Search Results: "Anne Hillerman"


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SPIDER WOMAN'S DAUGHTER by Anne Hillerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"With big shoes to fill, Hillerman does her best to copy the style of her father Tony's beloved series (The Shape Shifter, 2006, etc.), maintaining the integrity of Navajo culture throughout. Fans will spot the guilty party a mile off."
A daughter takes on her famous father's legacy in resuming a series focused on Navajo culture. Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE LION by Anne Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that will reward long-term readers."
Tribal divisions cause tensions that result in a car bomb—or is the motive something closer to home? Read full book review >

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THE SINISTER PIG by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Hillerman Lite, with little mystery about who killed Carl Mankin, or, unless you think Hillerman's gotten a lot less warmhearted, about what's going to happen to imperiled Bernie Manuelito."
Though you might expect them to have their hands full with rumors of war, Washington powerbrokers seem obsessed these days with whatever's happening in the big-sky New Mexico territory Hillerman's long since branded as his own (The Wailing Wind, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WAILING WIND by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2002

"Top-notch detective work by all hands, a solution fully worthy of the puzzle, and all the hard-won wisdom on cultural clashes between Navajos and whites you'd expect from Hillerman (Hunting Badger, 2000, etc.)."
Two years ago, wealthy oil-lease magnate Wiley Denton confessed to shooting Marvin McKay dead—a con man, he testified, whose offer of a partnership in the lost Golden Calf goldmine backfired when he tried to leave Denton's place with the $50,000 down payment in lieu of any legal agreement—pleaded self-defense, and served his time. Read full book review >

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DANCE HALL OF THE DEAD by Tony Hillerman
Released: Oct. 10, 1973

"Not too seriously — the story's not the thing — it's Hillerman's anything but wooden Indians and the way in which he informs their way of life with affection and dignity."

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LISTENING WOMAN by Tony Hillerman
Released: April 19, 1978

"With enough action (Joe survives a fife ordeal) and last-second twists to grab those uninterested in the topnotch atmosphere, Hillman's overdue return (five years since Dance Hall of the Dead) should draw murmurs of contentment from all sides."
Like so many other mystery men these days, the splendid Mr. Hillerman has allowed his detective, Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Police, to get tangled up with terrorists: a Boy Scout troop is held hostage by a fringe Indian-rights gang whose leader is a madman out for revenge and personal gain. Read full book review >

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THE SHAPE SHIFTER by Tony Hillerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 23, 2006

"Not much mystery this time, and Sgt. Jim Chee and his bride Bernadette Manuelito ('now it's Chee') are mostly kept offstage. But Hillerman's warmth is undiminished as he follows a dogged old cop who burns up gasoline by driving all over Arizona because he can't bear to sit at home."
Lt. Joe Leaphorn, who can't seem to stay retired, investigates a case that takes him back to his earliest days with the Navajo Tribal Police. Read full book review >

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SKELETON MAN by Tony Hillerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"No mystery this time, but considerable suspense in the race to bottom of one of the most spectacular and treacherous landscapes Hillerman's ever explored."
A brain-damaged Hopi holds the key to a fortune in diamonds, and even bigger stakes, in this treasure hunt. Read full book review >

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SKINWALKERS by Tony Hillerman
Released: Jan. 1, 1986

"Haunting backgrounds, quietly disturbing incidents, tautly orchestrated tensions: another indelible Navajo-world imprint from the author of The Ghostway and People of Darkness."
When fictional sleuths from different series join forces, the effect is usually shallow and gimmicky—as in the many recent collaborations of Bill Pronzini, for instance. Read full book review >

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THE DARK WIND by Tony Hillerman
Released: April 7, 1982

"A few nice twists, with Hillerman's moodily fine prose in full Southwest regalia; but this time the darkness is murky almost as often as it's chilling—in the slowest, most relentlessly introspective case yet for the Navajo Tribal Police."
Strongly atmospheric but far less suspenseful than People of Darkness, this second case for Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police (who's also an apprentice Navajo chanter/shaman) moves into the neighboring Hopi culture on the joint Southwest reservation—as Chee ponders possible connections among a quartet of simultaneous cases. Read full book review >

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THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman
Released: March 11, 1970

"Authentic anthropological details; the self-effacing courage of McKee; and a particularly exciting entrapment in the canyons of this no white man's land make this an unqualified success."
Bergen McKee, a professor and "monster slayer" of Navajo witches and wolves, finds he has more real ores to contend with in the deaths of "no good for anything" Luis Horseman and of a colleague. . . . Read full book review >

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A THIEF OF TIME by Tony Hillerman
Released: July 1, 1988

"Slightly less absorbing than the best Hillermans, but darkly atmospheric and ultimately powerful—with (as usual) effective contrasts among the theological beliefs of rationalist Leaphorn, mystical Chee, and other Navajos."
Hillerman's two Navajo Tribal Police heroes—middle-aged Lieut. Read full book review >