When two young boys disappear, one of them leaving a pool of blood behind, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police finds himself not only tracking a ruthless and brutal killer but caught up in the intricate mysteries of the Zuni religion as well. For the dead boy was to have played a key role in an important ritual of the Zuni people. ...Read MoreWhen two young boys disappear, one of them leaving a pool of blood behind, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police finds himself not only tracking a ruthless and brutal killer but caught up in the intricate mysteries of the Zuni religion as well. For the dead boy was to have played a key role in an important ritual of the Zuni people. An added complication in the investigation and search is the missing boys' interest in an archeological dig that seems to be on the brink of proving a controversial theory. And the FBI's blind certainty that it's all related to a small hippy commune's drug dealing doesn't exactly help either. Leaphorn patiently tracks the murderer into the desert to a terrifying confrontation...Read Less
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I bought this book for a friend. She had borrowed and read it from the library. She HAD to have it for her own library and is enthusiastically rereading it.
Feb 6, 2009
children are killed in this mystery
Dance hall of the dead is the name of a sacred lake in Zuni religion, and this book is steeped in Zuni mythology. A killer, wearing a Kachina mask, hippies living in a deserted Navajo hogan, an anthropologist trying to prove a new theory about a people that disappeared thousands of years ago, the FBI looking for a narcotic drop, and Lt Leaphorn, who turns out to be an excellent tracker are all part of this entangled web that Hillerman has woven. It will keep your interest, I promise. There was too much smoke for me to figure it out.
Oct 30, 2008
Tony paints the picture of NM and AZ and leads the reader on an adventure. "The Dance Hall Of The Dead" is another in the series that is suspenseful and keeps the reader's interest up to the last page.
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