A Thief of Time: A Novel - Chapters 4 & 5 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 4, the search for Dr. Friedman-Bernal leads Leaphorn to a religious revival conducted by a colorful evangelist called Slick Nakai. Before going inside the tent where the religious revival is held, Leaphorn looks around the parking area and notices that Officer Jim Chee's personal pickup truck is among the other cars and trucks. Leaphorn knows that Chee must be at the revival on unofficial police business because otherwise Chee would have driven a tribal police vehicle. Leaphorn also knows that Chee is not a participant in the Christian religious meeting because Chee is dedicated to the traditional Navajo ways. In fact, Chee is studying to become a hatathali, a singer of Navajo curing ceremonies. Leaphorn thinks of Chee as "the antithesis of Slick Nakai."

Once inside the tent, Leaphorn is able to speak with Slick Nakai. Leaphorn learns that Nakai knows Dr. Friedman-Bernal well. From time...

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