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For Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, the case begins when he finds a pair of boots in the rabbit brush beside a wilderness trail. The boots' owner lies nearby, his palms and soles "scalped" in what appears to be a witch's scavenging. The federal investigators tell Chee to mind his own business. But a series of disturbing events draws Chee into a dangerous web of intrigue spun by Navajo sorcery and white greed.

©1992 Tony Hillerman (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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Excellent complicated mystery

Even though I guessed the villain well before the end, I really appreciated the way the various story lines interwove. Also, I appreciate the more formal character interactions than we find in other mystery/crime novels these days. I don't need to hear about the emotional life of the characters from potty training to passionate young love in order to understand and solve the mystery being detailed. I sometimes wonder whether all the cultural details are accurate, but I understand that Hillerman was well grounded in those matters, and doubt he'd feel the need to invent much. Such a pleasure. I have the entire series, tough not all are audio, and some of the audios are only available on CD. I hope Audible will eventually produce more of them.

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The dark wind

Great book,the way the Navajo thinks about everything as per white people enjoyed the reading by George Guidall

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Enjoyable

I always enjoy listening to this series and this narrator. It is a great listen.

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  • Phillip
  • Virginia Beach, VA, United States
  • 09-09-16

Hillerman's stuck on the flypaper of his storyline

The author creates a great dichotomy between indigenous mythology and detective work. His Native American heroes face the challenge of policing autonomous nations within overlapping police jurisdictions. Normally, this just adds to the interest. But in "The Dark Wind," Hillerman paints himself into a corner. Unable to write a happy ending, he forces his hero to act irrationally in order to stay true to the constraints he has forced upon the storyline.

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The dark wind

Love the whole sreries. One of my favorite authors. Setting and characters are old friends. George This all is my favorite among Audible readers

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Another Hillerman book that ia good.

I still love the fact that all the places are familiar to me. I'll stay with the series for sure.

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Good Story!

I had already seen”Dark Wind” the movie (with Fred Ward and Lou Diamond Philips) when I listened to this. This reading expounded on the little things that were changed or left out of the movie.
Enjoyable though Leaphorn nor Chee’s social life make an appearance.
I was trying to hear these in order, but many have not been added to catalog. Oh, well—I’ll keep going with what is offered. :)

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Suspenseful

I love how Navajo and Hopi traditions are integral to the characters and plot. They paint a picture in words that is a vivid mental picture for the reader.

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love these older books.

don't overlook older books as they are a good relaxing read. looking forewarned to the next one.

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Pretty good

Interesting twists and characters. The Ending a bit awkward though, with too many threads left hanging.