By Tony Hillerman
Reunited by means of a grave robber and a corpse, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is attempting to figure out the identification of a homicide sufferer, whereas Officer Jim Chee is arresting Smithsonian conservator Henry Highhawk for ransacking the sacred bones of his ancestors.
But with each one peeled-back layer, it turns into shockingly transparent that those circumstances are mysteriously connected—and that others are pursuing Highhawk, with deadly intentions. And the quest for solutions to a dangerous puzzle is pulling Leaphorn and Chee into the perilous enviornment of superstition, historic rite, and dwelling gods.
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We’re going to go searching up right here and if I don’t pay attention from him earlier than then, I’ll name again in—” he glanced at his watch “—about forty-five mins. ” He cradled the phone, sat in Highhawk’s chair, checked out Leaphorn who was once leaning opposed to the wall, then at Chee by means of the window. “Either certainly one of you've any inventive techniques? ” he requested. “This isn’t my baby—nor yours both for that matter—but the following we're knee deep in it. ” “I’m asking myself a few questions,” Leaphorn acknowledged. “We have this Highhawk vaguely hooked up to the knifing of a terrorist, or no matter what you must name him, out in New Mexico. simply the identify within the victim’s computer. we have him disappearing, i assume, an identical evening this safeguard is killed right here. yet will we understand whilst the safeguard used to be killed? ” “Coroner stated the 1st look seemed like it used to be prior to midnight,” Rodney stated. “He could catch up with once they have the post-mortem accomplished. ” Leaphorn appeared considerate. “So it could were both almost immediately sooner than, or almost immediately after, Highhawk walked out of the following. both approach? ” “Sounds like it,” Rodney stated. He glanced at Chee. “How approximately you? ” “I’m pondering that this is often the world’s top position to conceal a body,” Chee acknowledged, slowly. “Tens of hundreds of thousands of situations and bins lining the halls. such a lot of them sufficiently big for a physique. ” “But locked,” Rodney stated. “And a few of them, i spotted, have been sealed, too. ” “They all use a similar easy little grasp key,” Chee stated. “At least such a lot of them needs to use a similar key, or you’d want a truck to haul your keys round. i feel you simply choose up a key, signal for it, and continue it till you’re accomplished with it. anything like that. ” “You be aware of if Highhawk had a key? ” “I’d bet so,” Chee stated. “He used to be a conservator. He may were operating with these items for all time. ” Leaphorn positioned his forefinger on a hook which have been screwed into the doorjamb. “I’d been brooding about what this was once for,” he stated. “I’d wager it was once the place Highhawk hung his key. ” No key hung there now, however the white paint less than the hook was once discolored with years of finger marks. “Let’s cross glance around,” Rodney stated. He acquired up. “He took it while he left,” Chee stated. “And sooner than we go searching, why no longer make a cell name first? name upkeep, or whoever may perhaps comprehend, and ask them in the event that they came across something strange this morning. ” Rodney paused on the doorway, having a look . “Like what? ” Chee spotted that Leaphorn used to be taking a look at him, smiling a little bit. “Chee’s a pessimist,” Leaphorn acknowledged. “He thinks a person killed Highhawk. If an individual did, it'd be tricky to tug him out of the building—even with the safeguard lifeless. no longer many of us round at evening in the following, I’d bet, however it could merely take one to work out you. ” Rodney nonetheless appeared wondered. “So? ” “So this position is jammed with packing containers and packing containers and instances and bins the place you'll conceal a physique. yet they’re most likely all jam-packed with issues already. So the killer empties one out, places within the physique, after which he relocks it. yet now he’s caught with no matter what got here out of the bin. So he appears to be like for a spot and dumps it someplace.
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