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Navajo police special investigator Ella Clah always has her hands full, but when her mother is seriously injured by a drunk driver with previous DWI arrests, Ellas outraged when the man gets off thanks to his crafty lawyer. Drinking is a real problem on the reservation, and shady lawyers only exacerbate it.

She is also assigned to investigate the murder of the fiancie of one of her close friends. Although she had an uneasy relationship with the dead woman, Ella always puts duty first. The investigation is not easy, and although her mothers welfare is uppermost in her mind, Ella doggedly pursues the murder investigation, only to find that it comes shockingly close to home.

ENEMY WAY is an intriguing, absorbing book that tells a dynamite story. Ella Clah is a strong, fascinating character, unique in mystery fiction. The Thurlos, using their own experience, paint a fascinating, realistic picture of life on todays reservations. This book is a treat for mystery fans, and for those who love and are fascinated by accurate portrayals of todays Native Americans. (Sep., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg