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Tracking Bear
Tracking Bear Forge, April 2003, 24.95, 384 pp. ISBN 0765304767 Money is scarce on the Navaho reservation and the lack of funds in the police department means less officers and increasingly faulty and out of date equipment. Officer Frankin calls in a possible burglary in progress and requests help but the broken radio stopped working before he can give a location. By the time Ella Clah, the officer in charge of the special investigations unit, f...
Bad Faith
St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 23.95, 304 pp. ISBN 031229081 Once she was known as Mary Naughton, aninvestigative reporter, but a tragic event in her life set her on a new path. She is now known as Sister Agatha an extern nun living in the cloistered monastery of the Sisters of the Blessed Adoration in Bernalillo, New Mexico. She is one of two nuns who have contact with the outside world while the rest of the sisters remain isolated dealing only with ...
Changing Woman
Life on the Navaho reservation in New Mexico is never easy but this winter is particularly hard. The weather is abnormally cold, unemployment is up, and many people are forced to choose between eating and heating up their homes. The Tribal Council, responsible for the welfare of the people on the reservation, debates whether to legalize gambling as a way of bringing in revenue. Navaho Special Investigator Ella Clah knows that the Indian Mafia is...
Plant Them Deep
Forge, Nov 2003, 24.95, 336 pp. ISBN 0765324364787 She raised her two children to adulthood on the Navaho Reservation in New Mexico and is very proud of them both. Her son Clifford is a traditionalist who is a medicine man, a leader for those who don't believe in Anglo medicine. Her daughter is a special investigatior working for the Navaho police, a woman who is considered a modernist who follows the Anglo way. Instead of relaxing Rose Dest...

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Red Mesa
Red Mesa Aimée and David Thurlo Forge, 2001, 364 pp ISBN: 0-812-56869-9 The action starts immediately when Special Investigator Ella Clah, head of the major crimes unit of the Navajo Tribal Police, receives a call on her radio requesting backup for fellow officer Justine Goodluck as she drives home from work. Justine is Ella's cousin and, at the moment, is responding to a call about a robbery in progress at a highway convenience store. When Just...
The Spirit Line
Viking, Apr 2004, 15.99, 224 pp. ISBN: 0670036455 Near the Four Corners, tenth grader Crystal Manyfeathers disdains Navaho traditions since her mother, a believer, died a few years ago yet ironically Crystal is a skilled weaver. However, she breaks tradition as she weaves a rug for her Kinaalda ceremony that makes her a woman by not adding THE SPIRIT LINE to honor the Spider Woman. At high school, many of her peers overhear her negative comme...
Thief in Retreat
Aimee & David Thurlo St Martin's, Dec 2004, 23.95, 288 pp. ISBN 0312290085 Sister Agatha stops a robbery in progress by punching the felon in the nose. She then rides back to Our Lady of Hope monastery where she will confess to the mother superior that she committed violence against another human being. Before her confession occurs, the archbishop talks to her. He wants her to go to the retreat, a former monastery where religious folk art belo...
White Thunder
Aimee & David Thurlo Forge, March 2005, 23.94, 304 pp. ISBN 0765311747 Navaho Police Special Investigator Ella Clah is still recovering emotionally after almost dying in a uranium mine. She hopes to spend more time with her daughter Dawn but when an FBI agent goes missing on the reservation, Ella and her unit gives top priority to finding him. She doesn't expect too much cooperation from the tribe because Agent Thomas interrupted a medicine man ...
Wind Spirit
Forge, April 2004, 24.95, 336 pp. ISBN 0765304775 During the closing of the uranium mines at Four Corners in the Navaho Reservation in New Mexico, a child almost falls through an abandoned mine shaft. Navaho Police Special Investigator Elle Clah rescues him but falls in the hole and the ground offers no hard holds to pull herself out. She manages to attract someone's attention but before she can be rescued, she is drowning in a sea of sand. Wh...


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