By M. C. Beaton
Unique ebook: 1988
The such a lot hated guy within the such a lot dour city in Scotland is dozing with the fishes, or-more accurately-dumped right into a tank jam-packed with crustaceans. All that stay of the murdered sufferer are his bones. yet after the lobsters are shipped off to Britain's most sensible eating places, the full affair fast lands at the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth. Exiled together with his puppy, Towser, to the dreary outpost of Cnothan, Macbeth sorely misses his liked Lochdubh, his previously loved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, and his days of doing not anything yet observing the sheep grazing in a close-by croft. Now the lawman has to take care of a detective leader inspector who wishes the modus operandi hushed up, a dark-haired lass who has an ulterior rationale to seduce him, and a killer who has made mincemeat of his victim-and surely will strike back . . .
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And if he couldn't get it done there, then he'd have to go to Shalako over at Zuñi and then he'd be home. " Cecil didn't answer. Leaphorn glanced at him. The boy's eyes were wet. "No," Cecil said. " -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Chapter Ten Wednesday, December 3, 10 AM. JOE LEAPHORN was having trouble concentrating. It seemed to him that a single homicide (as the death of Cata) could be thought of as a unit—as something in which an act of violence contained beginning and end, cause and result.
The Dinee made a harder demand—that man find his place in the harmony of things. There, too, Shorty Bowlegs had failed. Outside the hogan, Leaphorn snapped off the carryall headlights and began a search in gradually widening circles. He worked slowly, conscious that the killer—unlikely as it seemed—might still be near. He looked for tracks—human, horse, or vehicle—using his flashlight sparingly in places where they might be preserved from the wind. He found nothing very conclusive. His own van's tires showed up in several places where the gusts had not erased them, but no other vehicle had apparently come near the hogan recently.
Leaphorn turned off the ignition but not the lights. He was relieved. Bowlegs was not only awake, but sober enough to be standing in the doorway, curious about his visitor. Leaphorn shook out a cigarette, lit it, and waited. Navajo custom and good manners required the wait. The tradition had been born in the old days so that the ghosts which swarmed the reservation and followed travelers would wander impatiently away and not follow the guest into the host's hogan. Today it survived as much out of the respect for privacy of a scattered rural people as from the waning threat of the chindi.