The Shaman's Game (Shaman Mysteries) by James D. Doss

By James D. Doss

For tribes of the yankee Southwest, the yearly solar Dance is likely one of the such a lot solemn and sacred of rituals. yet in recent times demise has been an uninvited visitor on the hallowed ceremony. Ute tribal policeman Charlie Moon is questioned. The deceased sunlight Dancers sustained no noticeable, life-ending accidents, so he's reluctant to name it homicide -- although there's definitely not anything "natural" concerning the surprising, inexplicable deaths of 2 robust and fit males. in contrast to her skeptical nephew, notwithstanding, Charlie's aunt, shaman Daisy Perika, trusts the indicators the spirits have despatched her of an exceptional evil of their midst. And Moon's matukach pal, Police leader Scott Parris, believes the obdurate, good-natured Ute lawman may still glance past the rational for solutions. but Charlie Moon is aware too good that hatred, bitterness, and fable are usually in the back of deadly acts -- and he hopes those very human failings will divulge to him a killer. yet now a stunning youth buddy has stepped into harm's method and time is working out. For dying is at the prowl once again -- and it'll definitely darken the solar Dance back.

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In this bad dream, Billy would leave the house like Daddy said, but he’d always turn around to look inside…to see if Mommy was going to get up off the floor. This was when he’d see Daddy put something long and dark into his mouth; like when he smoked one of his big black cigars. And there would be this big booming noise…and he’d wake up screaming. There, there, Gramma Stella would say. Hold on to my THE SHAMAN’S GAME / 23 hand Billy. I’ll sit here with you till you go back to sleep. Now, now, don’t you cry…it was only a dream.

And die. Daisy Perika, who had watched this little drama unfold, sighed. These young people had such complicated lives. But everything would work out all right. This is what she thought. 3 HOME OF THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE IN THE VILLAGE of Towaoc—the center of life on the Ute Mountain reservation—are a variety of neat, modest homes with well-kept yards. Under cottonwood and elm that provide a welcome bit of shade from the July sun, children play with dogs. There are a scattering of small Christian mission churches.

He hoped everybody had noticed that Charlie Moon had spoken to him. It was about to begin… The priest parted the brown curtains and stood before the crowd. Unwelcome cigarettes were hastily concealed by the young toughs; smoke was swallowed with muffled coughing. Girlish giggles were choked up inside. The older parishioners, already weary of sitting in the hard little 26 / JAMES D. DOSS chairs, sighed with open relief. The sooner this thing got started, the sooner it’d be over. Father Raes Delfino folded his hands prayerfully, smiled, and cleared his throat.

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