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At Ease with the Dead (Joshua Croft #2)

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Croft combs New Mexico for a Navajo who’s been dead since 1866

On a fishing trip in the mountains outside of Santa Fe, private detective Joshua Croft hears pistol fire. He finds an elderly Navajo encircled by a trio of trigger-happy yokels, demanding the old man dance for them. Croft disarms them, sends them packing, and returns to Santa Fe a few days later. He has nearly f
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ebook, 248 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (first published 1990)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 08, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”There’s something obscene and horrific about a stocking mask. The taut translucent fabric distorts the face, reminding you of the malleability of flesh, its fragility, its transience. It transforms the eyes and mouth to evil slits, the nose to a grotesque blob, turns them all into a vision, dreadful, repellent, vaguely remembered from ancient sweat-soaked dreams.”

Joshua Croft, Santa Fe private investigator, was hired by a Navajo named Daniel Begay to help find and recover the bones of his ances
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Richard
Author's second book in the acclaimed series featuring Santa Fe PI Joshua Croft. A compelling story with a genuine treatment of the SW. Satterwhwait isn't exactly a household name and I first learned of his works as some of them along with works by Michael Connoly, George Pelecanos and some less well known "mystery/PI" writers wwere re-published by Dennis McMillan in Tucson (before he went bust) (again).
Julie Davis
Cross Robert Parker's Spencer with Tony Hillerman's Navajo settings and you'd have Joshua Croft. The mystery and setting were entertaining enough but I spotted the evil doer the second he was introduced, which doesn't ever bode well for a mystery. I'm just not that good at solving mysteries and I'm usually not trying to figure them out that early in the book.
Karen
Feb 14, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read it, but didn't like it that much, didn't feel any depth to the characters - he kept bring them in and killing them off. Takes place in AZ, TX, reservation, city, but would skip any other books by this author
T J
Nov 15, 2015 T J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love living in New Mexico and when I find a author who's story takes place in New Mexico. In this book I am seeing parts of New Mexico I know and Walter's Private Detective, Joshua Croft comes to life. At Ease with the Dead keeps you guessing till the very end. One great read.
Linda
Jun 23, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the character of Joshua Croft and I would like to read more of Satterthwait's books. The stolen Navajo Indian bones and their story gave the book an interesting touch - past to present.
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Walter Satterthwait (b. 1946) is an author of mysteries and historical fiction. A fan of mystery novels from a young age, he spent high school immersed in the works of Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane. While working as a bartender in New York in the late 1970s, he wrote his first book: an adventure novel, Cocaine Blues (1979), about a drug dealer on the run from a pair of killers.

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