Shooting Chant by Aimée Thurlo
An Ella Clah Novel

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Once and FBI agent, Ella Clah is now a Special Investigator with the Navajo Police. She walks a tightrope between the Navajo and white worlds, fully accepted by neither but needed by both. Ella's brother, Clifford, a hataali or medicine man, says that her investigative skills are a gift from the spirits who guard and guide the Dineh, but Ella insists it's her FBI training that has honed her instincts.

Ella's life is about to change in ways she can barely begin to imagine--she is newly pregnant, and though she knows who the father is, she will not marry him. In Navajo society, her child will be of her clan, and will be accepted by her family, no matter what--but how can she stay a police officer, exposing herself and her unborn child to terrible danger day after day?

Given her current caseload, it's hard for Ella to put off making a final decision about her career. There's a near-riot at LabKote, a factory on the Reservation that produces high-quality vessels for medical labs. The Fierce Ones, an activist group of Navajo, are insisting that more native workers be hired by the firm--including a Navajo replacement for a manager recently found dead in his car, an apparent suicide. A sniper shoots at Ella as she drives to another crime scene--the home of State Senator James Yellowhair, who has been kidnapped.

Feuding between traditionalist and modernist elements in the Navajo nation heats up with sabotage, vandalism, and murder, spurred by a rise in birth defects among the Dineh's livestock and rustling of sheep and cattle. Ella's personal concerns mount when officers investigating a break-in at the health clinic discover that the records of several pregnant women--including Ella--are missing. Then one of the pregnant women is murdered....

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About Aimée Thurlo

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AIMÉE and DAVID THURLO have won the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for their romantic suspense, the Willa Cather Award for Contemporary Fiction, and the New Mexico Book Award. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed Ella Clah series and many other novels.
Published March 15, 2001 by Forge Books. 350 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And she can cope with the cop on her staff who has no idea what being a cop entails, not to mention the two men in love with her with whom she's not in love.

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Special investigator Ella Clah of the Navajo Tribal Police gets taken for an exceptionally rough ride in this fifth novel in the series (after Enemy Way), as she confronts a murder investigation, intra-tribal cultural tensions, medical misconduct and family troubles.

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