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* DwindlingParty: The expedition starts out with a single digit crew and is whittled down one at a time by extenuating circumstances.


''Thunderhead'' is a novel by [[AgentPendergast Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child]], first published in 1999.

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''Thunderhead'' is a novel by [[AgentPendergast [[Literature/AgentPendergast Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child]], first published in 1999.





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* ChekhovsLecture: [[spoiler: Nora explains to Smithback how to hear a flash flood coming in the canyons]].

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* ChekhovsLecture: ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Nora explains to Smithback how to hear a flash flood coming in the canyons]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never do find out the fate of poor Thurber.

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* ActionGirl: Sloane pilots, rock climbs, rides horses, and has decent skill with a firearm. And these are just the things she actually does in the story. It's mentioned or implied that she does a ''ton'' more such activities at the insistence of her high standard father. Nora doesn't do too bad herself.


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* WellDoneSonGuy: A female version in Sloane. It haunts her that she never seems to live up to her father's expectations of her.

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* VigilanteExecution: Beyoozadin recounts how his family hunted down the skinwalker who killed his grandfather and cursed him. They shot the man in his sleep so they didn't give him any chance to cast further spells or try to escape. He mentions that it "took a great many bullets."

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* PerfectPoison: Corpse Powder [[spoiler: loaded with the Valley Fever fungus in a concentrated amount that can kill within hours of infection.]]

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* MotiveRant: [[spoiler: Sloane goes on a long rant about how Nora ''forced'' her to kill her because she had the nerve to be the leader of the expedition instead of herself.]]


* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: After the flash flood fails to kill Nora, Sloane resolves to shoot her and Smithback and throw the in to the waters so people will think they died in the flood anyway.]]

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: After the flash flood fails to kill Nora, Sloane resolves to shoot her and Smithback and throw the in to them into the waters so people will think they died in the flood anyway.]]

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: After the flash flood fails to kill Nora, Sloane resolves to shoot her and Smithback and throw the in to the waters so people will think they died in the flood anyway.]]

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler: Sloane decides the best way to stay in Quivira is to ''kill'' Nora in a flash flood. When she finds out Nora and Smithback survived, she immediately decides the only recourse is to shoot them and throw them into the flood waters. All so she could be credited with the discovery herself.]]

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* GraveRobbing: The skinwalkers rob graves to strip corpses of their magical parts.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Swire shares his poem to Huricane Deck with Nora, he specifically notes that the last stanza doesn't fit. It refers to the magnificent free spirit of a horse being retired to carrying tourists around dude ranches. [[spoiler: The horse's true fate lay at the bottom of a ravine.]]

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* ExpositionVictim: [[spoiler: Nora almost lets herself become one. She confronts Sloane and lays out exactly what she's done and what's going to happen to her when they get back to society. She only notices Sloane reach for her gun and realizes she's made a terrible mistake with seconds to spare.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Swire shares his poem to Huricane Hurricane Deck with Nora, he specifically notes that the last stanza doesn't fit. It refers to the magnificent free spirit of a horse being retired to carrying tourists around dude ranches. [[spoiler: The horse's true fate lay at the bottom of a ravine.]]

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* TheCavalryArrivesLate: [[spoiler: A big show of Skip and Goddard mounting their rescue expedition is made. We never even ''see'' their actual arrival out in the wilderness. Beyoozadin saves Smithback and Nora from the final skinwalker after Nora has dispatched the first one herself.]]

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