Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series, #18
Featuring: Joe Leaphorn; Jim Chee
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Mystery Police Procedural
Former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn comes
out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a
trading post robbery. A simple-minded kid nailed for the
crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim
Chee. He needs help and Chee, and his fiancĂ©e Bernie
Manuelito, decide to provide it.
Proving the kid's innocence requires finding the remains
of one of 172 people whose bodies were scattered among the
cliffs of the Grand Canyon in an epic airline disaster 50
years in the past. That passenger had handcuffed to his
wrist an attachĂ© case filled with a fortune in -- one of
which seems to have turned up in the robbery.
But with Hillerman, it can't be that simple. The daughter
of the long-dead diamond dealer is also seeking his body.
So is a most unpleasant fellow willing to kill to make
sure she doesn't succeed. These two tense tales collide
deep in the canyon at the place where an old man died
trying to build a cult reviving reverence for the Hopi
guardian of the Underworld. It's a race to the finish in a
thunderous monsoon storm to see who will survive, who will
be brought to justice, and who will finally unearth the
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