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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Traditional
Ella Clah, special investigator for the tribal police, has been asked to investigate an apparent suicide at LabKote, a large pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. There are already tensions on the Navajo reservation and Ella doesnt want the death at LabKote to add to them.
In addition, there have been reports of animal vandalism on the Rez. Then theres a break-in at the local clinic, and pregnant womens medical records are stolenjust as Ella learns shes pregnant.
With the pregnancy uppermost on her mind, Ella continues her separate investigations, only to find increasing connections between themand that her life is endangered in each. When another murder happens at LabKote and a group of Navajos called The Fierce Ones are blamed, the case becomes even more personal, as Ellas own brother is a member of that group.
Drawing on David Thurlos experiences of growing up on the reservation, he and wife Aimee have created a thrilling mystery series that incorporates Navajo history, tradition, and customs. The suspense runs high and subplots involving Ellas relationship with her family add depth and warmth to the story. (Apr., 352 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Toby Bromberg
Published: April 2000