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By Tony Hillerman

A death guy is murdered. A wealthy man's spouse is of the same opinion to pay 3 thousand cash for the go back of a stolen field of rocks. a sequence of wierd, inexplicable occasions is haunting Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police and drawing him on my own into the undesirable state of the cruel Southwest, the place not anything strong can continue to exist . . . together with Chee. simply because an murderer waits for him there, retaining a thirty-year-old imaginative and prescient that greed has sired and blood has nourished. And just one guy will stroll away.

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Simply the good team. It used to be an remoted position. not often a highway then, and the staff could have lived out on the good, the place no one observed them. after which he stayed away years. perhaps a bit extra. lengthy sufficient for the mineral rent to run out. lengthy adequate to develop a heavy beard. Who knows—maybe he did whatever else to alter his appears. I acknowledged we didn’t be aware of whatever approximately Lebeck, yet we do understand a bit. You get into the paratroops via volunteering. And as soon as he used to be in, he received most sensible for braveness. So i assume he wasn’t petrified of taking probabilities. Or of killing, both. He should have performed loads of it. ” Chee paused, puzzling over it. “I wager he knew he’d have a few extra to do. ” “The humans of Darkness,” Mary stated. “Yeah. He couldn’t expect Dillon Charley forgetting him. ” “You imagine Dillon Charley observed Vines and famous him as Lebeck? ” “Maybe. yet I’ll guess Lebeck didn’t stay up for that to ensue. I’ll wager he went trying to find him. might be he informed Charley the Lord Peyote had given him a imaginative and prescient, too. or even he simply provided him a role, funds, so forth. He’d comprehend Charley wouldn’t inform the sheriff anything—not with the best way Gordo was once harassing him and his church. And in addition to, Charley wasn’t going to stay very lengthy. ” “Lebeck knew Dillon Charley had melanoma? ” “Lebeck knew Charley used to be going to have cancer,” Chee corrected. “That black rock, it needs to be pitch-blende. while the oil good bit drilled via it, Lebeck famous pitchblende, and that’s the most popular type of ordinary uranium deposit. He didn’t positioned it at the log, yet he stored a section of the middle to check and confirm. after which he stored it simply because he kept mementos, and this one used to be going to alter his existence. perhaps he already knew it was once going to be worthy to him. ” “You’re wasting me,” Mary stated. “How are you aware it’s pitchblende? I by no means heard of it. How have you learnt lots approximately it? ” “Out right here every body is prospecting part the time,” Chee acknowledged. “You know about minerals, and more often than not you find out about uranium-bearing minerals. I must have considered it ahead of. i believe if we get a mineralogist to examine these rock samples and people mole amulets, we’re going to discover they’re radioactive. Vines gave Charley the mole figuring out he might hold it in his drugs pouch—hanging from his waist less than his garments correct opposed to the groin. ” “Dillon Charley, and Tsossie, and Begay, and Sam, and all of them,” Mary acknowledged. She shivered back. “He didn’t omit much,” Chee stated. “I imagine Dillon Charley should have been the 1st to die, and Vines acquired the physique and buried it, simply in case an post-mortem might convey anything. yet Navajos don’t have a lot curiosity in our bodies, and the experts don’t have a lot curiosity in lifeless Navajos, and folks bought scattered out, so after Dillon Charley it wasn’t well worth the difficulty, i assume. It gave the impression of he might give up caring. every person on that paintings workforce who had ever obvious him as Lebeck was once useless, or quickly will be. not anything to fret approximately for years. ” “Not until eventually Emerson Charley will get cancer,” Mary Landon stated. “I imagine that’s right,” Chee acknowledged.

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