pathologically evil minds. Focusing on LabKote and its mysterious goings-on, the authors build a strong plot filled with moments of action and intrigue, and include enough basic scientific and forensic evidence to educate readers without overwhelming them. At the same time, the various plot elements subtly weave details of Navajo ethics and culture into the story. Clans and their interrelationships become a priority focus for understanding the complex social system of the Navajo, Ella's status, and that of her unborn baby. An enticing mystery built on a frighteningly realistic scenario.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From the Publisher

"Mystery readers who like their murders solved by applied intelligence will love Ella Clah." --Tony Hillerman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466828339
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 3/15/2001
  • Series: Ella Clah Series , #5
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 88,348
  • File size: 985 KB

Meet the Author

Aimée and David Thurlo have been married for more than thirty years and have been writing novels together for nearly that long, in a variety of genres including romance, young adult, and mystery. They have three ongoing mystery series, the Sister Agatha series, starring a cloistered nun, the Lee Nez series, featuring a Navajo vampire who teams up with a female FBI agent to fight crimes that have elements of the supernatural, and their flagship series, the critically-acclaimed Ella Clah novels. Several Ella Clah novels, including Tracking Bear, Red Mesa, and Shooting Chant, have received starred reviews from Booklist.

David Thurlo was raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation and later taught school in Shiprock, also on the Rez. Aimée, a native of Havana, Cuba, has lived in New Mexico for more than thirty years. The Thurlos share their home with dogs, horses, and various pet rodents. They have written more than fifty novels which have been published in more than twenty countries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    Too much pregnancy.............

    I have read most of the Ella Clah series, including some that come after this one. All have been excellent and read by both my husband and myself. I am only halfway through, but am thoroughly put off by the baby this, baby that, ad nauseum. I do not think I will suggest that my husband bother with this one. The Thurlo team are very good at providing lots of insight into the Navaho culture, but this is not one of their better efforts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2001


    As a big fan of Tony Hillerman, I was extremely excited about new mysteries from the Four Corners region. I was extremely disappointed by this effort. The dialogue is poorly written, the storyline tedious, and, unlike Hillerman, many of the numerous subplots have no bearing on the conclusion. The ending lacks credulity, and the characters are thin and stereotypical. Buy this book only in paperback or as a special from a Mystery book club.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting Native American mystery

    Former FBI agent Ella Clah works as a special investigator on the Navaho Indian Reservation, New Mexico. Ella¿s world turns upside down when she learns she is pregnant from a man she cares for but has no intention of marrying. At the same time Ella struggles with her personal dilemma, the reservation becomes a battleground between the traditionalists and the progressives. Someone is slaughtering animals raised using modern Anglo methods. The evidence points towards the traditionalists committing the animal killings, which increases the animosity and the schism between the two groups. <P>An Anglo owned business that leases reservation land becomes the scene of a murder that appears to be the work of an angry traditionalist or two. Professionals break into the medical clinic and steal the records of pregnant women. Ella investigates all the happenings leading to her becoming a target. She uses her Anglo training and her Native American mystical intuition to uncover the identity of the killer. <P>Readers who enjoy Tony Hillerman¿s mysteries will relish the enthralling SHOOTING CHANT. Aimee and David Thurlo show their writing talents as they provide a close look at the efforts of Native American traditionalists to preserve the culture in the modern world. The numerous subplots cleverly tie together with Ella¿s pregnancy adding a special touch that humanizes the intrepid law enforcement official. The audience will look forward to future tales while first time readers will search for the previous novels. <P>Harriet Klausner

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