I have been eagerly, and somewhat impatiently, awaiting this latest installment on the lives of Chee and Leaphorn-- as I am sure all Hillerman fans have. Well, unlike so much else in life, this book does not disappoint!! Everything that I love about these books is included, and better than ever: the beautiful scenery that is almost like another character, the liberal dose of Navajo culture, the tension between the traditionals and the city folks, the subtleties of personal relationships, main characters that feel like old friends, the good and bad in all of us. And a great mystery plot on top of all that. I only have one thing to ask of the talented Mr. Hillerman in the future: Please, please, PLEASE give us a continuing female character that is sympathetic!! I am so tired of these shallow, materialistic women like Mary and Janet. Can't you give us one woman we can care about as much as Joe and Jim? To paraphrase a phrase from old western movies, in Hillerman's ! books it seems that the only good woman is a dead woman (Emma). But whatever else you do, Mr. Hillerman, please give us more Navajo Tribal Police mysteries!!