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A corpse whose palms and soles have been "scalped" is only the first in a series of disturbing clues: an airplane's mysterious crash in the nighttime desert, a bizarre attack on a windmill, a vanishing shipment of cocaine. Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is trapped in the deadly web of a cunningly spun plot driven by Navajo sorcery and white man's greed.
Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061797613
List price: $4.99
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The second Jim Chee mystery, when he is transferred to Captain Largo's team at Window Rock. He has to work differently, as a stranger in the area, and the difference shows. This episode explores the Hopi more than the Navajo, a nice contrast. The basic story centers on what appears to be drug smuggling in the Painted Desert, but too many things go wrong, and Chee has to figure out how to harmonize the disparate factors of Navajo, Hopi and white cultural values to properly sort out the puzzle. As always, a compelling tale.read more
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No follow up to some of the personal issues of Jim Chee (like the FBI question)! But really good mystery. I enjoyed how all the disparate threads that Chee was working on came together at the end. No mention at all of Leaphorn, but a lot of interaction with Capt. Largo and Cowboy Dashee was introduced. Interesting information about the Hopi-Navajo joint use issue, as well as an outsiders peek into the Hopi culture. Very enjoyable read.read more
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Jim Chee investigating Coke, murder, and Hopi culture--all very successfullyread more
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Jim Chee has three cases on his hands. He is trying to identify a "John Doe", he is trying to find the former employee of one of the local Trading Posts who left with a fair amount of native jewelry, and he is trying to find out who is damaging a windmill - repeatedly.

While he is keeping watch over the windmill one night he hears a plane flying low overhead and soon hears a crash. He is the first on the scene but is soon told that this case belongs to the FBI and the narcotics people. But, Jim, being Jim, can't completely stay out of it, especially once it starts involving his other three cases.

This one was fun, not exactly complicated but with a few twists and turns that keep you reading. I enjoyed it, a fun, fast read.read more
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good book: "The Dark Wind" is a very interesting book. It has a lot of suspense and Hillerman takes you into the book with his descriptions. This book is a murder mystery that keeps you thinking. It also keeps getting weirder as you read.
The book starts with three Hopi Indians walking up a trail and discovering a boot lying in the middle of it. They walk up the trail a little ways more and discover a dead body. The body was reported and picked up some time after the three Hopis discovered it. by the time it was recovered it couldn't be identified. Later in the book Jim Chee (the main character) is told to watch a windmill that has been vandalized two times before. in the middle of the night Chee hears a plane flying low, but cant see any lights from it. a short while later he hears a crash and goes to investigate. When he gets there he finds two people dead and one that is almost dead. He trys to find out what happened form the one that is alive, but he dies before he can say anything.
The book keeps going like this getting Chee mixed up in all of it. Chee knows he didn't do anything wrong, but he is the only one that thinks that he is innocent. Over all I would recommend this book to any body that likes mysteries or that just wants a book that makes you think and makes you feel like your right there with the charactersread more
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Jim Chee is on his own to sort through difficult crimes such as windmill vandalizing, bootlegging, robbery and drug-runners who have been murdered. Oops scratch that last off the list. He is definitely NOT looking into that. How can he help it if his other investigations keep leading him right to clues for the murder?This may be my favorite solo Chee novel. No women to complicate issues, we get to see Chee at his best. A puzzle solver, seeking wholeness in answers. I missed Joe Leaphorn, but Chee was fine on his own.read more
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This is the second of the Jim Chee novels. It is a very solid mystery that has as it's background the shared land between the Navajos and the Hopis. The federal government split the land up between the two tribes and forced each of the two tribes to move off the land that had ben determined to belong to the other tribe. This was one of those decisions that ended up with a lot of angry folks on both sides and it would seem to be a perfect setting for a mystery. But the truth is that not much is made of this set up. The religious differences between the two tribes is delved into and the Navajo way of life is again used to some good advantage, but the use of a lot of upset peole hardly plays into the plot at all. There is no romantic angst this time for Jim Chee and it does unclutter the story some. Plot points are not hurried and each of them makes sense. Very solid story.Note: There is a very bad movie based on this book. In the movie Joe Leaphorn appears but he is not in the book.read more
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The second Jim Chee mystery, when he is transferred to Captain Largo's team at Window Rock. He has to work differently, as a stranger in the area, and the difference shows. This episode explores the Hopi more than the Navajo, a nice contrast. The basic story centers on what appears to be drug smuggling in the Painted Desert, but too many things go wrong, and Chee has to figure out how to harmonize the disparate factors of Navajo, Hopi and white cultural values to properly sort out the puzzle. As always, a compelling tale.
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No follow up to some of the personal issues of Jim Chee (like the FBI question)! But really good mystery. I enjoyed how all the disparate threads that Chee was working on came together at the end. No mention at all of Leaphorn, but a lot of interaction with Capt. Largo and Cowboy Dashee was introduced. Interesting information about the Hopi-Navajo joint use issue, as well as an outsiders peek into the Hopi culture. Very enjoyable read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Jim Chee investigating Coke, murder, and Hopi culture--all very successfully
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Jim Chee has three cases on his hands. He is trying to identify a "John Doe", he is trying to find the former employee of one of the local Trading Posts who left with a fair amount of native jewelry, and he is trying to find out who is damaging a windmill - repeatedly.

While he is keeping watch over the windmill one night he hears a plane flying low overhead and soon hears a crash. He is the first on the scene but is soon told that this case belongs to the FBI and the narcotics people. But, Jim, being Jim, can't completely stay out of it, especially once it starts involving his other three cases.

This one was fun, not exactly complicated but with a few twists and turns that keep you reading. I enjoyed it, a fun, fast read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
good book: "The Dark Wind" is a very interesting book. It has a lot of suspense and Hillerman takes you into the book with his descriptions. This book is a murder mystery that keeps you thinking. It also keeps getting weirder as you read.
The book starts with three Hopi Indians walking up a trail and discovering a boot lying in the middle of it. They walk up the trail a little ways more and discover a dead body. The body was reported and picked up some time after the three Hopis discovered it. by the time it was recovered it couldn't be identified. Later in the book Jim Chee (the main character) is told to watch a windmill that has been vandalized two times before. in the middle of the night Chee hears a plane flying low, but cant see any lights from it. a short while later he hears a crash and goes to investigate. When he gets there he finds two people dead and one that is almost dead. He trys to find out what happened form the one that is alive, but he dies before he can say anything.
The book keeps going like this getting Chee mixed up in all of it. Chee knows he didn't do anything wrong, but he is the only one that thinks that he is innocent. Over all I would recommend this book to any body that likes mysteries or that just wants a book that makes you think and makes you feel like your right there with the characters
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Jim Chee is on his own to sort through difficult crimes such as windmill vandalizing, bootlegging, robbery and drug-runners who have been murdered. Oops scratch that last off the list. He is definitely NOT looking into that. How can he help it if his other investigations keep leading him right to clues for the murder?This may be my favorite solo Chee novel. No women to complicate issues, we get to see Chee at his best. A puzzle solver, seeking wholeness in answers. I missed Joe Leaphorn, but Chee was fine on his own.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is the second of the Jim Chee novels. It is a very solid mystery that has as it's background the shared land between the Navajos and the Hopis. The federal government split the land up between the two tribes and forced each of the two tribes to move off the land that had ben determined to belong to the other tribe. This was one of those decisions that ended up with a lot of angry folks on both sides and it would seem to be a perfect setting for a mystery. But the truth is that not much is made of this set up. The religious differences between the two tribes is delved into and the Navajo way of life is again used to some good advantage, but the use of a lot of upset peole hardly plays into the plot at all. There is no romantic angst this time for Jim Chee and it does unclutter the story some. Plot points are not hurried and each of them makes sense. Very solid story.Note: There is a very bad movie based on this book. In the movie Joe Leaphorn appears but he is not in the book.
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