By Tony Hillerman
Human bones lie on a ledge lower than the height of send Rock mountain, the continues to be of a homicide sufferer undisturbed for greater than a decade. 300 miles around the Navajo reservation, a innocuous previous canyon advisor is felled by means of a sniper's bullet. Joe Leaphorn, lately retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, believes the shooter and the skeleton are by some means attached and remembers a chilling puzzle he was once formerly not able to resolve. yet performing Lieutenant Jim Chee is just too busy to take an curiosity in a dusty chilly case ... until eventually the reborn violence of it hits a lot too with regards to domestic.
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Twenty thousand dollars, he had decided. They would make a counteroffer. Perhaps two thousand. Two weeks pay in advance. He would drop finally to, say, ten thousand. They would counter. And finally he would establish how important this affair was to Shaw. “Twenty thousand dollars,” Leaphorn said. McDermott had snorted, said, “Be serious. We can’t—” But George Shaw had reached into his inside coat pocket and extracted a checkbook and a pen. “From what I’ve heard about you we won’t need to lawyer this,” he said.
Far to the north in Colorado, the Roman nose shape of Sleeping Ute Mountain dominated, and west of that was the always-changing pattern of lights and shadows that marked the edge of Utah’s canyon country. But look eastward, and all of this was overpowered by the dark monolith of the Rock with Wings towering over the rolling grassland. Only five or six million years old, the geologists said, but in Chee’s mythology it had been there since God created time or, depending on the version one preferred, had flown in fairly recently carrying the first Navajo clans down from the north.
She had applied for them first, and Chee wanted to give her some reason (beyond her total lack of seniority) why she didn’t get it—thereby avoiding friction in the department. Thus Chee had parked where Begayaye could see him instead of hiding his patrol car behind the day school sign in hope of nabbing a speeder. But now Chee wasn’t thinking of vacation schedules. He was thinking of the date he had tonight with Janet Pete, back from whatever law business had taken her to Washington. Janet shared an apartment at Gallup with Louise Guard, another of the DNA lawyers.