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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (April 7 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312870604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312870607
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,621,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

If it's tough being a cop, it's even tougher being a cop's relative, as shown in this fifth fine mystery about Navajo Tribal Police Special Investigator Ella Clah. In previous books (2000's Shooting Chant; etc.), we've seen Ella's father murdered, her mother almost killed in a car crash and brother Clifford also seriously threatened. This time out it's Ella's younger cousin and assistant, Officer Justine Goodluck, who has to suffer for being related to the star of an ongoing series. Not only does the troubled, increasingly unreliable Justine wind up dead on the titular New Mexico mesa, but Ella becomes the prime suspect in her grisly murder. Despite the possibilities for melodrama, the Thurlos maintain a firm hold on reality with convincing details of life and speech patterns on what Ella calls "the Rez"--the sprawling Navajo settlements around Shiprock. Although the heavies behind Justine's murder are introduced early, with ominous music on the soundtrack, the reasons for the plot against Ella are satisfyingly complicated as they unravel. And the moments that single mom Clah steals from her work to spend with her 18-month-old daughter, Dawn, are poignantly rendered. (Apr. 11)Forecast: This book should benefit from the release in March of the mass market edition of Shooting Chant, as well as from the strong reviews garnered by that title and from blurbs by Tess Gerritsen and Diana Gabaldon about previous Thurlo books. Handselling to readers who find the wait between Tony Hillerman books too long should also boost sales.

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Ella Clah, special investigator with the Navajo Tribal Police (Shooting Chant), splits her time between cases and her toddler daughter. A recent puzzling convenience-store robbery, an enigmatic e-mail warning, a vengeful outlaw on the loose, a newly assigned Hopi FBI agent, and Ella's strange-acting police partner all underscore Ella's own intuitive sense that something bad will happen. When it does, she stands accused not only of murder but also of fulfilling a well-known family curse. The authors deliver an intense, spellbinding family drama in which the battle between good and evil affects both modernist and traditionalist Navajo. Prime reading for fans of Tony Hillerman and other Southwestern mysteries.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
Navaho Police Special Investigator Ella Clah and her cousin, police officer Justine Goodluck loudly argue in public over a recent incident. When a few days later, Justine's burnt bones are found partially buried on the top of RED MESA, everyone, including some members of her own family, conclude that Ella killed Justine. Even Ella's beloved mother believes her daughter has turned evil and wants to protect her infant grandchild from her.
While Ella flees to buy time and the truth behind Justine's murder, the law chases after her even more convinced she is an escaping killer. As the law gets closer to capturing her, Ella begins to unravel a plot to eliminate her. Will she be able to expose the dastardly scheme before her time runs out?
The fifth Clah entry is a great tale because the talented duo, Aimee & David Thurlo never lose sight of the scheme or the personalities of the cast. Even on the lam, Ella remains Ella, as fans know her. The plot works because the "plot" against Ella still retains plausibility even with the villains known early in the tale. The Thurlos talent resides in deep and thorough characterizations that lift their Native American police procedurals to a plane shared by the likes of Hillerman.

Harriet Klausner
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By "sunnykissed" on Dec 12 2001
Format: Hardcover
They don't come much better than the Ella Clah series. The authors keep this book on a personal level so that you feel you know and understand the character. You feel her pain and her joy. One isn't enough. Buy them all.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A long running mystery where the heroine becomes the villain Feb. 18 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Navaho Police Special Investigator Ella Clah and her cousin, police officer Justine Goodluck loudly argue in public over a recent incident. When a few days later, Justine's burnt bones are found partially buried on the top of RED MESA, everyone, including some members of her own family, conclude that Ella killed Justine. Even Ella's beloved mother believes her daughter has turned evil and wants to protect her infant grandchild from her.
While Ella flees to buy time and the truth behind Justine's murder, the law chases after her even more convinced she is an escaping killer. As the law gets closer to capturing her, Ella begins to unravel a plot to eliminate her. Will she be able to expose the dastardly scheme before her time runs out?
The fifth Clah entry is a great tale because the talented duo, Aimee & David Thurlo never lose sight of the scheme or the personalities of the cast. Even on the lam, Ella remains Ella, as fans know her. The plot works because the "plot" against Ella still retains plausibility even with the villains known early in the tale. The Thurlos talent resides in deep and thorough characterizations that lift their Native American police procedurals to a plane shared by the likes of Hillerman.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pale copy of Tony Hillerman Dec 11 2009
By MJS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read every Tony Hillerman novel and was looking for something similar. This is not it, even though its set in the same area. This is not the first book in the series, but it is the only one I have read. Almost all the dialog is unbelievable. The people in here say things MUCH too openly (when is the last time your lower status coworker who doesn't like you came right out and told you so?). The plot was not believable and was overly complex. I used to live in New Mexico and have been in the four corners area where these novels take place. You really don't get a very good feel for what the area is like from this book. For ex, I remember being in a McDonalds in Gallup, NM with very traditionally dressed Navajo women and Navajo men in jeans and cowboy boots. I think many people would find the area almost as different as a foreign country.

Won't be reading more of these - I will go back and reread some Tony Hillerman.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If Ella didn't do it. who did? Oct. 19 2013
By Matilda de Nada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is one of the earlier books in the series about Navajo Police officer, Ella Clah. In this story, Ella's fellow officer and partner, Justine, disappear after continued arguments that were overheard by several other people. A grave is found at a site where the two officers had met to try to reconcile their differences. Some gory evidence was found at the site, and determined to be that of the missing partner. Because of this piece of evidence, it is therefore believed that the bones that were buried are those of Justine. Ella, the respected cop and supervisor soon becomes Ella the suspected murder suspect.

The reader is taken on a sometimes bumpy journey with Ella as she tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to her partner. Relatives, acquaintances and others suddenly want nothing to do with Ella. There is a belief among some reservation residents that Ella and others in her family are evil because of long ago happenings in their clan. Now that Ella is a murder suspect, that belief is enhanced. Her fellow officers seem eager to find her and put her behind bars. Ella is eager to find the real killers, and clear her name. Everyone seems bent on chasing rumors and not necessarily valid clues. There are lots of twists and turns that just might keep you on the edge of your seat. There are lots of interesting characters, not necessarily all likable, that kept me reading just a little bit more before bedtime.

Descriptive terms are used to the extent that the reader has a good mental image of people and places. The book is grammatically well written with an almost complete absence of annoying typos that are prevalent in many Kindle editions. The book is written by New Mexico authors, and that is where the story takes place.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
red Mesa Oct. 2 2013
By Mary theress - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Never disappointed with an Ella Clah mystery. This one took me back to the beginning of her life with her new little girl and where she is coming from. I will continue to find out what she is doing next
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good reading. Feb. 25 2014
By Linda J. Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
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All the Ella Clah novels by the Thurlo are just plan fun to read. The authors are knowledge about their culture of their character and make then come alive at real people.


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