Hunting Badger (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee, Bk 8)
Hunting Badger - Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee, Bk 8 Author:Tony Hillerman Three armed men raid the Ute tribe's gambling casino, and then disappear in the maze of canyons on the Utah-Arizona border. The FBI takes over the investigation, and agents swarm in with helicopters and high-tech equipment. Making an explosive situation even hotter, these experts devise a theory of the crime that makes a wounded deputy sheriff a... more » suspect -- a development that brings in Tribal Police Sergeant Jim Chee and his longtime colleague, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn to help.
Chee finds a fatal flaw in the federal theory and Leaphorn sees an intriguing pattern connecting this crime with the exploits of a legendary Ute hero bandit. Balancing politics, outsiders, and missing armed fugitives, Leaphorn and Chee soon find themselves caught in the most perplexing -- and deadly -- crime hunt of their lives....« less
I haven't been as big a fan of Tony Hillerman since Skinwalkers. I think he's lost the feeling of being in the desert, his knack for tight desciption, and lately his mysteries have been dull and preachy. I still read him hoping he'll get back to his old style, and this one is encouraging. I still don't get the feeling of being there, the way I used to, but I liked his characters better and the plot was strictly good guys vs. bad guys.