Sacred Clowns by Tony Hillerman
Novel, A (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee)

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During a kachina ceremony at the Tano Pueblo, the antics of a dancing koshare fill the air with tension. Moments later, the clown is found bludgeoned to death, in the same manner a reservation schoolteacher was killed only days before.

Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn believe that answers lie in the sacred clown's final cryptic message to the Tano people. But to decipher it, the two Navajo policemen may have to delve into closely guarded tribal secrets—on a sinister trail of blood that links a runaway, a holy artifact, corrupt Indian traders, and a pair of dead bodies.

 

About Tony Hillerman

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Tony Hillerman (1925–2008) was an award-winning author and newspaperman, best known for his mystery novels set on the Navajo Nation. Don Strel, a photographer, has been published in numerous books and magazines. He has taught art and design at the university level and has served as the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico. He is currently the director of the Southwest Assignments photography, design and public relations agency, which he founded in 1991. Anne Hillerman is the founding director of Wordharvest Writers’ Workshops, a journalist, and author whose books include Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn. She is Tony Hillerman’s eldest daughter.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Navajo Detective Jim Chee, working now for Lt.

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Telling his story the Navajo way, Hillerman ( Coyote Waits ) fully develops the background of the cases pursued by Navajo Tribal Policemen, Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee, so that the resolutio

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Telling his story the Navajo way, Hillerman ( Coyote Waits ) fully develops the background of the cases pursued by Navajo Tribal Policemen, Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee, so that the resolutio

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Featuring Navajo actors pretending.

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So Blizzard watches saddened by the story of his people, while all around the Navajo audience hoot and honk at their brothers on the screen putting their private joke over the white man.

Mar 12 1994 | Read Full Review of Sacred Clowns: Novel, A (Joe ...

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