Former Navajo Tribal Police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn comes out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a trading post robbery. A simpleminded kid nailed for the crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim Chee. He needs help, and Chee and his fiancée, Bernie Manuelito, decide to provide it.
Proving the kid's innocence requires finding the remains of one of 172 people whose bodies were scattered among the cliffs of the Grand Canyon in an epic airline disaster fifty years in the past. That passenger had handcuffed to his wrist an attaché case filled with a fortune in diamonds -- one of which seems to have turned up in the robbery.
But with Hillerman, it can't be that simple. The daughter of the long-dead diamond dealer is also seeking his body. So is a most unpleasant fellow, willing to kill to make sure she doesn't succeed. It's a race to the finish in a thunderous monsoon to see who will survive, who will be brought to justice, and who will finally unearth the Skeleton Man....Continua
17 - 2004 - Jim Chee & Joe Leaphorn
Dopo alcuni anni ho ritrovato Tony Hillerman ed i suoi personaggi della riserva Navajo-Hopi.
Quello che mi ha affascinato di questo autore, fin dal primo dei suoi gialli, sono le annotazioni sulle credenze e la way-of-life dei Navajo.
Anche in questo libro non mancano: vedi come Jim Chee concepisce il rapporto con un animale domestico, la gatta Cat (a pag 82 e seguito ed anche in altre pagine seguenti).