Synopses & Reviews
Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road—with a rich ex-con's phone number in his pocket ... and a tobacco tin nearly filled with tracer gold. It's her initial mishandling of the scene that spell trouble for her supervisor, Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police—but it's the echoes of a long ago crime that call the legendary former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement. Years earlier, Leaphorn followed the trail of a beautiful, young, and missing wife to a dead end, and his failure has haunted him ever since. But ghosts never sleep in these high, lonely Southwestern hills. And the twisted threads of craven murders past and current may finally be coming together, thanks to secrets once moaned in torment on the desert wind.
Navajo Tribal Police Sgt. Jim Chee returns with a case that echoes a long-ago crime that brings former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, haunted by his failure to find a missing woman years ago, out of retirement.
To Officer Bernie Manuelito the man curled on the truck seat was just another drunk which got Bernie in trouble for mishandling a murder scene which got Sgt. Jim Chee in trouble with the FBI which drew ex-Lieutenent Joe Leaphorn out of retirement into an old crime he longed to forget. Legends of the area s lost gold mines join the mountains and canyons of the Navajo Reservation as elements of Hillerman s plot, but this tale turns on an obsessive love and memories of a missing woman s voice wailing in the darkness.
About the Author
Tony Hillerman is past president of Mystery Writers of America and has received their Edgar and Grand Master Awards. His other honors include the Center for the American Indian's Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for the best novel set in the West, the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award, the National Media Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Nero Wolfe Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, an honorary life membership in the Western Literature Association, and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére. In addition to his election to Phi Beta Kappa, Tony Hillerman has been named Doctor of Humane Letters at Arizona State University and at Oregon's Portland State University. He lives with his wife, Marie, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.