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Fri June 15, 2012
Good Read: People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman
A dying man is murdered. A rich man’s wife agrees to pay three thousand dollars for the return of a stolen box of rocks. A series of odd, inexplicable events is haunting Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police and drawing him alone into the Bad Country of the merciless Southwest, where nothing good can survive… including Chee. Because an assassin waits for him there, protecting a thirty-year-old vision that greed has sired and blood has nourished. And only one man will walk away.
“Needing a quick, engrossing read, I picked a Hillerman Trilogy off our bookshelves at home and devoured People of Darkness in a couple of evenings. Protagonist Jim Chee is a Navajo policeman who wrestles with leaving the reservation to join the FBI or stay on the reservation and fulfill his spiritual destiny for which he’s been in training. So in the Jim Chee series there are pretty good murder mysteries set in Indian Country, that Hillerman knew and loved. I enjoy the representation of Navajo ways that Chee observes, like not getting out of the car until someone comes outdoors to meet him when he pulls up, like sitting outdoors parsing the night sky for Navajo-named stars, like navigating arroyos and canyons, and pondering Navajo symbolisms. It’s just like being there – peaceful, powerful, exotic landscapes and cultural practices.” – Kate Lochte