Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #3
On Sale: December 24, 2018
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Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo
traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert
Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee,
and Manuelito series.
When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to
speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk
teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a
solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and
is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns
that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While
everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned
about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of
the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo
Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor
vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El
Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are
believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster
killed by superhuman twin warriors.
Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the
chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance
mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in
which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But
before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a
suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI
agent complicate the investigation.
While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband,
Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful
man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and
involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship
creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional
territory that challenges him as family man, a police
officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.
Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts,
mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores
the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping
entry in her atmospheric crime series.
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