[Læst til Bogudfordringen 2011; en bog udgivet i 2011].
A Forge Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, N.Y. I received a review copy from the publisher.
The sleuths of this series are Tribal Police Investigator Ella Clah and her sidekick, Justine Goodluck, who is also her second cousin.
“Justine stopped working on the windshield and looked directly at Ella. Although among Traditionalists that would have been considered extremely rude, tribal cops had learned to walk the line between the old and the new, adapting to a reservation in transition.”
The police discover a body which has been buried in the reservation for a long time and Ella takes a look around her:
“It´s also been replanted with vegetation, and at different times, too,” Ella said after a beat. “The section closest to the hand is covered with tumbleweeds and goatheads. Those are the first type of plants to appear in soil that has been disturbed. That should give us a rough idea of when the grave was dug.”
A closer survey of the area warns them that there may be more graves. All in all they find four bodies, apparently all Navajo Indians, buried over a long period of time, and everything points towards a killer who plans carefully ahead. Furthermore, someone begins to send Ella Clah text messages which seem to indicate she is being watched.
A nice mystery with interesting information about the Navajo tribe and their way to deal with death and murder. It is second nature to Ella to respect the customs of her tribe, but she is also a modern woman and single mother. She and her twelve-year-old daughter live in the same house as Ella´s mother and the mother´s husband so of course Ella goes through all the usual trouble of raising a child who thinks she is ready to take her own decisions.
An example of a Navajo figure of speech. People who are considered illoyal to the tribe are called apples – “red on the outside, white on the inside”.
Even though there are many victims and quite a bit of shooting in this police procedural, it is not at all a graphic novel.