Ella Clah is a Special Investigator for the Navajo Police. After finding bodies buried on the Navaho Reservation, she and her team, along with a partner from the New Mexico State Police, set out to find a serial killer.
Ella Clah has a lot to deal with, beyond the case. Her daughter is the age when most kids begin to rebel, her mother doesn’t seem to be her usual self, and Clah’s longtime companion has stronger feelings for her than she does for him. Plus, there’s taking a bullet to keep a little boy from being shot in the head.
I have to say that I guessed the serial killer before the reveal, but that did not hurt my enjoyment of reading the book. I may have guessed the killer, but I didn’t guess the killer’s motivation. Besides, figuring out who dunnit meant much less to me than reading about the Native American culture and people. That, to me, was fascinating. Over the course of the book you learn a lot about the Navajo culture and way of life. The Thurlos wove it into the storyline and ended up making me wish I could go to New Mexico and sit down with Officer Clah, her mother, Detective Nez and Dr. Roanhorse. Or, better yet, be invisible and follow them around.
Characters and setting in a book don’t often come alive for me. They did in Black Thunder.
Barnes and Noble
I give Black Thunder a rating of Hel-of-a-Cast
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: Black Thunder was sent to me by Karen Lovell with Forge Publicity. That did not influence my review. Ella Clah did. She’s a fully realized person walking a thin line between the “modern” world and the traditionalists of the Navajo nation. Like the rest of us, she has more than just her job to deal with. She’s smart, independent, caring, strong, and can shoot a gun. Like me. Okay, like me without the being-able-to-handle-a-gun part. And the strong part. I’d’ve been crying like a baby if someone shot me or even shot at me. Or pointed a gun at me. Clearly, I need to be braver … or read more Ella Clah mysteries.