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  • ISBN 0345379284
  • ISBN13 978-0345379283
  • Language English
  • Author Jake Page
  • Publisher Ballantine Books; 1st edition (March 2, 1993)
  • Pages 246
  • Formats azw txt mobi azw
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory United States
  • Size ePub 1230 kb
  • Size Fb2 1948 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 164

When a major dealer of Native American art is murdered, Bowdre and his girlfriend, Connie Barnes, investigate and uncover, in addition to the murder, a plot to steal Hopi Indian deities. By the author of Hopi. 35,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Whether describing how Mo contemplates a piece of marble as he tries to imagine an eagle sculpture emerging from it, or revealing how ancient Hopi traditions live uneasily among contemporary poverties and desires, Page keeps the story moving while introducing us to an engaging and unfamiliar world. -Paul Skenazy,Washington Post Book World.

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The Stolen Gods - DNF Page, Jack. When an unknown assailant murders the owner of a plush Santa Fe gallery specializing in Native American artifacts, no one mourns his death. Police and FBI agents, however, suspect the man of dealing in stolen items, most recently a group of carved sticks revered by the Hopi Indians.

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Home Jake Yaniak The Rise of the Gods. I stole it back while I was in Ilvas, but I will not lose it again. He could not imagine what had come over him to make him say even that much of his mission aloud. The rise of the gods, . 5. Nonix, apparently not quite asleep, stirred slightly, and raised himself upon one elbow, sternly asking, 'Who are your people? They must be from Sunlan, since the god-hunters do not invade people in Ilvas without the leave of Lord Dalta. My people are a small people; we live very far from here,' Candor answered, lying about the number of his race, but speaking the truth about their distance from Ilvas.

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Mixed feelings about this story. In some ways it's great--some very well-worded paragraphs and moments of internal philosophy (which I as a writer look for), and a good, solid mystery that kept me guessing. However, as far as I'm concerned there's an inexcusable amount of foul language. So one of the characters is a slimy bottom-feeder--does that mean we have to listen to his incessant barrage of F-words? I think not. Beating the reader over the head is a sign of writer's inadequacy. Also, I have quite a background in usage of the Spanish language, and I was completely disgusted by the number of misspelled and misused words. If Mr. Page is as great at research as he is touted to be, why can't he put in a little extra time in making the Hispanic slant of the story sound a little more authentic? All in all, I'm not really sure I will go on to read anything else he has written.
Unlike Tony Hillerman, Page presents a modern detective story based on very genuine Native American issues without pretending to portray the habits and thoughts of Indian police officers.
In so doing, he's come up with a good story.
Page is astute enough to recognize the three of the four distinct cultures of New Mexico -- Native American, Spanish and Anglo (he ignores the Mexicans) -- which co-exist in sometimes uneasy tension but rarely overlap. He is masterful in depicting the pretentious twittery of Santa Fe, mostly an Anglo veneer over the Spanish poverty which existed until the Santa Fe - Taos axis of a "friendly, familiar, foreign and close" culture was discovered by Anglo artists and wealthy tourists after the arrival of the Santa Fe railway in the 1880s.
His story also covers the Hopi Rez, and briefly the Tucson area -- I've lived in this region for 35 years. His descriptions of people and placing are authentic, he offers a charming but unvarnished authenticity. Strangely, he keeps referring to Interstate highways as "Route 40" instead of the more familiar "I-40" -- but, that's a minor quibble. He avoids the "Drunktown" description of Gallup, the self-proclaimed "Indian Capital of the World," calling it the "Degradation Capital of the Indian World" which is well-deserved.
But the emphasis is solving a murder, linked to the theft of sacred Indian icons, by an Anglo law enforcement officer. There are plenty of villains, including an archaeologist, a conniving Spanish woman, a fading member of Santa Fe's cultural elite, a former Bureau of Indian Affairs teacher and an alcoholic Hopi youth. In this plot, he nicely sums up the inter-twined villainy that produces the trade in looted archaeological and religious gems.
In this case, it was Hopi religious items. He could just as easily have written about the theft of ancient Spanish "santos" from abandoned churches; it's not just thousand-year-old items that form this lucrative trade, it's almost anything left unguarded in the vastness of the mostly empty New Mexico rural landscape. There is a bitter truth to the saying that Southwestern ranchers "would steal a hot stove, then come back for the smoke." Santos ? I personally know of an entire abandoned church that was stolen.
Page's villains are the usual range of exploiters and opportunists, and he deals in a straight forward fashion with theft and repatriation of Native American artifacts without getting bogged down in contentious debates or moralizing. It's a real issue, as sensitive to Native Americans as would be the case of a Catholic priest stealing holy objects from Vatican altars to finance his weaknesses and sins.
How real is it ? How about a police officer who alledgedly killed a Native American jewelry buyer and used the proceeds to open a business ? Or an archaeologist "given" a small fortune in ancient pots from various digs ? Proof ? Sometimes, it's almost impossible.
Page's strong point is that he writes from an Anglo point of view, a contrast to Oklahoma native Tony Hillerman who tries to portray Navajo police officers on a personal basis. Hillerman is good, sometimes very good; but, he is loved and hated by Navajos -- loved for the positive attention he brings to the Navajo Nation, hated for his sometimes shallow portrayals of The People.
Some writers are reasonably good at portraying Navajo habits and attitudes; generally speaking, Hillerman doesn't capture some of the more subtle nuances of Navajo humor, opinions and attitudes. Page avoids this weakness with a focus on Anglo characters -- though I take strong issue with his near-worshipful depiction of a dedicated FBI agent (I suppose there must be some somewhere).
All in all, it's an interesting and well-presented book. It deals with a sensitive issue in a realistic manner and neatly wraps up a plausible plot; for Hillerman's treatment of the same topic, read "Talking God" or "A Thief of Time."
I picked up "Stolen Gods" and "Deadly Canyon" off the Plaza in Santa Fe. So intrigued with the "Gods" opening chapters that I bought two other T. Moore Bowdre books: "The Lethal Partner" and "The Knotted Strings" off the Plaza in Old Town in Albuquerque a day later. "Gods" was a quick read with too many characters, I initially thought, but they all came together like pieces of a puzzle at the end (which, of course, a mystery tale is). Chapters which I thought were simply Jake Page's excuse to show off his knowledge of Native American life and the regional geography actually offered clues to the murderer and insight to a character's motivation for his actions. I am looking forward to reading the other three Jake Page/Mo Bowdre books I purchased during my vacation to New Mexico. I often found myself saying as I was reading "I saw that," "I went there." Also, I believe that the Mo Bowdre gallery described in the book could be an actual gallery across the street from the Loretto Chapel - which is home to the mysterious staircase that makes two 360-degree turns, reaches 20 feet to the choir loft and was originally constructed in the late 1800s without a center support nor a single nail. Today's architects and engineers are dumbfounded. Anyhow, the gallery sits on the corner with towering sculptures of bears, eagles, deer and other Southwestern creations.
Offbeat characters, lively dialogue set in Sante Fe with Native American overtones make this a light but fun read.
I have read every word Tony Hillerman has written because he has the ability to develop characters and tell his story without the use of obscene and/or foul language. I am reading "Stolen Gods" for a class on mystery writing and find the subject and plot development to be very interesting, however, the liberal sprinkling of obscenities is so distasteful to me that I am finding it difficult to continue reading. I look forward to other reviews to learn how this book is rated by other readers. Thanks Amazon!