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Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder victim undisturbed for more than a decade. Three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a harmless old canyon guide is felled by a sniper's bullet. Joe Leaphorn, recently retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, believes the shooter and the skeleton are somehow connected and recalls a chilling puzzle he was previously unable to solve. But Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee is too busy to take an interest in a dusty cold case . . . until the reborn violence of it hits much too close to home.
-New York Times Book Review
“Richly imagined, atmospheric, and briskly paced.”
“One of his more intricate plots and one of his more satisfying novels.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Tony Hillerman’s novels are like no others.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune