The Dark Wind (Mass Market)

By Tony Hillerman

HarperTorch, 9780061000034, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 1990

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (12/31/2015)
Mass Market (10/25/2011)
Paperback (1/29/2019)
CD-Audio, Abridged (4/5/2005)

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The fifth novel featuring Leaphorn and Chee by New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman, now reissued in the Premium Plus format.

The corpse had been “scalped,” its palms and soles removed after death. Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police knows immediately he will have his hands full with this case, a certainty that is supported by the disturbing occurrences to follow. A mysterious nighttime plane crash, a vanishing shipment of cocaine, and a bizarre attack on a windmill only intensify Chee’s fears. A dark and very ill wind is blowing through the Southwestern desert, a gale driven by Navajo sorcery and white man’s greed. And it will sweep away everything unless Chee can somehow change the weather.

About the Author

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

Praise For The Dark Wind

“A book to read with pleasure.”
Colorado Springs Sun

“Background, characters, story—all first rate.”
Amarillo Texas News

“Hillerman’s best book in an already strong series.”
New Republic

“Tony Hillerman continues to teach and delight.”
NC Citizen Times

“Hillerman is first-rate ....Fresh, original, and highly suspenseful.”
— Los Angeles Times