In the parking lot of the Cancer Disease and Treatment Center of the University of New Mexico
a pickup truck is bombed to smithereens. This is a murder attempt on a man who had just checked
himself into the center dying of cancer. Why would anyone want to kill a man already dying?
A month later, Navajo Tribal policeman Jim Chee is summoned to the
palatial home of millionaire DJ Vine. A strongbox belonging to Vine
was stolen. Mrs. Vine offers Chee $3000 to find and return the box
which supposedly only contains her husband's mementoes of his past.
She believes the box was stolen by Emerson Charles, the Navajo head
of the underground religious society called the People of Darkness.
The Church was founded in the 1940s. Each of its founders has succumbed
to a mysterious ailment. The Church's cult was using peyote. Now
another member of the Church is found murdered.
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of the Dead #2 (Tony Hillerman)
of Darkness #4 (Tony Hillerman)
in Time #8 (Tony Hillerman)
Man #17 (Tony Hillerman)
Shape Shifter #18 (Tony Hillerman)
with Wings (#1 Anne Hillerman)
of the Lion (#3 Anne Hillerman)