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By Tony Hillerman

Three shotgun blasts rip in the course of the aspect of Officer Jim Chee’s trailer because the Navajo Tribal Policeman sleeps. He survives, however the inexplicable assault has raised tense questions on a lawman as soon as past reproach.

Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn wonders why Chee was once a objective and what connection the attack has to a sequence of ugly murders that has been plaguing the reservation. however the research is prime them either right into a nightmare of formality, witchcraft, and blood . . . and into the darkish and mystical area of evil beings of Navajo legend, the “skinwalkers.”

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Simply fishing,” Chee acknowledged. “Speaking of which,” Langer stated, “can you get a let for fishing up there at Wheatfields Lake? unfastened, I suggest. ” “Well,” Chee acknowledged. “I bet you know—” Janet Pete seemed on the corridor door. “He says he’ll check with you. ” “I thank you,” Chee stated. The room held a naked wood desk and chairs. Roosevelt Bistie sat in a single of them, eyes part closed, face sagging. yet he lower back Chee’s salutation. Chee positioned his hand at the again of the opposite chair, glanced at Janet Pete. She was once leaning opposed to the wall at the back of Bistie, looking at Chee. The paper sack was once below Bistie’s chair. “Could we speak in deepest? ” Chee requested her. “I’m Mr. Bistie’s criminal counsel,” she stated. “I’ll remain. ” Chee sat down, feeling defeated. It had by no means been most likely that Bistie may speak. He hadn’t, in spite of everything, some time past. It was once even much less most probably that he could discuss the topic Chee meant to elevate, which was once witchcraft. there has been an easy sufficient reason behind that. Witches hated to be talked about—to also have their evil company mentioned. for that reason the prudent Navajo mentioned witchcraft, if in any respect, in basic terms with these identified and depended on. now not with a stranger. not at all with strangers. besides the fact that, there has been no damage in making an attempt. “I have heard anything which i feel you should know,” Chee acknowledged. “I will inform you what I heard. after which i'll ask you a question. i'm hoping you are going to provide me a solution. but when you won’t, you won’t. ” Bistie appeared . So did Janet Pete. “First,” Chee acknowledged, conversing slowly, purpose on Bistie’s expression, “I will let you know what the folks over on the Badwater Wash buying and selling publish listen. They listen little piece of bone used to be present in the physique of that guy you took a shot at. ” there has been a lag of a moment or . Then Bistie smiled a truly moderate smile. He nodded at Chee. Chee glanced at Janet Pete. She regarded questioned. “Understand that i don't be aware of if this is often true,” Chee acknowledged. “I will visit the clinic the place the physique of that guy used to be taken and that i will try and discover if it was once precise. may still I inform you what i locate out? ” No smile now. Bistie was once learning Chee’s face. yet he nodded. “Now i've got a question so you might resolution. Do you have got a bit piece of bone? ” Bistie stared at Chee, face clean. “Don’t resolution that,” Janet Pete stated. “Not until eventually i locate out what’s happening right here. ” She frowned at Chee. “What’s this all approximately? It feels like an try to get Mr. Bistie to incriminate himself. What are you using at? ” “We comprehend Mr. Bistie didn’t kill Endocheeney,” Chee acknowledged. “Somebody else killed him. We don’t comprehend who. We aren’t more likely to discover who till we all know why. Mr. Bistie the following turns out to have had an exceptional cause to kill Endocheeney, simply because he attempted to do it. possibly it was once a similar cause. perhaps it was once simply because Endocheeney used to be a skinwalker. probably he witched Mr. Bistie. positioned the witch bone into him. possibly Endocheeney witched some other person. If what I heard at Badwater Wash isn’t simply gossip, perhaps Mr. Endocheeney had a bone installed him simply because that different individual, the person who knifed Endocheeney, placed it in him while he stabbed Endocheeney to show the witching round.

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