The Ghostway (1984)

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The Navajo "Big Reservation" is a land of snakeweed and buffalo grass, a searing wind that blasts sand against your face, and a wilderness of desolate mountains and canyons that offer the perfect hiding places. When the Federal Witness Protection Program sends a felon there without informing the Tribal Police, it touches off a chain of treachery and killings. The crime is the business of the FBI, not the Navajos, but the Feds lack the knowledge of Jim Chee in understanding the clues : a ghost infected hogan, a corpse buried with its hair unwashed, a sacred bundle left where it would not be left.

The routine search for a missing Navajo girl snares Chee onto the edge of a puzzle whose only clue is a message which seems to have no sender, and no meaning. It is a puzzle that leads him across the American West to the forbidden underside of Los Angeles, and to a curing ceremonial where the cure may be death.

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