By Ramona Emerson,

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Longlisted for the National Book Award

This blood-chilling debut set in New Mexico’s Navajo Nation is equal parts gripping crime thriller, supernatural horror, and poignant portrayal of coming of age on the reservation.

Rita Todacheene is a forensic photographer working for the Albuquerque police force. Her excellent photography skills have…

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1 author picked Shutter as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I’ve always admired the beauty of New Mexico, but my pictures don’t do it justice. From the abandoned shacks and hogans to the scenic views of the Navaho reservation, and the dusty streets of Albuquerque, Ramona Emerson has captured in prose the light and weight of a great paranormal mystery. Forensic photographer Rita Todacheene sees ghosts but they’re less dangerous than cartels and bad cops. Learning more about Navaho culture and Rita’s close ties to it is a huge plus.

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