BOOK REVIEW: SKELETON MAN
Billy Tuve, a member of the Hopi tribe, is arrested for trying to sell a $20,000 diamond for $20. Billy has been known not to be very bright. Where did Billy get this diamond?
This case brings former Navajo Tribal Police Lt. Joe Lephorn out of retirement to help investigate what appears to be a trading post robbery. Billy is the cousin of an old friend, Sgt. Jim Chee. Billy needs a lot of help and they all get together to try and prove his innocence.
This, however, is not as easy as it looks. In order to prove Billy's innocence they have to find the remains of one of 172 people whose bodies were scattered over the cliffs of the Grand Canyon fifty years ago. It seems that one of the passengers had an attaché case filled with diamonds - one of these diamonds happen to be in Billy's hands right now.
Things get more complicated when the daughter of the dead diamond dealer is also looking for his body. Then someone is also out to make sure she doesn't succeed.
Are Joe Lephorn and his colleagues able to help prove Billy's innocence?
If you are a Tony Hillerman fan, this book is a must read. It is somewhat different then most of his police procedurals but still a very entertaining read. The author does a good job of blending the Indian culture into the story. This is a story of greed and a real page turner that takes the reader on a wild ride. Be sure to add this one to your reading list.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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