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Sacred Clowns by Tony Hillerman
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it was amazing

Another Navajo-Hopi murder mystery unfolds under Hillerman's pen featuring the team work of Joe Leaphorn and Detective Jim Chee of the Navajo Police. They team up with Cowboy, a Hopi law enforcement officer, to solve a murder that revolves around the Tano Kachina spirit ceremony.

As usual, Jim Chee is actually assigned on what he considers a nuisance case, looking for Delmar Kanitewa, a missing teen. But the case turns into a challenging first-rate mystery. Chee spots Kanitewa at the Kachina ceremony, and while trying to get to him through the crowd, he comes upon the murder.

The murder victim is a Sacred Clown. Myth and culture of the intersecting Native cultures of New Mexico come to life in this rich tale. The rich background cultures come through as major players in the mystery.

The interaction of the different tribes enriches the tapestry of the story and provides insight in to the cultural distinctiveness of each Native people. Gil Silverbird's superb vocal dramatization is spot on as expected!
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November 1, 2010 – Finished Reading
December 27, 2014 – Shelved

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Carmen Great review.

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