Modern mysteries reflect the complexity of contemporary life. Led by a local scholar, this reading and discussion series features five novels that help us discover clues to who we are. This month, we will be reading Dance Hall of the Dead
by Tony Hillerman. Two Native-American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young Zuñi. But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig and the unique laws and sacred religious rites of the Zuñi people. These may be impassable roadblocks in Leaphorn's already twisted path, enabling a craven murderer to elude justice or, worse still, to kill again. If you'd like to borrow a copy of the book from the library, ask when you register or click here
. Meet interesting people and join in thoughtful dialogue led by experts in the field. The library furnishes the books, the discussion leaders, the refreshments and the meeting room. You supply your interest and your time. Registration for the series is required and can be done online, by telephone or in person at any library location. Call the library at 483-7727 ext. 202, text “ccplinfo,” or e-mail us for more information.
This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of Cumberland County Public Library.