Navajo special police investigator Ella Clah thwarts a house burglar and discovers a dead body in the home. Though the man has been dead for some time, apparently a victim of suicide, Ella must investigate his death.

But a more pressing matter appears when FBI agent Bill Simmons lets Ella know that he will inundate the New Mexico reservation with federal agents if the Navajo police cannot locate FBI agent Andy Thomas, who has gone missing on reservation land. According to Simmons, Thomas wanted to question Navajos present at a Sing, a special healing service.

As Ella carefully links together the missing pieces behind his disappearance, she finds her own life in danger when discovering a criminal network involving unlikely suspects.

The popularity of Native American novels is certainly on the rise, and the Thurlos' latest should definitely be well received. Ella is a wonderful protagonist, a strong yet caring woman who is as smart as she is beautiful. Readers need not be acquainted with earlier installments to enjoy this latest Clah novel. (Mar., 304 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick