Throughout the book, many detectives were given false information that loud attempt to point them in the wrong direction. The next important character of this book is the twelve year old Gun boy that was murdered. His name is Ernest ACTA, who was a very important child to the Badger Clan, who all thought he would grow up to be a natural leader in the community. Ernest was selected by his community for the honor of being the Little Fire God at the Shalom festival. Ernest was apparently open minded, and the least prejudice person of all the Gun community.
Next important people are the Bowlegs family. There is the father Shorts Bowlegs, the youngest brother Cecil Bowlegs, and finally the other of the rooters George Bowlegs. According to Loophole, Shorts was a major alcoholic. Loophole also said he seemed to be a loving father, but his alcohol deterred often deterred most of his great actions. He eventually was killed during sometime in the book. Cecil Bowlegs according to Loophole was a very young but brave Navajo boy that he misinterpreted to being George Bowlegs, Cell’s brother.
Cecil was a very cautious person when it came to anyone who worked for the authorities, which made it a really hard challenge for Loophole to get information about the case. Throughout the book, Loophole had to essentially lie to Cecil to try ND gain his trust. Cecil caught on to his tactics, which lead to him having to apologize for lying to the boy and lead to him treating him with much more respect. After Cell’s father died he truly entrusted himself in Loophole. George Bowlegs is best known as Reenter’s best friend who was a Navajo.
George seems to be growing up with a tough life, knowing that his mother ran away and his father being a raging alcoholic. To further this problematic situation, George is attending a Gun school where is suffering from very discriminatory actions from his fellow students. George was seen as a role del for Cecil. George was hunting for food for both his brother and father, and became a successful hunter Of both styles Of the Gun and the Navajo. The next character of importance is the man who Lieutenant Loophole determined through his investigation that murdered Shorts Bowlegs, George Bowlegs, and Ernest ACTA His name is DRP.
Reynolds. Loophole has uncovered through his investigations that DRP. Reynolds was a well-known anthropologist that had planted fake arrowheads at an archeological dig site that he was supposedly funding for his upcoming protog, Ted Isaacs. With hat being said, Loophole believes this the reason why DRP. Reynolds killed Ernest, George, and Shorts, to prevent anyone from finding out the truth behind what he had done. The last important person to the story is the Gun Chief of Police De Piquant. When Loophole is dead certain that DRP.
Reynolds was the killer, he went right to the chief. De then doesn’t even make an attempt to arrest DRP. Reynolds. Coincidentally this leads Loophole to tell the Gun of the murder of Ernest ACTA, George Bowlegs, and Shorts Bowlegs. This is when the Gun found DRP. Reynolds, and killed him for killing one of their own, Ernest ACTA. In the beginning of the book, we learn of who Ernest ACTA was and how he ended up being murdered. Ernest was a young boy that was selected by his people, the Gun, to be the Qualities, also known as the little fire god, at the festival of Shalom.
Then the writer goes on to explain that the fire god must be in shape, if he isn’t Gun people would beat him with their wands. We also meet George here, we find out that he wanted to know the secrets of the Gun people and this tended to make Ernest angry. Then one night that Ernest running along one of his routes, he thought George would be waiting for him, UT to his dismay it was an ancestor spirit that only one sees when they are about to die. Finally we get to meet the Lieutenant that is going to be investigating the murder of Ernest ACTA.
His name is Lieutenant Joe Loophole who is a Navajo Dine policeman. One of the first things that Loophole did was he went to try and investigate Reenter’s best friend George. But in return this is when he ended up meeting Cecil, George’s younger brother, who was a Navajo also. Loophole then tries to get some answers our of Cecil, but Cecil is very skeptical of law enforcement figures, especially since he thinks that he s trying to find his brother George who they may think killed Ernest. Cecil tends to think otherwise from Loophole’s investigation.
Loophole then goes to where Cecil has pointed out that Ernest and George had stolen some artifacts from, which took him to an archeological dig site. He meets Ted Isaacs and DRP. Reynolds, the two who want to prove DRP. Reynolds theory that some Folsom men have artistic arrowhead styles that were credited to other such cultures in a form of error. After he hears about the theory, Loophole then asks about if he has seen Ernest and George. DRP. Reynolds then tells Loophole that he had chased the two boys out of his dig site so that they wouldn’t destroy or tamper with anything.
Loophole asked if they had stolen anything and he claimed that they did not, which doesn’t add up to what Cecil had told him before he went to the dig. A couple days after the death of Ernest Cater authorities have determined that it was indeed a homicide, Ernest was murdered. Loophole then started to investigate where he was murdered. While he was there, Loophole had used his excellent tracking skills and discovered the many tracks he found. He found Reenter’s uncles, who found Ernest, the chief of police’s, George’s boots, and finally an unknown track made from a moccasin.
According to one of the details Loophole found, it is to his understanding that the killer and Ernest had a stare down before he was eventually murdered. Then to finalize his investigation, he doesn’t think that George killed Ernest. Loophole then reflected back on what his grandfather Instabilities had taught him. He told him that ‘the only goal for man was beauty, and that beauty was found only in harmony, and that this harmony of nature was a matter of dazzling complexity. His grandfather told him that all patterns are caused by action and reaction and by cause and effect.
The term he told him was “in all things a pattern, and in this pattern, the beauty of harmony. Thus one learned to live with evil, by understanding it, by reading its cause. Thus one learned, gradually and methodically, if one Was lucky, to always ‘go in beauty,’ to always look for the pattern, and to find it. ” All of these terms led Loophole to think back on the evidence that he had and try to connect someone with what happened to Ernest. Near the middle of the book, Loophole went back to interview Shorts Bowlegs. When he went inside, he was trying to remember what he was wearing and how he was acting.
When Loophole opened the door, the only thing he saw was Shorts lying face down with a knife wound to his back. This is also when he noticed that two horses had been missing, but one returned and Cecil had arrived back to the Hogan. The other he assumed was missing from George taking it to wherever he may be hiding. The only thing left for Loophole to do is to start interrogating the students that George went to school with to see if he can find his whereabouts. Looking back on all the information Loophole has, he now has a double minced, and the only person that may truly know what is going on is missing.
He reflects that he doesn’t think that George is the killer because of the mysterious moccasins he seen at the scene of the murder of Ernest. If it were the case of George, he would have had to switch shoes which didn’t really make sense to Loophole. The only key part of this investigation is he needs to either find George the murderer, or George the future victim of a double homicide. About three-fourths the way through the book, Loophole finally has a lead from Father Mingles that makes him believe he has headed to the Dance Hall of he Dead.
Amazingly on the way he finds Susanne hitchhiking down the road, which he uses to his advantage because he knows George, would talk to her if they were to find him. After they arrive Loophole uses his excellent tracking skills to find the horse tracks from the missing horse at the Bowlegs Hogan, which he ends up finding. Then after he found the tracks, he knew that George was an excellent hunter and that he needed food, so Loophole was to track the nearest deer tracks and hopefully those will lead to Georges hopeful location.
Finally near the end of the book, Loophole was at the festival, trying to let people know that he has given up looking for George. Just as he was about to call it quits, he sees George standing on a balcony across from him. Loophole obviously went into pursuit to try and catch him, but by the time he got to the alley he saw George go in, he heard a loud shot. When he found George, he was dead, and all he seen was his body and a feather from a Colombia mask. He then followed the tracks from the killer, and saw two moccasin tracks had captured the killer and this is when he realized that the investigation was all over.
Loophole never told Maloney who the killer was, but thought maybe nee day he will send him a note explaining who the killer was. This was a very interesting and very well illustrated and detailed book. I am not one to read books but I am glad you assigned these to us. Was surprised to See that the killer wasn’t George to say the least. He lasted how long out on the run from a professional tracker and from a man who wanted to make sure he wouldn’t unfold his fake important dig. It was also very intriguing to see it was DRP. Reynolds, and how they incorporated him into the story.
It all revolved around the Gun/Navajo ways and it showed me a lot about how hey all will do anything for their own culture. The only thing I thing that made it difficult for police to help solve a case is when they don’t give any details or the will to work with the police. For example, Cecil would not help Loophole because he worked for the police and he was even a fellow Navajo. I also see this being an issue anywhere around us today. You have those who still own land and they cherish that within their community. They have their own ways of policing and don t really let others interfere with anything on their land.