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Enemy Way (Ella Clah #4)

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Former FBI agent Ella Clah is now a Special Investigator with the native police force.  Her brother, Clifford, a medicine man, says that her investigative skills are gifts from the spirits who guard and guide the Navajo, but Ella insists it's her FBI training that has honed her instincts. The Navajo are in turmoil.  The tribal police are spread thin throughout the vast res ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Forge Books (first published September 1st 1998)
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Nancy Wilson
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series finally clicked with me--not sure if it was me or the writer but I dashed through this book. If any reservation cops have days that are half as long as Ella Clah's I pity. But the story itself moved quickly and managed to keep a whole lot of different strings unknotted!
Helen Beesley
I seriously thought this book would never end. I need to say that it is a series, and I have not read the previous books, nor do I plan to. While I found the Native American information fascinating, there wasn't enough of an early explanation of things for me to fully grasp it. Also there were multiple plot lines going and it all ended with a more supernatural feel to it. Some things were not explained, while other things were explained a zillion times.
Linda K. Melzer
Enjoyable but not their best.

I like Ella Clah and I love reading Navajo novel. This novel seemed to have too many entities and I had difficulty following the various storylines. It won't stop me from reading more of their novels and I can recommend the Thurlo books.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The evil ones - Navajo witches bent on destroying Ella Clah's family and causing chaos among the Dineh - resurface in Enemy Way. Ella's mother, Rose Destea, is badly injured in an auto accident, teen gangs clash and the fiance of Ella's good friend Joe Wilson is murdered. All three incidents are linked, though the links are not easy to uncover. Surprising details about Joe's fiance surface as Ella and her cousin and police colleague, Justine, uncover signs of the family's enemies at work. The ge ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another excellent installment to this series. Love how action packed this one was. Although it does bring up the question about how the characters will be able to keep up if every book has numerous crimes in it; as this is just book #4 out of 16 written (so far). It seems as if they are always on the move and really have no time to themselves. Of course that might just be the way things are for police detectives in real life. I don't personally know any in that field of law enforcement, so I ...more
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Native American mysteries
Recommended to Cameron by: Bookmooch
Ella Clah is a terrific character. If you like Tony Hillerman's books, you'll enjoy this series. Ella Clah is a Najaho policewoman working on the reservation, in this book, there are gang problems on the reservation, there have been a series of burglaries and now one that turned into murder when a teacher forgets her grade book and comes home unexepectedley to her home being robbed, then Ella's mother is hit by a drunk driver, a tribal lawyer who has had multiple DUI's but has gotten off and if ...more
Bj Hoover
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ella-clah-series
I first read this in 2000, and just finished it again. Fortunately, (or unfortunately) my memory isn't what it used to be, and I can reread books and not remember enough to spoil the plot! It's possible for me to reenter the world and experience it all over again. I truly enjoy the Thurlo's writing and their depiction of the Navajo culture. Enemy Way is the 4th Ella Clah mystery and each one is great.
Sep 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first "Ella Clah". I love Hillerman so this was an adjustment and I tried hard not to judge. It was good but I didn't understand much (again) of the personal relationships. A few more hints would have been nice and not to much of a drag for the educated Ella fans.
Jeff Dickison
This book was just too mystical for this Anglo. I do not believe in Magic or Ghostwalkers so I found it just kind of silly overall. I have read other books in this series that are not quite so intuned to the Indian mystics and they are far better. I do like the writing style of the Thurlos.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good plot, very bad proofreading
Another good story that combines real world (gang violence) and Navajo magic. I wish the author would put in the pronunciation of the Navajo words.
Ray York
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ella Clah does it again

Another enjoyable read with a good set of characters. I'm looking forward to the next book to see if the list of will expand beyond "Skin walkers".
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ella Clah and this whole series, altho' it wouldn't be bad for her to get a love interest that lasted at some point--she is a great Native American and the mysteries are very good
Ruth Ellen
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great read. i love this series.
A good fun read, a bit too much formula.
Michael  Starsheen
Another great entry in this series

I gave this book five stars because it has great suspense and is a good read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the mysteries of the Southwest.
Toesnorth's mom
stupid and boring
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books keep getting better and better.
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Aimee and David Thurlo are the authors of the Ella Clah mysteries, the Sister Agatha mysteries, the Lee Nez vampire novels all set in New Mexico. David grew up on the Navajo Indian Nation, and Aimee, a native of Cuba, lived in the southwest for forty years.

Aimée passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of February 28, 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer and related complications. She
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