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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural
A great addition to the Ella Clah series, the Thurlos' latest has a strong lead character, solid, suspenseful writing and a complex villain. Although the suspect is identified early on, the real mystery lies in unraveling his motives. Descriptions of reservation life and the differences between traditional and modern Native Americans add great color and dimension. Ella's struggle to balance her personal and professional life makes her an inspiring and admirable character.
Navajo Police special investigator Ella Clah is called to the gruesome scene of a young woman's death. She was beaten and then dressed up and posed in a praying position. Aware of the religious aspects of the crime scene, Ella finds herself at her deceased father's old church. Soon she learns her father may have known and tried to stop the killer 10 years earlier. In a race against time, Ella must find out the reason for the killer's rampage and protect her own family in the process. (FORGE, Apr., 304 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Published: April 2007