The “Leaphorn & Chee” novels offer a plethora of stories, characters and moments with great television potential, and “Dark Winds” is not touted as a direct adaptation of a book. While the title hints at the possibility that the series borrows more specifically from the 1982 novel “The Dark Wind,” the fifth in the series, the official plot description suggests otherwise.
Described as “a psychological thriller that follows two Navajo cops, Leephorn and Chee, through the 1970s Southwest as their search for clues in a grisly double murder case forces them to question their own spiritual beliefs and accepting the trauma of their past, “” Dark Winds “seems to have common ground with Hillerman’s 1993 novel” Sacred Clowns, “which also centers on a double murder. The characters of Emmerich and Wilson, meanwhile, appear to be original creations – and we’re especially curious about the evolution of Whitover’s role in the story, because “a cheeky robbery puts him back in the deep end.” and urges him to seek Leaphorn to help.
For now, AMC is keeping its cards close to its chest when it comes to the plot, which makes sense, this is a crime thriller. But the excitement of the cast and crew, and the presence of a 100% Native American writers’ room, are reason enough to believe that wherever the show goes, it will be interesting.