Dance Hall of the Dead (Crime Masterworks) by Tony Hillerman

Police Procedurals

By Tony Hillerman

While younger boys disappear, one in all them leaving a pool of blood at the back of, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police unearths himself not just monitoring a ruthless and brutal killer yet stuck up within the problematic mysteries of the Zuni faith in addition. For the useless boy was once to have performed a key function in a tremendous ritual of the Zuni humans. An additional trouble within the research and seek is the lacking boys' curiosity in an archeological dig that appears to be like near to proving a arguable idea. And the FBI's blind walk in the park that it is all regarding a small hippy commune's drug dealing does not precisely aid both. Leaphorn patiently tracks the assassin into the wasteland to a terrifying confrontation...

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Cecil suddenly began shaking. Leaphorn put his hand on the boy's shoulder. He was overcome with a wild surge of anger. "He got the horse yesterday evening," Cecil said. His voice was very small. "It was about dark, after I talked to you. " Cecil was still staring straight ahead, his hands gripping the tin box so hard that his knuckles whitened. " Cecil fell silent, the catalog completed. " "The note's in here with my stuff," Cecil said. He unlatched the box and sorted through the papers. "I thought I put it in here," he said.

So did Cecil," Leaphorn said. "It's different when they're drunks, I think," Susanne said. "That's like your father being sick. He can't really help it. " She paused. Her eyes were wet again, but she ignored it. "Now he doesn't have anything. " "He has a brother," Leaphorn said. "An eleven-year-old brother named Cecil. " "I didn't know he had a brother," Susanne said. "Not until you mentioned it. " She said it as if she found it incredible, as if she suddenly didn't quite understand George Bowlegs.

Leaphorn decided he would tell Susanne of the note, and then talk to Isaacs about it, hoping for some forgotten crumb of information which might point in the direction Bowlegs had taken. The knobby rubber of his mud tires produced a spray of gravel on the county road and then a rooster tail of dust as he jolted down the wagon track toward the commune. He was thinking that while Bowlegs was hunting his kachina, something was almost certainly hunting Bowlegs. Joe Leaphorn, who almost never hurried, was hurrying now.

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