Newly retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is bored stiff until he receives a message from an old friend that rears questions about one of Leaphorns early cold cases. An old Navajo weaving, infamous because of its rejection of much of the Navajo Way, that was thought to have been destroyed years ago in a fire that killed one of the FBI's most wanted has suddenly resurfaced. When Leaphorn's friend dissappears Leaphorn begins to probe in earnest, and the case leads him from robberies all the way back to the Vietnam War. The narration is clear and compelling, and the main characters figure out puzzles at the same rate as the reader. This is one of Hillerman’s better Leaphorn books.