Does anybody understand the Navajo better than the Thurlos? Their keen understanding and attention to detail is what makes Black Thunder a first-rate mystery. Ella Clah’s relationship with her ex, her daughter and her mother, and her delicate balance of tradition and contemporary issues will strike a chord with readers.
A construction crew found the first body and the police found three more. With bodies cropping up on both sides of the Rez, Navajo police special investigator Ella Clah’s team links up with the New Mexico police to not only identify the remains, but also find the clues that will lead to a killer. Unless they can solve the case, it’s almost a sure thing more people will die. More than that, she’s also worried about her teenage daughter, who has been skipping school, hanging out with the wrong crowd. Not to mention, Ella herself is being taunted by the killer in a series of texts and notes. (FORGE, Nov., 352 pp., $25.99)