BOOK REVIEW: The Dark Wind – by Tony Hillerman


Title: The Dark Wind
(Navajo Mysteries Series #5)
Author: Tony Hillerman
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
First published: 1982
Finished reading: December 10th 2014
Pages: 290
Rating 3,5

“Then, as he thought it through all the way, through from the east, the south, the west, and the north, and back to the east again, just as his uncle had taught him, he saw that it might help. Everything must have a reason. Nothing was done without a cause.”


It’s not the first time I read a book by Tony Hillerman. I read Hunting Badger last year and I remember enjoying the Native American elements in that novel. The Dark Wind is no exception; the same Native American elements makes this novel stand out from other treasure hunt stories. It is quite easy to understand this story without reading the previous books of the Navajo Mysteries series; I haven’t done so myself and I didn’t feel I was missing important information. The Dark Wind is an entertaining, although sometimes a tad slow read that gives you a glimpse of how things work in the Native American community. And exactly that cultural information makes this novel worth reading.


Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police has been transferred to a new area just as things get complicated. A dead body that shows signs of Navajo sorcery has been found on Hopi land… And as Jim Chee is investigating a chain of strange attacks on a windmill, an airplane crashes close to the crime scene. The crash turns out to be drugs related, and things make a turn for the worse when the shipment of cocaine vanishes without a trace. Chee is convinced everything is connected, but his boss doesn’t want him to get involved in the federal investigation. But they get to him anyway, and soon Chee is not only determined to figure out what really happened, but also trying not to get killed in the process…


The Dark Wind was an interesting read full of cultural references, and these Native American elements made up for most of the flaws. The pace is a bit slow at points and not all scenes and characters are actually believable… But all in all Hillerman managed to write an entertaining novel that is worth reading, especially if you are interested in the Native American culture.

WWW Wednesdays #21 – December 10th


Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

twelveyearsaslaveI’m still reading Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, a story about a free man who was forced into slavery during twelve years. I could have finished this one sooner, but somehow I find it easier to read e-books right now and I have been neglecting this poor paperback. Maybe today or tomorrow I will manage to continue this intriguing story…


  • What did you recently finish reading?

kiera'smoonthedarkwindI finished Kiera’s Moon last weekend and I’m in the process of writing my review. It won’t be a positive one, since I couldn’t enjoy what turned out to be a cheesy romance novel rather than a science fiction story. I’ve also finished The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman today, which I enjoyed better than my last read. An interesting mystery story involving a drug exchange gone wrong… And Navajo chief Chee is trying to figure out what really happened. Review coming soon!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

16139704I’m about to start The Racketeer by John Grisham, a book that I need to fill one of the last squares of the Bookish Bingo challenge. I was going to read another book for the Birds On Cover square, but when I decided to use my TBR cup to choose my first read after completing the Bookish Bingo challenge, this one got selected out of over 80! titles. So I guess it was just ment to be…

Teaser Tuesdays #24 – December 9th: The Dark Wind


TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve been away for the long weekend, but now I’m back! Although I probably won’t be around much during the next weekend either, since I will be painting my home with my hubby… So I guess I won’t be getting a lot of reading done. I’ve started The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman the other day to fill the Native American MC square in the Bookish Bingo challenge, and I’m still reading Twelve Years A Slave as well. I guess I’m finding it easier to read e-books these days, so it will probably take me a while to finish my paperback copy of the story by Solomon Northup. The Dark Wind on the other hand is part of a series I’ve read a book of before, and it is an ok read so far.

thedarkwind“They walked along the narrow strip of shade cast by the almost vertical wall of the wash. Beyond this shadow, the sunlight glittered from the gray-yellow surface of the arroyo bottom. Heat waves shimmered from the flatness and the only sound was boot soles in the sand.”


What are you reading right now?

Hunting Badger – by Tony Hillerman


Title: Hunting Badger
(Navajo Mysteries Series #14)
Author: Tony Hillerman
First published: November 1st 1999
Finished reading: August 12th 2013
Pages: 318

When I started reading this book I realized that I had read it once before already some years ago. Still I decided to continue reading since it’s an easy reading story where Tony Hillerman mixes police business with old Native American traditions. When three men rob a casino, kill some men in the process and then flee the area. A huge man hunt starts. The FBI gets involved, but it’s the Navajo Tribal Police that solves it in the end. Sergeant Chee and retired Leaphorn see where the FBI don’t see, and use old Native American folklore stories to hunt their prey. Stories talk about an Ute called Ironhand, also called badger in shape-shifter stories, who can disappear and appear in the mountains…

It’s an ok story, but in my opinion some characters and parts of the stories lack development. All in all a nice one to read, but definitely not challenging.