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Dyed in the Wool [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Lekas
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dyed in the Wool is a suspense novel set in the southwest and the Navajo Nation. Environmental issues are central, as is the Navajo way of life, and weaving. Subplot involves conflicts between the protagonist, Annie, and her two teen stepsons.

When Annie McLeod's car is rammed and shoved into a ditch in the dead of night, she knows that something criminal is afoot on the Navajo reservation. She and her stepsons are injured in the crash, the latest in a string of problems. First, and experimental testing device showed toxins in the reservation stream water, then Navajo weavers confided they believed something was wrong with their wool.

Scientists solve problems, and Annie, a chemist, is determined to uncover the threats facing the Navajo people. From the analytical lab where she works in Phoenix, to the craggy mountains and remote canyons of the vast reservation, Annie's quest uncovers a deadly business where the stakes keep rising, and not everyone comes out alive.

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About the Author

A prize winner in the 2012 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story contest, Joyce Lekas, a writer of nonfiction for many years, has recently turned her hand to fiction. In her professional career, primarily in Silicon Valley, California, Lekas ghostwrote and published extensively in the business, analytical and electronics press and edited and published several technical books. She retired to the Southwest and now lives in Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988583313
  • Publisher: BJL Books (November 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGB35DM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving..You feel like you're there.. December 7, 2012
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This book is great!!! It's fast moving, interesting and makes you feel like you are right there. There are twists and turns. The story is interesting and modern. And, if you've ever been on the reservation, you'll feel like you are back and if you haven't, you'll know what it feels and looks like through Lekas's eyes. I want more of her books!!! I hope she writes another or a sequel, or something. Fabulous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Want to Visit the Scene of the Crime December 27, 2012
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Most novels fit one genre or another pretty closely: thriller, mystery, etc. While this book belongs in each of those categories, it is, foremost, a well told yarn. The author threads the weft of deceit, perfidy and malice through the supporting warp of people with real lives enmeshed in the tale.

The Navajo southwest provides the backdrop and motivation for the story, as well as a uniquely Navajo ambiance, but the villains could just as easily have been fracking in Pennsylvania, clawing down mountains in Appalachia, or dumping oil in New Orleans. As the story unfolds the protagonists develop as human beings deserving of our concern, and the impinging characters are traced out clearly enough to warrant genuine affection in some cases, and thorough contempt in others.

This is a great airplane book -- hard to put down. It is written with the confident assurance of an experienced storyteller recounting a strange series of events that she might have experienced firsthand. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dyed in the Wool by Joyce Lekas March 2, 2013
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Fans of Tony Hillerman's mysteries will enjoy this story also set on the Navajo reservation, but one very different in tone. Trying to bond with her adolescent stepsons while their father is on a business trip to Uruguay, water chemist Annie McCloud takes them with her on a visit to Canyon de Chelly. On the way, Annie stops to visit a colleague's mother who is a traditional weaver on a Navajo reservation. The weavers have had trouble with the wool from their herds of sheep, and Annie wonders if it might be something in the nearby stream from which the sheep drink. Her own MetalMan water tester has shown high levels of dangerous metals.

Annie and the boys realize two suspicious looking men are watching her. Then, when she and the boys are trying to find a camping spot one evening, she is run off the road into a ditch. A Navajo policeman discovers and takes them to the hospital, but a few days later Annie is kidnapped and abandoned on a lonely mountain road.

The author spins these strands and others into a taut contemporary story, woven as tightly as Two Gray Hills blanket. Even though the reader can guess what is going on, the final resolution of the mystery is very satisfying with no loose ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! March 12, 2013
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I bought this book simply out of curiosity. Who was this murder mystery author and why didn’t she change the spelling of “Dyed” in her murder mystery title to “Died”? Well, I know why, but it’s subtle. First time in 20 years I’ve read a book from the start without putting it down. Ms. Lekas is brilliant and an extremely gifted writer. It’s hard to describe her style. It is thorough and, as such, the reader is slowly brought into the plot. In fact, once in, one is compelled to see how it unfolds! An added bonus is a glimpse into the Navajo Nation of today and the age old art of weaving. Ms. Lekas uses both as tools not only for setting but metaphors for behavior which today’s society has lost touch with. Book has many fascinating characters: two charming children, a “Peter Panesk” hippie mother, biologist step-mom-to-be, Navajo Police Chief, creepy bad guys. Ms. Lekas’ locations take the reader into the Navajo Nation and into jungles abroad. This would make a great family movie! Pat Hubbard
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine but a Bit Undeveloped April 11, 2013
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The setting is very genuine--I've spent time in that part of the Southwest U.S. The characters are very well developed. But, that said, I had issues with a story line which consisted of so many catastrophies in the first couple of chapters! The premise of the principle mystery narrative is good and very realistic, but the other story line about the adoption of the two boys did not quite hold together, and I think that the main mystery could have existed quite well without the second story line or at least without the seeming requirement to bring it to a solution. The story of the absence of Annie's husband was very thin and obviously a device to set Annie on her own in the narrative. The exploration of weaving and its historic significance to the natives was good, but did not really contribute to the narrative as a whole--I think it could have been interwoven more into the story as a literary enhancement, even though it is definitely a minor sub-plot which does not support the main mystery. Overall, a little more development of the story with more attention to the detail of the main premise would have prompted me to award more stars to this book. Compare the storytelling expertise of Louise Penny and Donna Leon: their development of characters, geographical orientation, and narrative engage this reader more completely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and interesting book. March 25, 2013
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I liked the setting and unusual story in this book. I particularly enjoyed the details on the physical surroundings and the fairly in depth look into the southwest Navajo culture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars STELLAR DEBUT NOVEL
Gripping story, wellrounded characters, and the breathtakingly beautiful landscape descriptions all add up to a wonderful first book.Tony Hillerman would be proud.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
I read the reviews of others who read this book, which helped me select it. I was very happy to see the reviews were right on. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrique in a NM setting
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery book! Weaving the NM culture and arts into the mystery & story of the characters made them come alive for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
A book that held my interest during cross country travel. However, as an actual weaver,I found the weaving references rather thin and insubstantial.
Published 16 months ago by Diane K. Mercier
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and interesting!
Pulled up my chair, and stayed right there til i finished it! Great descriptions, and suspenseful-truly enjoyed the storyline! Can't wait to read the next one!
Published 18 months ago by suepen1
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Dyed in the Wool
Great story and very good mystery and nice intrigue. Nice portrayal of the tribal folklore, can't wait for more mysteries with a Navajo reservation theme.
Published 21 months ago by Linda Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Can't put it down" read.
Hooked from the beginning. Wonderful character development within absorbing plot. Great "visuals" of the southwest. Looking forward to more from this author.
Published on February 23, 2013 by Marilyn Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dyed in the wool. Not an ordinary Indian story or any other kind of...
It hooked me on the first page and held my interest with suspese and surprise and until the very end.
Published on February 17, 2013 by William F. Tinney
5.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful, intricate, authentic and full of action
Dyed in the Wool captured my undivided attention! This book is suspenseful, intricate, authentic and full of action. Read more
Published on January 29, 2013 by Luv Mountains
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