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Three men raid the gambling casino run by the Ute nation and then disappear into the maze of canyons on the Utah-Arizona border. When the FBI, with its helicopters and high-tech equipment, focuses on a wounded deputy sheriff as a possible suspect, Navajo Tribal Police Sergeant Jim Chee and his longtime colleague, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, launch an investigation of their own. Chee sees a dangerous flaw in the federal theory; Leaphorn sees intriguing connections to the exploits of a legendary Ute bandit-hero. And together, they find themselves caught up in the most perplexing -- and deadly -- criminal manhunt of their lives.
Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) was a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the author of thirty-two books: the popular eighteen-volume mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two novels, two children's books, and ten nonfiction works. Hillerman received every major honor for mystery fiction, including in 2008 the Western Writers of America's Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America and was honored with that group's Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction's Grand Masters. In 2001 his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.
Complex, engrossing...On their own, (Leaphorn and Chee) are compeling; as a duo they ‘re the best since Lennon and McCartney.”
-Washington Post Book World
-Los Angeles Times
-Rocky Mountain News
“Tony Hillerman is a wonderful storyteller....Surrendering to Hillerman’s strong narrative voice and supple storytelling techniques, we come to see that ancieant cultures and modern sciences are simply different mythologies for the same reality.”
-New York Times Book Review