A nameless murder victim, dispute over who should investigate the crime, a U S Senator, shadow companies, the smell of fraud. Bernadette Manuelito sumbles on a remote ranch and makes the mistake of taking a few snapshots.
Sgt. Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police and the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn seek to identify a nameless corpse found on the reservation. I've read and loved all of Hillerman's msyteries and this is no exception.
THE SINISTER PIG by Tony Hillerman combines all of that you have come to expect from a classic Hillerman mystery. It has it all: murder, intrigue, ominous messages from "The Man," political maneuvering and corruption. And, as usual, it's all set against the sweeping panoramas of the American Southwest.
Chee and Leaphorn are at their very best when a body turns up in their jurisdiction. The pair untangle the deftly woven webs of deceit placed carefully to ensnare the curious while covering up one of the slickest crimes the two have ever encountered. A slick read!
Slow to start, IMHO, but really picked up speed. The main character is Bernie Manuelito, now of Border Patrol. She and Jim Chee, now 200 miles apart, are both conflicted about their feelings for each other. But the drama centers around drug traffic and some really highly-placed individuals who are driving the traffic.
"hillerman blends a clever puzzle, a satifying romance, and the exotic Navajo culture into a highly suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining whole" San Diego Union-Tribune. Another great tale of Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police.