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Dance Hall of the Dead
Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee #2

by Tony Hillerman


Two young boys suddenly disappear. One of them is a Zuni who leaves a trail of blood behind. Lt Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police attempts to track the brutal killer with clues from an archaeological dig and a hypodermic needle. His search is diverted at times by the religion and traditions of the Zuni. He must bypass them to find the killer before he can strike again.

This is a compelling, highly suspenseful story with an intriguing plot. It is a brilliant depiction of the Native American culture in the Western desert. It gives an insight into the character and traditions of the Native Americans who live on the reservations: their ceremonial and religious practices and the daily lives of these native people. The portrayal of the Zuni Dance Hall of the Dead ceremonial is fascinating. The action is fast paced. The characters are excellently presented.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Skinwalkers #1 (Tony Hillerman)
Dance of the Dead
#2 (Tony Hillerman)
People of Darkness #4 (Tony Hillerman)
Thief in Time #8 (Tony Hillerman)
Skeleton Man #17 (Tony Hillerman)
The Shape Shifter #18 (Tony Hillerman)
Rock with Wings (#1 Anne Hillerman)
Song of the Lion (#3 Anne Hillerman)

The Book

June 2009 - reprint from 1973
0061808385 / 978-0061808388

The Reviewer

Barbara Buhrer
Reviewed 2009
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