By Tony Hillerman
Who could homicide a loss of life guy? Why may an individual scouse borrow a field of rocks? And why might a wealthy man's spouse pay $3,000 to get them again? those questions hang-out Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police as he trips into the sizzling Southwest. yet there, out within the undesirable nation, a lone murderer waits for Chee to come back looking solutions, waits prepared and prepared to guard a imaginative and prescient of loss of life that for thirty years has been fed by way of greed and washed in blood.
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That had set the tone. Colton rarely talked to anyone, but he knew how to do it well. He watched television, and he listened carefully to conversations in airports and restaurants and the waiting lines for movies—the places where people talked to each other. Once in a while he practiced, with cabdrivers or the call girls he took to motels twice a month. But he rarely talked to the same person more than once or twice, except for Boxholder. After all this time, he found himself imagining how Mrs.
There'd be no advice—not directly. There'd be a hundred questions: Which one was lying? What motivated the large payments? Why did the Checkerboard Navajos think Vines was a witch? Or did they? How was the Charley outfit mixed into this affair? And when Chee could offer no answers, Hosteen Nakai would smile at him and remind him of what he had told Chee a long time ago. He'd told Chee he had to understand white people. Chee used his two forefingers to tap the stack of currency into a neat pile.
And then there would be the reunion. At another level, Colton believed none of that. Webster was screwing him. The private detective had been screwing him for four expensive years. There were no trips, no hotel bills, no long-distance calls, no trace of Buddy Shaw. Webster had had no more success than the first private detective Colton had hired. Webster simply sat in his office in Encino and once a month dreamed up a letter and fabricated an itemized bill. The first detective had gone to the house Colton and his mother and Buddy Shaw had occupied in Bakersfield.