Aimée and David Thurlo

"Death Walker, an Ella Clah Mystery"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark AUG 30, 1998)

Death Walker by Aimee and David ThurloTony Hillerman step aside! Here's another Tribal detective story, but I think it covers the Navajo belief system a little more thoroughly.  After reading Death Walker, I feel I understand more of what a Skinwalker is and what it is not.  Mind you, this is still written in the style of a mystery novel, so don't expect it to be too deep.

The main character, Special Investigator, Ella Clah, left the Reservation for a number of years and returned when some Skinwalkers were threatening her family (this happened in the previous book, but there is enough reference in this book to know this).  Now her people are faced with what appears to be a "Skinwalker wannabe" who is killing all of the teachers of Navaho traditions.  She balances between the special forces that her people believe in and her skills that she learned as an FBI agent.  

The Thurlos do a good job reinforcing the Dineh thinking throughout the book.  The advantage that this couple have is that David grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock and Aimée is from Havana Cuba, thus they both have a non-Anglo background. I believe this helps lend credibility to the characters and events.  I would like to read their other books that are not part of this series to see if they mix magical realism (see Latin American section) into their southwest novels. I also look forward to reading more books in this series!

  • Amazon reader rating: from 3 reviews

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Ella Clah Series

Lee Nez Series

Sister Agatha Series


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Aimee and David ThurloAimee and David Thurlo have been married for over thirty years and writing together for nearly as long. Aimée is a native of Havana, Cuba.  David grew upon the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. They write articles as well as novels (many Harlequin Intrigue and romances which appear under Aimée's name and pseudonyms).  They live in Corrales, New Mexico. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014