Dance Hall of the Dead (Crime Masterworks) by Tony Hillerman

By Tony Hillerman

While younger boys disappear, certainly one of them leaving a pool of blood at the back of, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police unearths himself not just monitoring a ruthless and brutal killer yet stuck up within the problematic mysteries of the Zuni faith besides. For the lifeless boy used to be to have performed a key function in an immense ritual of the Zuni humans. An further difficulty within the research and seek is the lacking boys' curiosity in an archeological dig that looks close to proving a debatable concept. And the FBI's blind simple task that it is all concerning a small hippy commune's drug dealing does not precisely aid both. Leaphorn patiently tracks the assassin into the wasteland to a terrifying confrontation...

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Dead? Cata perhaps, but it seemed suddenly unlikely. There was no possible reason for anyone to kill him. The blood might have had other sources. Probably this was a wasted day. There was nothing much except the blood. Two square yards of blood-stiff earth under a piñon and two boys missing. One of them, everybody said, was a crazy kid. What else was there? Something stolen from an anthropologists' camp—some thing so trivial it hadn't been missed. And something which looked like a Zuñi kachina snooping in the moonlight at a hippie commune.

But he must have said something. " "He asked me if I knew anything about the Zuñi religion," Susanne said, "and I said not much. " She paused, putting the memory back together. " She frowned. " She looked at Leaphorn curiously. " "I'm not a Zuñi," Leaphorn said. " "It seemed important to George. I could tell that. " "Forgiveness for him? Did he give you any idea who needed to be forgiven? Was it him? " "I don't know," Susanne said. "I guessed it was for him, himself. " "Any hint of what the forgiveness would be for?

This question was the focus of Leaphorn's concentration. Did the killing of Cata and of Shorty Bowlegs make sense in themselves? Or must they be part of something larger? And if the sequence was incomplete, where did the line between Cata and Bowlegs point? The question cried for every gram of Leaphorn's attention. His head ached with it. But there were distractions. The FBI agent was talking. Once again a fly was patrolling the Zuñi Police Department office. M. 53 with something noisily wrong with its gearbox.

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