The Shaman Sings by James D. Doss
(Shaman Mysteries)

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Modern science meets ancient native American mysteries in southwestern Colorado, when the two forces collide during the investigation into the murder of a young graduate student. A first novel.
 

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James D. Doss, recently retired from the technical staff of Los Alamos National Laboratory, now spends most of his time in a small cabin above Taos -- writing mystery fiction. He also travels to the fascinating locations where his stories take place, often camping in remote areas to absorb the impression of an Anasazi ruin, a deep canyon, an arid mesa, or a Sun Dance. His Shaman series includes "The Shaman Sings", "The Shaman Laughs", "The Shaman's Bones", "The Shaman's Game", "The Night Visitor", and "Grandmother Spider". The unusual plots are a mix of high technology and mysticism ("Shaman Sings"), bizarre animal mutilations ("Shaman Laughs"), theft of a sacred artifact ("Shaman's Bones"), an unprecedented form of murder and revenge at the Sun Dance ("Shaman's Game"), a most peculiar haunting followed by the discovery of an astonishing fossil ("Night Visitor"), and -- because a small girl has killed a spider without performing the prescribed ritual -- the appearance of a monstrous, murderous, eight-legged creature on the reservation ("Grandmother Spider", of course!).
 
Published February 1, 1994 by St Martins Pr. 230 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And Nahum Yaciiti and Arlo Nightbird, refusing to stay dead, will appear in visions to guide Anglos and Utes alike to the real killer.

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Ute Indian prophecy, scientific investigation, cryptanalysis, and old-fashioned intuition join forces to solve the murder of star Rocky Mountain Polytechnic grad student Priscilla Song, whose breakthrough research in room-temperature superconductivity would have made her rich and famous if she ha...

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Science and mysticism, ghosts and hard-edged cop work combine to stunning effect in this first novel set in Native American lands of Colorado. Daisy Perika, an aged Ute shaman, sees images of imminent

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When three people die during two dances, tribal police officer Charlie Moon (in the fourth captivating book of this exceptional series, after The Shaman's Bones, 1997) can't quite accept the verdicts of natural causes.

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According to PW's starred review, Doss's second Charlie Moon mystery (set on an Ute Indian reservation) ""combines...

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Not so Scott Parrish, chief of police in a nearby town, who has similar experiences while investigating the murder of Priscilla Song.

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