The Dark Wind Book Summary and Study Guide

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A unidentified corpse is found on Hopi reservation land that looks like it has become the victim of a Navajo skinwalker. A trading post employee is fired and steals a bunch of expensive jewellery from his employer. A windmill located on former Navajo land, now occupied by Hopi families, has been vandalized. And when Officer Chee guards the windmill at night, he sees a private plane crashing into a mountain nearby and finds a white man shot at the crash site. This case falls into FBI territory, and Officer Chee has to stay clear of it lest he become a suspect himself.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Kind of investigator    -   American Indian mystery Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   crushed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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