Cave of Bones

Cave of Bones

Book - 2018
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When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they're concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062391926
Characteristics: 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 22, 2018

Another wonderfully written and engaging tale in the Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and Joe Leaphorn saga. The change of focus to the world of Bernie continues, and it adds depth to our insight of the Navajo culture. Bernie is called to the lava flows and lava tubes and is forced to deal with the desecrated burial of two ancient people, and perhaps draws a chindi into her investigation.
Anne Hillerman's side characters are very interesting and they all seem suspicious--they might not be the murderer but they are all up to something illegal. Jim and Bernie just need a little help from Joe to sort out what.


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