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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural
This strong mystery set on the Navajo reservation features Ella Clah, special investigator for the Tribal Police. The story's great strength is Ella, and watching her try to balance the modern and the traditional in her own life and mind is a joy. Plus, the setting and information are fascinating and worked flawlessly into the story. The plotting is fast, and the mystery complicated and exciting.
A plan to bring satellite telephone to the Rez creates tension between the traditionalists and the more modern members of the Navajo. When the son-in-law of a powerful Native businesswoman heading the project is attacked and another man killed, Ella is assigned the case. She ends up in danger, not only in her professional life but also personally when members of her family are attacked. Is it the rise of the traditional vigilante group the Fierce Ones, or is the mystery more personal? (FORGE, Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: October 2008