The Dark Wind Hardcover – Large Print, Jul 1991
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"First-rate ... fresh, original and highly suspenseful."P> -- -- Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tony Hillerman is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America and has received its Edgar® and Grand Master awards. His other honors include the LA Times Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, the Center for the American Indians Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for the best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribes Special Friend Award. He lives with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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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
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!Read more ›
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)
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Oct. 20 2013 by Photo-Op Dave
"Enemies unseen... Fears unspoken... A dark wind has entered his soul"
Navajo Tribal Police Sgt. Read more
"Enemies unseen... Fears unspoken...... A dark wind has entered his soul"
Navajo Tribal Police Sgt. Read more
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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 morePublished on Sept. 22 2003 by Beverly J. Scott
Jim Chee witnesses a mysterious plane crash on a makeshift desert runway on the lonely Navajo reservation in Arizona. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by Smallchief
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2001 by lvkleydorff
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