The Dark Wind (Navajo Mysteries, #5)
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The Dark Wind (Navajo Mysteries #5)

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A corpse whose palms and soles have been "scalped" is only the first in a series of disturbing clues: an airplane's mysterious crash in the nighttime desert, a bizarre attack on a windmill, a vanishing shipment of cocaine. Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is trapped in the deadly web of a cunningly spun plot driven by Navajo sorcery and white man's greed.
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published March 1st 1982 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1982)
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Tony Hillerman passed away in October of 2008. His 18 books in his Navajo series have won numerous award and have earned Mr Hillerman "Friend of the Navajo" status. As you read Hillerman I suggest you keep a notebook handy something I will do so as I read my next novel. His native American characters share a depth of cultural information worth remembering.

Dark wind is Jim Chee at his best. Wind mills,holy ground, rain, Navajos, Hopis, theft, murder, plane crash, drugs and floods. This like othe...more
quote from pages 147 - 148
"There was no reason to kill him," she said. "And whoever did it is going to suffer for it.".... "They won't get away with it. You understand that?"
"Not exactly," Chee said.
"Do you understand 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth'?"
"I've heard it," Chee said.
"Don't you believe in justice? Don't you believe that things need to be evened up?"
Chee shrugged. "Why not?" he said. As a matter of fact, the concept seemed as strange to him as the idea that someone wit...more
I love reading books where the geographic location becomes almost a character in the story and I particularly love reading such books when I am physically in that location. So, while on a recent trip to the Southwest, I thought it was a perfect time to read a few Tony Hillerman books. I found the experience to be enhanced when Hillerman was describing the topography and I would look up from the book and see those same mountains or town. In this fifth book in the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee series...more
Living in New Mexico and being a mystery lover and not reading Tony Hillerman is probably some sort of sin. Possibly even multiple sins. So I plan to work on rectifying that travesty. THE DARK WIND is my initiation into the mystery series revolving around Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn.

The setting made this book for me. Sure, Jim Chee proved to be a likeable enough character with well-meaning intentions and motivations, and the bad guys eased off the page like green goo with simple, yet concrete nefa...more
Jim Chew, a rookie Navajo tribal policeman is assigned to find who is damaging a windmill to supply water to the Hopi Indians. He is staking out the windmill when he witnessed a plane crashing landing in a nearby arroyo. He is first to reach the plane and finds a dead man shot in the middle of the road. He reports the accident and learns that the plane is carrying drugs. The FBI accused him of removing the drugs. He is ordered to stay away from the investigation. He is to find the answer to the...more
"The Dark Wind" is the 5th novel in Tony Hillerman's "Leaphorn & Chee" series. It's also the 2nd of the pure Jim Chee novels. As with most other Hillerman novels I've read, it's very well done. Due to some corruption, though, this one is just a tad less "comfortable" to read than the previous books in the series. One of the interesting themes brought up in the book is Hillerman's assertion that the Navajo don't really understand the concept of vengeance or revenge. I'm a bit puzzled by that...more
Aug 19, 2007 Runningfox rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves reading mystery books or anyone who loves reading about American Indians
This is a great book with many unique twists and turns and the great thing is it is about an American Indian lawman..I believe it should be made into a movie...
I'm a Tony Hillerman fan. Love learning about the Navaho culture. His mysteries are catching without being graphic.
This appears to be one of the earliest of the Jim Chee Navajo mysteries that Mr. Hillerman has written. This one is pretty good, even if I figured most of the mystery out a long time before our hero.

Hillerman offers us Native folklore and culture in an interesting manner that never becomes preachy, and usually doesn't contain the typical blame the white man for the Native American Plight that often sneaks into this type of cultural setting.

I enjoyed this one and never felt lost in the Native A...more
Mar 07, 2012 Brianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in crime, murder mysteries, Native American culture
In high school I was basically obsessed with Tony Hillerman books. Not really sure why, but I was. I tried to read all of his books in my school's library. The only thing I didn't like what I couldn't really figure out the order of the books, and so I read them out of order.
These books are great. They are from a point of view from a cop who is caught between two words: Navajo and white. He treads back and forth between those lines, trying to find a balance while solving murders.
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#5 in the Navajo mysteries, this one featuring only Sgt. Jim Chee, who works for the Navajo Tribal Police. Chee is out on a stakeout, watching a new windmill that has twice been vandalized to try to catch the culprit in the act, when he witnesses a plane crash not far away. It's a small plane, and very shortly after he arrives on the scene, the pilot dies. While he's briefly inspecting the site, he hears a gunshot not far off, and then a car driving away.

The plane ends up being part of a smuggl...more
I found this comforting in that it wasn't a billion pages long and followed the protagonist mostly without introducing one hundred characters. A tale well-spun with intriguing description of the Indian "way", as well as plot line. (I wish I knew more of their basics so that I could be more "in tune".)
I first saw the film with Lou Diamond Phillips in the 1990ies that is still one of my favourites, then I went looking for the books. When I bought some used paperbacks, I found out that this one wasn't the first Navajo Mystery and I had to collect them all!
Even if there are a lot of people who say the film is nothing like the book, I like the atmosphere created in the film, and the content or plot of the book is transferred very well.
I like Hillerman's humour very much and his relaxed style of...more
Pasin Lathouras
I think that "The Dark Wind" by Tony Hillerman was somewhat enjoyfull to read. This is my firs time reading a mystery type of novel. At the beginning of the novel, I thought that this book would be challenging for me to follow because it's a mystery type of novel, and usually there are clues that the reader must catch in order to understand the book completly, but in this case, it wasn't as challenging as I expected it would be, but it wasn't easy as well. It took me some time to understand the...more
I picked this book when I was in middle school for an assignment to read an adult novel. I liked it back then, but of course saw something much different and foggier in my head than when I just re-read it in the present day-- and it is totally fantastic. I haven't yet read all of Hillerman's, but out of the good chunk I have, this is my favorite one yet, and the best written. I remember his very earlier works being really all over the place and kind of crappy in terms of writing, but this was re...more
Jim Chee has three cases on his hands. He is trying to identify a "John Doe", he is trying to find the former employee of one of the local Trading Posts who left with a fair amount of native jewelry, and he is trying to find out who is damaging a windmill - repeatedly.

While he is keeping watch over the windmill one night he hears a plane flying low overhead and soon hears a crash. He is the first on the scene but is soon told that this case belongs to the FBI and the narcotics people. But, Jim,...more
Alan Reynolds
12-9-93. What is this one about? At one level, it is about Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, cocaine, and the Hopi Mesas.

But, there are so many levels! Such good writing! A grand tour of Other Ways and human souls.
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The corpse had been "scalped," its palms and soles removed after death. Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police knows immediately he will have his hands full with this case--a certainty that is supported by the disturbing occurrences to follow. A mysterious nighttime plane crash, a vanishing shipment of cocaine and a bizarre attack on a windmill only intensify Chee's fears. A dark and very ill wind is blowing through the Southwestern desert, a gale driven by Navajo sorcery and white man's...more
I was assigned this book for my english class. I had a hard time getting into it at first but I love the information and descriptions provided on Native American tracking and rituals. The mystery was well written and kept you hanging until the end. Good read.
Think I enjoyed this most for the Hopi and Navajo cultural stuff. I saw the movie version first and really enjoyed it- wonderful atmosphere- so the mystery part was a known. Before the f2f discussion I also read Tony Hillerman: A Critical Companionn and took copious notes which I found helpful in discussing the background and Hillerman's writing style. Don't think I have read more of the series but may one day. I prefer mysteries where you get more than the actual whodunit.
"The Dark Wind" by Tony Hillerman was an enjoyable book to read. This is one my first readings of his books. At the beginning of the novel, I thought that this book would be a good book, and in this case, it wasn't as challenging as I expected it would be, but it wasn't easy as well. It took me some time to understand the murder scenes and the reader needs to concentrate well during each accident scene because they are all connected. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in My...more
I really like Hillerman's books and this was no exception. It had Jim Chee in it but not his mentor (can't remember his name right now.)
Ted L.
A nice easy to read book filled with Navaho culture as well as a significant amount of Hopi culture and lore. Enjoyable to read.
Yvonne Flint
One of the older Jim Chee books that I had missed. Enjoyed following his solving thoughts through the mystery set in a favorite locale.
Pretty good puzzle in this 2nd in the series featuring Navaho policeman Jim Chee as the lead character instead of Captain Leaphorn. Chee is investigating the vandalism of a windmill on Hopi land when he finds himself at the scene of a nighttime plane crash and disappearance of a large quantity of drugs. Chee deftful solves the case while dodging pressures from DEA agents to stay away from the case. I liked better later ones in the series, as they were more satisfying to me in delving more deeply...more
The second Jim Chee book--getting better with more emphasis on thinking through this crimes and on Navajo culture.
Over the years I have read this book three times and enjoyed it every time. I can think of no higher praise.
Marie Fouhey
Not quite as good as the earlier books, but still well worth reading.
Tony Hillerman's work is addictive. Another story about his second Navajo tribal police detective protagonist, Jim Chee, continues his ongoing development of this character and his multidimensional portrayal of the Navajo (and Hopi) cultures of the Four Corners area where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado meet. Chee continues to struggle with feeling torn between his identity as a modern police officer and as a traditional tribal shaman-in-training. Hillerman's love for this area and its p...more
I had thought I had read all of Hillerman's books, but somehow I missed this one. I got it for my birthday. Thankfully, they didn't have Hillerman reading his own work (I have heard a few of those), but the reader, although he may have been familiar with Native Americans, did not know how to pronounce some of the Hopi place names[Shongopavi or Shipaulovi (may have misspelled these:], or even Arizona place names [Mogollon Rim:]. That took a little of the authenticity away. But still a good story,...more
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Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962. Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, wh...more
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