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Bad Medicine
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Bad Medicine
Ella Clah Series, Book 3
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When the daughter of Senator Yellowhair is killed in a suspicious car accident, the Senator accuses Ella and the tribe's medical examiner, Dr. Carolyn Roanhorse, of falsifying the autopsy results. An outbreak of meningitis leads to more trouble when many of those who are vaccinated against the illness begin dying from a different, unidentified disease. Riots between Indian and white workers at the Navajo-owned mine stretch the resources of the tribal police even thinner.
Convinced that solving one mystery means solving them all, Ella plunges into her investigations despite threats from all sides and her suspicions that Navajo witches are somehow involved. Ella Clah has sworn to protect her people from all menaces—spiritual or physical—and she's not going to back off now.

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When the daughter of Senator Yellowhair is killed in a suspicious car accident, the Senator accuses Ella and the tribe's medical examiner, Dr. Carolyn Roanhorse, of falsifying the autopsy results. An outbreak of meningitis leads to more trouble when many of those who are vaccinated against the illness begin dying from a different, unidentified disease. Riots between Indian and white workers at the Navajo-owned mine stretch the resources of the tribal police even thinner.
Convinced that solving one mystery means solving them all, Ella plunges into her investigations despite threats from all sides and her suspicions that Navajo witches are somehow involved. Ella Clah has sworn to protect her people from all menaces—spiritual or physical—and she's not going to back off now.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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About the Author-
  • Aimée Thurlo is co-author of the Ella Clah series, the Lee Nez series of Navajo vampire mysteries, and the Sister Agatha novels. Her other works, co-written with her husband, David, include Plant Them Deep, a novel featuring Rose Destea, the mother of Ella Clah, and The Spirit Line, a young adult novel. Aimée, a native of Cuba, lived in the US for many years. She died in 2014.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 3, 1997
    A fatal traffic accident and the murder of a Navajo rights activist seem unrelated, but tribal investigator Ella Clah (introduced in Blackening Song and seen since in Death Walker, 1996) knows better. She connects the murder to racial troubles at the nearby mine where white militants and Navajo workers clash. The "accident" victim was Angelina Yellowhair, daughter of a powerful state senator. The senator blocks Ella's investigation, even disputing the results of the autopsy performed by her friend, Dr. Carolyn Roanhorse, who finds that Angelina was poisoned by jimsonweed disguised in the peyote buttons used by some Native Americans for religious purposes. When Dr. Roanhorse is poisoned (not fatally) in the hospital cafeteria, Ella faces a broad range of suspects who had access to the food, including the cafeteria workers and the medical examiner's young assistant, Howard Lee. Ella begins to receive threatening notes purporting to be from beyond the grave and signed with the name of her dead father-in-law. Getting little help from whites who consider her sympathies to be skewed toward Indians, Ella is also mistrusted by Navajos who are suspicious about her experiences with the FBI and about her work, with Carolyn, with dead bodies. Determined to use modern police methods, Ella also relies on old Indian ways. The crises keep coming--perhaps too many for one story--but Ella and Carolyn prove up to the challenges.

  • Diana Gabaldon on Death Walker

    "Suspenseful and appealing; An intriguing mystery set against--and deeply rooted in--a beautifully described Rez and the people who live there."

  • Tess Gerritsen on Death Walker "A complex and satisfying mystery richly woven with Navajo culture and mysticism."
  • Carolyn Hart "The authors know and love the Navajo world to the great benefit of their readers."
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