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The Wailing Wind (Book)
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To Officer Bernadette Manuelito, the man curled up on the truck
seat was just another drunk -- which got Bernie in trouble for
mishandling a crime scene -- which got Sergeant Jim Chee in trouble
with the FBI -- which drew Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of
retirement and back into the old "Golden Calf" homicide, a case he
had hoped to forget.Nothing had seemed complicated about that
earlier one. A con game had gone sour. A swindler had tried to sell
wealthy old Wiley Denton the location of one of the West's
multitude of legendary lost gold mines. Denton had shot the
swindler, called the police, confessed the homicide, and done his
short prison time. No mystery there.Except why did the rich man's
bride vanish? The cynics said she was part of the swindle plot.
She'd fled when it failed. But, alas, old Joe Leaphorn was a
romantic. He believed in love, and thus the Golden Calf case still
troubled him. Now, papers found in this new homicide case connect
the victim to Denton and to the mythical Golden Calf Mine. The
first Golden Calf victim had been there just hours before Denton
killed him. And while Denton was killing him, four children
trespassing among the rows of empty bunkers in the long-abandoned
Wingate Ordnance Depot called in an odd report to the police. They
had heard, in the wind wailing around the old buildings, what
sounded like music and the cries of a woman.Bernie Manuelito uses
her knowledge of Navajo country, its tribal traditions, and her
friendship with a famous old medicine man to unravel the first knot
of this puzzle, with Jim Chee putting aside his distaste of the FBI
to help her. But the questions raised by this second Golden Calf
murder aren't answered until Leaphornsolves the puzzle left by the
first one and discovers what the young trespassers heard in the
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