Black Thunder

An Ella Clah Novel

Ella Clah (Volume 16)

Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo

Forge Books

A construction crew found the first body. The cops found three more, in a cluster that lay on both sides of the border of the Navajo Reservation.

Because some of the bodies were buried outside the Rez, Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah and her team must work a delicate joint investigation with the New Mexico police. Identifying the dead isn’t easy—some had been buried for years—and at first the cases look to be nothing but dead ends. Then one of the bodies turns out to be that of a missing man who was believed to have embezzled funds from his construction firm and suspicions focus on the man’s partner.

With no obvious links between any of the corpses and the anniversary of their deaths fast approaching, Ella feels frustrated by the investigation’s lack of progress. Unless they can find what connects these victims, someone else may soon be killed. Ella’s ability to concentrate is battered by worries about her teenage daughter, who has been skipping school, and her mother, who is cooking up a storm, a sure sign that trouble is brewing in the household.

Black Thunder, an Ella Clah novel, is a police procedural mystery that should appeal to all readers.

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Tribal Police Investigator Ella Clah stood next to her department’s cruiser, a dusty, white SUV that had more miles on it than a Two Grey Hills sheepdog. As she stood beneath the shade of the Quick Mart station’s island, watching the dollar amount shoot past fifty as the pump fed regular into the tank, her second cousin and partner, Justine Goodluck, was busy cleaning the windshield.
“It’s been so quiet lately,” Justine said. “I hate slow days. I’d rather be up to my ears in an investigation than catching up with paperwork. It’s


Praise for Black Thunder

Praise for Earthway:

“Clah is always good company, on and off the reservation.”
--The New York Times Book Review

“An unusually tense mystery.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“A well-paced story built around the timely and dangerous effect international politics can have on the lives of every-day people.”
--The Denver Post

“Ella is compelling as a highly skilled officer of the law dealing with modern vs. traditionalist issues on the reservation.”
--RT Book Reviews

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  • Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo

  • Aimée and David Thurlo have written more than fifteen Ella Clah novels, in addition to numerous romantic suspense novels and other mysteries. David was raised on the Navajo Reservation and taught school there for many years. Aimée was born in Cuba. The Thurlos live in Corrales, New Mexico.

  • Aimée Thurlo


Available Formats and Book Details

Black Thunder

An Ella Clah Novel

Ella Clah

Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo



Forge Books