Special agent Ella Clah lives and works on the Rez. Although she maintains all ties to her heritage, there are many who consider her a traitor to the Navajo, someone who has succumbed to Anglo ways.

Ellas cousin Justine is with the local law enforcement agency. Ella considers Justine sloppy at times, as does her superior, and Ella has words with her in a very public manner. Both are left with hard feelings.

But when Justine goes missing while working on a case, Ella is worried both professionally and personally. When Justines body is found, Ella will stop at nothing to find her killer. Unfortunately, because of their previous conflict, some suspect Ella of Justines death. While hunting for the killer, Ella turns into the hunted as she becomes the focus of the investigation.

RED MESA is a fascinating story. Ella Clah, strong and vulnerable at the same time, is an intriguing character of great depth, and the surprise ending will delight all mystery lovers. (Apr., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg