Sacred Clowns Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story is very interesting, a detailed story of the investigation of two murders that relate to each other. Sometimes some stories tend to clutter but this story gave just enough detail, not too much. This was an excellently written book.
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The review of this Book prepared by Jacky

    To Navajo Tribal Policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, the two murders seem quite
unrelated. But nothing is as it seems in “Sacred Clowns” and author Tony Hillerman takes
care, patience, and expertise in making this one of his very best. A local Navajo school
teacher has been murdered; an official at the Tano Indian pueblo is dead. They seem
unrelated.   Of course, as we find out, they aren't. A runaway schoolboy helps provide some
missing links and Leaphorn and Chee “have their man.” Hillerman seems to have taken
more time with “Sacred Clowns” and has created a complex, readable, fascinating thriller.
He is at his descriptive best in the scenes where the kachinas (sacred clowns) dance their
way, mesmerisingly, into the ancient plaza. The solution, too, seems quite complex (thus
more rewarding). This is one book you won't want to miss.   

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

Chapter Analysis of Sacred Clowns

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Kind of investigator    -   no powwow with Indian killers Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   drug dealers    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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