The Dark Wind

The Dark Wind

[a Jim Chee & Joe Leaphorn Mystery]

Book - 1982
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The fifth novel featuring Leaphorn and Chee by New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman, now reissued in the Premium Plus format.

The corpse had been "scalped," its palms and soles removed after death. Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police knows immediately he will have his hands full with this case, a certainty that is supported by the disturbing occurrences to follow. A mysterious nighttime plane crash, a vanishing shipment of cocaine, and a bizarre attack on a windmill only intensify Chee's fears. A dark and very ill wind is blowing through the Southwestern desert, a gale driven by Navajo sorcery and white man's greed. And it will sweep away everything unless Chee can somehow change the weather.

Publisher: New York : HarperTorch, c1982.
ISBN: 9780061000034
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HIL
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 18 cm.


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Jul 18, 2012

I like reading Tony Hillerman because I learn more about "Indians" with every book. This book is about two seamingly separate incidences that end up tying together - Jim Chee is an excellent investigator.

Mar 02, 2011

Jim Chee, of the Navajo Tribal Police, a marvelous tracker and great listener, perceives things that are hidden from others. But his curiosity and attention to detail cost him time, and that translates to lack of respect in the office.

He is told to ignore everything that does not involve his own cases -- especially things that are not within tribal jurisdiction, specifically a drug smuggling ring that the FBI is chasing on the reservation.

But the vandalism, missing person, and theft cases that he is expected to solve keep linking back to the drug cartel's plane crash.

I especially enjoyed the scene where Jim Chee converses with an old Hopi traditionalist.

Very good mystery, interesting characters. Great setting.

Jan 21, 2011


Read the c - 1982 Pb

Jan 21, 2011

The Dark Wind ---- by Tony Hillerman c - 1982 ---- Mystery ---- This is the 5th Jim Chee book, Leaphorn was not in this story. ---- I read this story years ago and just read it again in the 1983 paperback form. ---- As with most of the Chee stories; Tony Hillermans humor comes thru well, as does Tony's ability to spin and knit a yarn. ---- If you like Mystery's the Leaphorn and Chee books will be a good to excellent read for you. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul


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Jun 11, 2016

"In effect, Chee was going hunting. From their very beginnings, the Navajos had been a society of hunters. Like all hunting cultures, they approached the bloody, dangerous, and psychologically wounding business of killing one's fellow beings with elaborate care. Everything was done to minimize damage....The first step of this system was the purification of the hunter."

These spiritual insights are what set Hillerman's mysteries apart. Wish the white folks would approach hunting the same way.

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