By Tony Hillerman
An historical TrustIs BrokenDuring a Tano kachina rite whatever within the antics of the dancing koshare fills the air with pressure. Moments later the clown is located brutally bludgeoned within the similar demeanour reservation schoolteacher was once killed simply days earlier than. In real Navajo variety, Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Leaphorn of the Tribal Police return to the start to decipher the sacred clowns message to the folk of the Tano pueblo. Amid guarded tribal secrets and techniques and crooked Indian investors, they discover a path of blood that hyperlinks a runaway schoolboy, useless our bodies, and the mysterious presence of a sacred artifact.
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Taking money," he explained. "It's probably legal enough," Janet said. " Applebee looked surprised. "Really? " "I'd have to check the tribal code. It prohibits council members from voting on anything in which they have a personal financial interest. " Applebee looked disappointed. "So it would just mean Chester couldn't vote on the dump issue. " Janet asked. "Do you know how much they're paying him? Any details? He'll be trying to get the Horse Mesa Chapter to pass a resolution backing the dump.
She looked up, at Streib and then at Leaphorn, as if challenging them to deny it. "A kind man. And gentle. " Leaphorn asked. She nodded. "Everybody liked him. He wasn't a Catholic, you know, but I think he was a saint. " "Not quite everybody," Streib said. " "I really don't," she said. " She tapped the list Lieutenant Toddy had given them with a plump finger. " "Maybe that was it," Leaphorn said. " "Well," Mrs. Montoya said. " "You sound sure of that," Leaphorn said. Mrs. Montoya looked flustered.
Nothing," he said. "Nada. Except maybe we can rule out an indignant husband. " Leaphorn didn't comment on that. He was thinking that Francis Sayesva, in his role as koshare for his people, was also a sacred clown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 JANET WAS WEARING a blue skirt, a white shirt that looked to Jim Chee's unpracticed eye like some sort of silk, and a little jacket that matched the skirt. The total effect was to make Miss Pete look chic, sophisticated, and beautiful.
Sacred Clowns (Joe Leaphorn Jim Chee Novels) by Tony Hillerman