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"Dance Hall of the Dead" has stuck in my mind for many years as among the best of Tony Hillerman. The Audible edition confirms and expands that in the following ways: 1) this book features an intricate and exciting mystery plot; 2) the reader/listener learns a great deal about the Zuni and Navajo cultures and the differences between them; 3) there's a never-to-be-forgotten lesson about differing priorities; and 4) George Guidall makes every adventure even better!
Two boys - one Navajo, one Zuni - are in great danger, and Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo police sets out to discover why. The tale involves an archaeological dig, Zuni Kachina gods, and 3 contrasting cultures, among other features of life in the desert. Leaphorn, in his search, learns more about Zuni customs and the ways of the ancient peoples of the American Southwest - and, thus, so do we.
Some reviewers have remarked that Hillerman's books are a bit slow. But, that's much of the point, really. Joe Leaphorn demonstrates strength, wisdom, and especially the value of patience and silence in understanding the deeds men commit. He's an unforgettable character - worthy of George Guidall!
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I liked the main character and I love the narrator. But the story was hard to follow. Like it wasn't fully fleshed out or something. I don't know enough about creative writing to put my finger on it, but I do know that I disengaged frequently throughout the story and suddenly it was over. Gonna have to go back to Don Winslow for a while. Or maybe CJ Box will have something new and edgy.