ffortsa reviewed this|about 1 year ago
The third Joe Leaphorn mystery, this one quite action-packed for a Hillerman (I generally regard them as more cerebral than muscle-bound). An old man is killed before he can die of whatever disease he has, but before he does he talks about seeing many sand paintings (each ritual has only one), and seeing them desecrated. Leaphorn sets out to find out why he and a young woman with him were murdered, and who tried to kill him on the road, and is asked to protect a young white woman on a mission, and also some Boy Scouts. Naturally, all come together at the end, in a rather hair-raising extended episode of violence and resolution. I learned a lot of Navajo history from this one, including references to Kit Carson and the truly lovely way the U.S. has always handled its native populations. Must look up more of that.Overall, a very good book.