by Tony Hillerman, was published as a hardcover in 1978 by Harper & Row.
The edition that caught my eye is the mass market paperback published by Avon.
The cover art has an appealing desert feel, which is appropriate to the novel’s
setting. And who can resist a a helicopter and bundles of greenbacks? The
artist: Unknown (to me at least)
The first sentence:
The southwest wind picked up turbulence
around the San Francisco Peaks, howled across the emptiness of the Moenkopi
plateau, and made a thousand strange sounds in windows of the old Hopi villages
at Shongopovi and Second Mesa.