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The Dark Wind [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Tony Hillerman
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July 1991 Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series

The corpse had been "scalped," its palms and soles removed after death. Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police knows immediately he will have his hands full with this case -- a certainty that is supported by the disturbing occurrences to follow. A mysterious nighttime plane crash, a vanishing shipment of cocaine, and a bizarre attack on a windmill only intensify Chee's fears. A dark and very ill wind is blowing through the Southwestern desert, a gale driven by Navajo sorcery and white man's greed. And it will sweep away everything unless Chee can somehow change the weather.

Performed by Gil Silverbird

Enhanced CD: CD features an interactive program which can be viewed on your computer, including: a photo galary, an author Q&A and a 35 years of excellence timeline.
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"A beauty of a thriller . . . exotic and compelling reading." -- -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A book to read with pleasure." -- -- Colorado Springs Sun

"Background, characters, story--all first rate." -- -- Amarillo Texas News

"Hillerman is first-rate . . . fresh, original, and higly suspenseful." -- -- The Los Angeles Times

"Hillerman's best book in an already strong series." -- -- The New Republic

"Tony Hillerman continues to teach and delight." -- -- Ashville, N.C. Citizen-Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

Tony Hillerman is past president of the Mystery Writers of America and has received their Edgar and Grand Master awards. His other honors include the Center for the American Indian's Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award. He lives with his wife, Marie, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good book Oct. 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A dark wind has entered his soul" July 23 2006
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Enemies unseen... Fears unspoken...... A dark wind has entered his soul"

Navajo Tribal Police Sgt. Jim Chee seems to be batting zero; so far he has not been able to solve a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. In an area that was joint use land between the Navaho and the Hopi (now Hopi) Sgt Jim Chee is given the task of finding the vandal that keeps destroying a windmill placed there to make Hopi life easer. He hears an airplane landing in the dark of night with no lights. The plane crashes and leaves a dying pilot. Also a dead man sitting up against a rock with a note in his hand saying if you want it back contact...

Sgt Chee is told that it is probably drugs and federal jurisdiction. Chee is not supposed to go anywhere near or have anything to do with the case. He has his own problems with the mill, a missing thief, and a mysterious ritual death. Naturally he listens, and can not help it if they overlap.

One of the reasons for reading Hillerman's books maybe more important than the overlying mystery is the descriptions of the area and the Ways of the Navaho and Hopi. Hillerman suggests you also read "The Book of the Hopi" by Frank Waters.

Not as intricate as the book but still fun is the movie "Dark Wind" (Lou Diamond Phillips as Officer Jim Chee, Fred Ward as Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hillerman's fifth "Navajo Detectives" novel Nov. 5 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jim Chee witnesses a mysterious plane crash on a makeshift desert runway on the lonely Navajo reservation in Arizona. A body shows up near a Hopi village with the hands and feet skinned. A windmill is vandalized by persons unknown. Storm clouds herald a violent end to a drought that parches the high desert country.
Thus, Hillerman sets the scene for his story, the fifth in the Navajo Detectives series and the second with Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police as the main character. "Dark Wind" weaves into the story the religious ceremonies of the gentle Hopi Indians and the antipathy between village Hopi and sheep-herding Navajo. The story is overlaid by the natural splendor of the country and Chee's knowledge of his people and land are crucial to resolving the mystery, while the Federals - the FBI and the DEA - thrash around ineffectively
Hillerman has professed to be a little uncomfortable with his creation, Jim Chee, a young man with a stubborn, rebellious streak, one foot in the Navajo world and the other in the White man's. Chee demonstrates those characteristics in "Dark Wind" and is less likeable as a character than in other books in the series.
"Dark Wind" is a good tale -- but not the best of the series -- with a lot of intriguing insights into Hopi and Navajo folkways and philosophy. If you like the wide-open spaces of the American west, you'll like Tony Hillerman's books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Wind , review by Brett Mills Oct. 26 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Dark Wind" is a great book by Tony Hillerman. It's about a mystery that just keeps getting weirder and weirder.
It starts when a couple of guys fishing run into a missing boot. As they walk farther they eventually find a dead body with no bottoms to the feat. These men get scared and then call the Navajo Tribal Police. Here we first see our protagonist Jim Chee. When the body is taken into the morgue Jim and some of the other policemen go to see who it is.
As they investigate the body they soon find out that the it had been there for a while because of the decomposing that had occured to it. Then after about a day or two it is revealed that the body is that of John Doe. Also because Chee was once a part of his Uncle's training in tribal rituals he knows that there were no bottoms to the feat because that's what a witch would use for his or her powder.
Soon Chee also learns of some even more troubling news. While at Chee's station he hears a low lying plane overhead. Since it is dark Chee cannot see the plane. Then about a minute later Chee hears a crash and decides to investigate.
When Chee finally arrives he finds three dead bodies and one almost dead. Chee trys to ask the dying man what happened, but not too soon after he dies. What adds more to the mystery is that he hears a car starting and running off away from the crash.Then to add even more to the suspense Chee learns that the plane was transporting illegal drugs; which turned out to be a shipment of cocaine.
Chee then notices that there were lanterns on the ground, probably to mark were the pilot was supposed to land. They had been moved so that the plane would crash! Chee realizes that the crash was no accident, but murder!
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The setting and people in this novel will certainly become more popular as we all come to accept the return of it's peoples to a place of prominence in American society. Read more
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Published on May 17 2004 by Blaine Greenfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery
Hillerman does it once more with "The Dark Wind." An upright boot on a out-of-the-way trail leads to the discovery of a dead man, a man with the skin removed from his... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003 by Beverly J. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Wind
"The Dark Wind" is a great book by Tony Hillerman. It's about a mystery that just getting weirder and weirder. It starts when a couple of guys fishing run into a missing boot. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The usual Indians
The book contains a fairly good mystery, although large parts are rather predictable. But Hillerman spends a major part of his novel on explaining Hopi religion and ways of life to... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2001 by lvkleydorff
4.0 out of 5 stars A very complicated plot, but the ending provides...
very little closure.
I've read this book twice now, and I would have to say that it is definitely one of Hillerman's better ones. Read more
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