Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series, #12
Featuring: Joe Leaphorn; Jim Chee
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Mystery Police Procedural
Navajo Tribal Policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee in an
effort to unravel a treacherous web of tribal politics and
murder. Yesterday a teacher was killed at a mission school
on the Navajo Reservation, but today in the Tano Indian
pueblo murder seems inconceivable as a tribal ceremony
unfolds. The sacred kachinas have danced into the ancient
plaza, and the koshare in their grotesque disguises have
tumbled down from the rooftops to ape the foolishness of
humankind. At first, the crowd welcomes this troupe of
sacred clowns with laughter. But something in one clown's
red wagon hushes the crowd. And then murder strikes at
Tano. To Officer Chee and Lieutenant Leaphorn, now working
as an uneasy team, the solution to the killing at the
mission school seems straightforward, and the death at
Tano seems to be out of their jurisdiction. But the odd
behavior of a runaway student connects the two crimes and
shows that neither is what it seems. Chee and Leaphorn's
search for the truth propels them into a realm where
battles as old as humanity's foibles and as new as its
high technology are fought to the death. Sacred Clowns
brims with subtly drawn personalities, revealing glimpses
into proud, ancient cultures, crystalline evocations of
the Southwest's stark beauty, and taut yet lyrical prose.
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