Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is back in this mystery from America's legendary crime writer Tony Hillerman. Since his retirement from the Navajo Tribal Police, Joe Leaphorn has occasionally been enticed to return to work by his former colleagues, who seek his help in solving a particularly puzzling crime. They ask because Leaphorn, aided by Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, always delivers. But this time the problem is with one of his own cases - his 'last case', unsolved, and one that continues to haunt him. The original case ...
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is back in this mystery from America's legendary crime writer Tony Hillerman. Since his retirement from the Navajo Tribal Police, Joe Leaphorn has occasionally been enticed to return to work by his former colleagues, who seek his help in solving a particularly puzzling crime. They ask because Leaphorn, aided by Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, always delivers. But this time the problem is with one of his own cases - his 'last case', unsolved, and one that continues to haunt him. The original case involved a priceless Navajo rug that went missing. Now, years later, Leaphorn is picking up the threads of a crime he'd thought impossible to solve. "New York Times" bestselling author, Tony Hillerman is on top form in this atmospheric and riveting novel, set amid the rugged beauty of his beloved Southwest.
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Lt Leaphorns body has retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, but his mind is still acting like the detective he is. A rug, woven on the "long walk", and now very valuable, and thought burned in a fire suddenly shows up in a magazine. Can an ex- CIA agent, an arsonist, a serial killer, a poisoner, a man on the FBI's most wanted list all be the same man? If so, he probable is a shape shifter. Lt Leaphorn plans to find out, if he doesn't get killed first.
Apr 10, 2008
Leaphorn and Chee in Navajo Mystery
Tony Hillerman isn't just writing about mystery. He's also educating the outside world about Native American culture: Namely, Navajo. Both retired Lt Joe Leaphorn and newly married Sgt Jim Chee have solved intricate mystery after mystery that occurs on and/or around the Navajo Reservation. This time, we not only join Lt Leaphorn, but Sgt Bernie (Chee) Manuelito as they delve into the puzzle about a burned hand-woven Navajo rug, but what about that dead man they are trying to get a lead on....is he a witch? Can he shift shapes and maybe outwit even the legendary Leaphorn? Is that helpful curator really a friend? Or maybe he's a murderer.....and just how does that old case from when Leaphorn was a new Navajo officer fit into this apparently new puzzle?
The only way to solve this mystery for yourself is to settle in with our Navajo friends, as seen through the eyes of Hillerman, and to follow this wonderfuly rich cultural mystery. Join Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito (the new Mrs. Chee) for an adventure among the mountains and magic of the Navajo people and legends. And remember: Walk in Beauty!
Apr 25, 2007
Excellent Tony Hillerman
Excellent book. If you like Tony Hillerman books you will like this one. I thought it was one of his best.
Apr 1, 2007
once more with feeling
Tony Hillerman has done it again. He has once more, improbably, topped himself. I am but a humble reader, but I recognize greatness, and Tony Hillerman is , in my opinion, one of the masters of fiction. He has been gracious enough to select a genre (Navaho Mysteries) that was seldom , if ever, written about so fascinatingly as Mr Hillerman has done , once again in this book, as with all his other efforts. The latest Hillerman Mystery is as good as a child's Christmas. Bravo!!!
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