Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9781250027986, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Charlie Henry is the proud new owner of the Three Balls pawnshop, having recently returned Stateside from special-ops work in Iraq. The transition back to normal life seems to be going smoothly for him and his Army buddy and co-owner of the shop, Gordon Sweeney until Gina, Charlie's childhood friend, gets shot in a transaction for information from the previous owner of Three Balls. Gordon rushes to help Gina as she bleeds on the sidewalk, while Charlie roars off on a chase to catch the shooter.
The shooter gets away, and as they dig deeper, they find that the shooting has to do with Howard Baza, the previous owner of the pawnshop, and his rather questionable morals. The Albuquerque Police Department reluctantly lets the two ex-soldiers lend a hand with the investigation. Along the way they get tangled up in gang rivalries and led astray by false identities. They discover that nothing is what it seems, and almost no one is who they appear to be. In "The Pawnbroker" by Aimee and David Thurlo, Charlie and Gordon must use their skills to track down the killer and find out what happened and why.
David Thurlo, is co-author of the Ella Clah series, the Lee Nez series of Navajo vampire mysteries, and the Sister Agatha novels. His other works, co-written with his wife Aimee, include "Plant Them Deep", a novel featuring Rose Destea, the mother of Ella Clah, and "The Spirit Line", a young adult novel.
David was raised on the Navajo Reservation and taught school there until his recent retirement. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico, and often makes appearances at area bookstores.
Praise for David and Aimée Thurlo:
“Aimée and David Thurlo surely deserve to be called the successors to Tony Hillerman.”
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Rizzoli & Isles: Last to Die on Time of Change
“The suspense never lets up . . . another surefire winner.” —Publishers Weekly on Tracking Bear
“The Thurlos are such deft hands at setting and mood that it’s hard not to say ‘ahhhh’ when sinking under the spell of one of their mysteries . . . One of the highlights in an outstanding series.” —Booklist (starred) on Turquoise Girl
“Does anybody understand the Navajo better than the Thurlos? Their keen understanding and attention to detail makes Black Thunder a first-rate mystery.” –RT Book Reviews
“[Black Thunder] should keep readers on their toes until the final pages.” –Booklist
“What really brings the story to life are the characters, who are finely drawn and represent the spectrum of beliefs on the reservation. The mystery is complex, the tension high…” –Mystery Scene on Never-Ending-Snake
“A winning mix of suspense, romance and Navajo Nation lore; a must read for Tony Hillerman fans.” –B. J. Daniels, USA Today bestselling author on Time of Change