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Two Native American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young ZuNi. But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig and a steel hypodermic needle. And the unique laws and sacred religious rites of the ZuNi people are throwing impassable roadblocks in Leaphorn's already twisted path, enabling a craven murderer to elude justice or, worse still, to kill again.

©1973 Anthony Hillerman (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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Impossible to Forget

"Dance Hall of the Dead" has stuck in my mind for many years as among the best of Tony Hillerman. The Audible edition confirms and expands that in the following ways: 1) this book features an intricate and exciting mystery plot; 2) the reader/listener learns a great deal about the Zuni and Navajo cultures and the differences between them; 3) there's a never-to-be-forgotten lesson about differing priorities; and 4) George Guidall makes every adventure even better!

Two boys - one Navajo, one Zuni - are in great danger, and Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo police sets out to discover why. The tale involves an archaeological dig, Zuni Kachina gods, and 3 contrasting cultures, among other features of life in the desert. Leaphorn, in his search, learns more about Zuni customs and the ways of the ancient peoples of the American Southwest - and, thus, so do we.

Some reviewers have remarked that Hillerman's books are a bit slow. But, that's much of the point, really. Joe Leaphorn demonstrates strength, wisdom, and especially the value of patience and silence in understanding the deeds men commit. He's an unforgettable character - worthy of George Guidall!

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Excellent Listen!

What a great story! Very well told. I have always loved learning about the native people. This series gives some interesting insight to the world and minds of the native people.

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Great as always

I love Tony Hillerman and his accurate and visceral descriptions of my home stage make me feel like I’m right there. I had to give this reading only four stars, however, due to some of the pronunciation. First, Shalako. George Guidall puts the emphasis on the second syllable. Growing up in the places described in the book, I never heard it pronounced lime like, but with the emphasis on the first syllable. Also, several references to Ramah and the Ramah-Navajo Reservation are also mispronounced. Ramah is with a long a in the first syllable. Nitpicking I know, but I love the area.

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Gripping

Worth the time to listen. I enjoyed it very much. Tony Hillerman is a treasure.

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A great detective mystery

Fascinating look at the differences between several native tribes and how their religions differ also how their Waze differ with the modern white men’s ideals and showing how different police agencies get along well trying to oversee one case and which ones look for certain indications of what they believe to be right

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Hard to follow...

I liked the main character and I love the narrator. But the story was hard to follow. Like it wasn't fully fleshed out or something. I don't know enough about creative writing to put my finger on it, but I do know that I disengaged frequently throughout the story and suddenly it was over. Gonna have to go back to Don Winslow for a while. Or maybe CJ Box will have something new and edgy.

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Hopi Against Navaho

No more circling the wagons. Tribe against tribe, whites against Indians, culture against archeological facts. Lots going on in this one not just your average who done it. Thought that's in there too.

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A great listen

It’s no wonder Tony Hiillerman has received so many honors. His books have a wonderful combination of story telling, culture and location. We finished this book and immediately wanted to start another and not leave Joe Leaphorn and the Four Corners area. The narration was spot on and added to the book.

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Great Mystery

A great read. Interesting story, good cultural details, and great narrator. I only wish the third book in the series was available.

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good who dunnit

good listen
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explaining the grit and anger felt by character