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By Tony Hillerman

The vehicle hearth did not kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez—a bullet did. And the outdated guy in ownership of the homicide weapon is a whiskey-soaked shaman named Ashie Pinto. Officer Jim Chee is devastated by way of the slaying of his buddy Del, and confounded by way of the major suspect's refusal to utter a unmarried be aware of confession or denial.

Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn believes there's even more to this outrage than what seems to be at the floor, as he and Jim Chee got down to get to the bottom of a posh weave of greed and dying that contains a historic locate and a misplaced fortune. however the hungry and legendary trickster Coyote is ready, as consistently, within the shadows so as to add a wierd and lethal new twist.

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He had a slump he desired to payment. It used to be a single-story, brick-fronted residence at the reduce finish of the center class—the type of residence heritage professors can find the money for in the event that they are frugal with their grocery procuring. Chee parked in the street, walked up the empty driveway, and rang the bell. No solution. He rang it 4 instances. nonetheless no solution. Then he walked around the backyard and peered during the storage window. It used to be soiled, yet no longer too soiled for Chee to determine a purple Corvette parked within and past it a white Oldsmobile sedan. The Ha place of dwelling was once neat, status out for its tidiness in a weed-grown local which used to be at the higher finish of the decrease category. there has been no motor vehicle within the driveway, yet as Chee parked his truck on the cut back, an aged blue Chevy sedan pulled up beside the carport. The boy sitting beside the younger lady who was once using used to be Taka Ji. They begun their speaking within the driveway, Chee leaning at the sedan door, the boy status stiffly dealing with him, and pass over Janice Ha, the driving force, status beside Taka—a silent, disapproving observer. “I used to be the officer who made the arrest available in the market that night,” Chee informed the boy. “I observed you using your father’s motor vehicle. i used to be within the police automobile you met ahead of you grew to become off the pavement towards send Rock. ” Taka Ji easily checked out him. “Now we all know a few more,” Chee stated. “We be aware of you’re the one that painted these rocks. it will possibly support us capture the guy who shot your father for those who inform me what you observed. ” Janice Ha placed her hand at the boy’s shoulder. “I imagine we must always pass inside,” she acknowledged. front room of the home used to be nearly as small as Chee’s personal cramped lodgings—but there has been area in it, among the 2 entrance home windows, for a shrine. The shrine featured a foot-tall plaster statue of the Blessed Virgin in her conventional blue-and-white gowns having a look down serenely at small candles and small pots of chrysanthemums. a lady who reminded Chee of a smaller, just a little older, and feminine model of Colonel Ji was once sitting at the couch beside it. She used to be Thuy Ha, and she or he bowed deeply to Chee whilst Janice Ha brought him. “Taka’s father was once my mother’s more youthful brother,” Janice Ha defined. “Her English isn't but strong. It was once decades earlier than lets get her published through the Communists. She joined us merely final 12 months. ” “I hate to intervene at this undesirable time,” Chee stated. He checked out Taka Ji. “But i believe Mr. Ji the following may be able to aid us. ” Janice spoke to the woman—translating Chee presumed—and Thuy Ha acknowledged whatever in reaction. “She stated he'll assist you any manner he can,” Janice Ha stated. The older girl spoke back, an extended assertion this time. the woman replied in short and the older lady replied. Her voice sounded indignant. “Mrs. Ha requested me to inform you that the Communists killed Colonel Ji,” Janice Ha acknowledged. She regarded embarrassed. “She acknowledged I should still inform you Colonel Ji labored faithfully for the american citizens, and made many enemies as a result of that, and the Communists despatched anyone the entire excess of the following to the United States simply to kill him. ” the girl was once gazing Chee carefully.

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