Rock with Wings

Harper. May 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780062270511. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062270535. M
Married Navajo tribal cops Bernadette "Bernie" Manuelito and Jim Chee (last seen in the Spur Award-winning Spider Woman's Daughter) hope to relax with some vacation time in Monument Valley, but their police work calls them back to duty. Chee stays in Monument Valley on special assignment to a movie company and deals with a missing person and a mysterious gravesite. Bernie, back on patrol near Shiprock, NM, stops a car as part of a drug bust only to find a trunk filled with boxes of dirt. Further investigation leads Bernie to a representative of a company seeking to install solar panels on the reservation. It's retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn, Chee's mentor, recovering from a near-fatal shooting, who connects the two cases.
VERDICT In this action-filled adventure the author follows in her late father Tony Hillerman's footsteps, blending vivid descriptions of the striking Southwestern vistas with absorbing detective work that will keep readers enthralled. Of interest to all Hillerman fans and enthusiasts of mysteries with a strong sense of place. [See Prepub Alert, 11/17/14.]
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