Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell

A Navajo Nation Mystery

Thomas Begay is found dead-drunk under the La Plata Bridge ...not unusual for Thomas Begay. What is unusual, is the beautiful BIA investigator Patsy Greyhorse, found lying beside him ...not drunk, or even a Navajo, but very dead nonetheless. Long time friend Charlie Yazzi, fresh from law school, risks his career ...and even his life to help his old schoolmate. The Answer seems to lie with the Yeenaaldiooshii ...should one choose to believe in such things. In the far reaches of the reservation there still are traditional Navajos living their lives with few concessions to modern mores. Guided by their strong sense of cultural heritage these outliers remain a strong anchor for the Navajo Nation. This story follows the lives of such people, caught up in a plot that could have far-reaching implications for the entire tribe. "The depth of character and culture transcends that generally seen in novels of the genre." 

Writer, poet, R. Allen Chappell's work has appeared in magazines, literary and poetry publications, and has been featured on public radio and television.

The author and his wife spend most winters on a small sailboat in Mexico and summers at home in Colorado, where he pursues a lifelong interest in southwestern archaeology/anthropology. Dedicated horsemen and blue-water sailors, the couple are equally at home packing into the back country or sailing offshore. Much of the inspiration for his work comes from a life lived at the edge of the great reservation.


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