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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (January 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060535709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060535704
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,179,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Location figures powerfully in Hillerman's newest novel, but it isn't the Southwest of his Navajo mysteries (Sacred Clowns, etc.), nor is this a Joe Leaphorn story. In April 1975, Moon Mathias, managing editor of a small-town Colorado newspaper, begins a redemptive journey that takes him first to Manila and then across the South China Sea to Cambodia, just as Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge begin their reign of terror. Moon's brother Ricky, owner of a helicopter transportation service based in Cambodia, has recently died in a jungle crash. Their mother receives word that Ricky's baby daughter is being smuggled out of Vietnam to the Philippines. After his mother has a heart attack in the Manila airport, Moon takes over her mission, but the child does not arrive. Finding and contacting Ricky's acquaintances, Moon fights time, political exigencies and his ignorance of his brother's life as he tries doggedly to locate his niece. The effort involves an appealing cast, including a wealthy Chinese man seeking his ancestors' bones, a Dutch woman searching for her missionary brother and Vietnamese refugees, who join Moon on a suspenseful, albeit not quite credible, journey to a series of villages along the Mekong River. In the end, as the title suggests, Moon finds more than he'd known was lost. Hillerman's mastery of setting and his compassionate, patient characterization are fully present in this tale, which is otherwise somewhat formulaic. 350,000 first printing; $300,000 ad/promo; HarperAudio.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Beginning with The Blessing Way (LJ 5/15/70), Hillerman has contrasted the contemporary cultures of Southwestern Native Americans with the dominant U.S. culture, creating best-selling mysteries in the process. Finding Moon is a dramatic departure, but it contains similar cultural contrasts. Set mostly in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1975, it is the tale of Moon Mathias, self-described third-rate editor of a third-rate Colorado newspaper who, when his younger brother dies in Southeast Asia, discovers that there is a baby daughter missing somewhere in Vietnam. Reluctantly drawn into a search for the child, Moon is thereby drawn into a search for his own values. He leads a motley group of culturally varied misfits in his quest. With its vivid characters and a strong sense of place, trademarks of Hillerman mysteries, this tale will likely receive a strong reception in libraries everywhere.
--Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tony Hillerman was the former president of the Mystery Writers of America and received its Edgar® and Grand Master awards. His other honors include the Center for the American Indian's Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for the best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award. He lived with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kchadwic@island.net on June 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
I forced myself to read this book after I had exhausted the supply of Hillerman's Navajo mysteries. I was completely caught up in Moon Matthias' search for his niece and for himself. Mr. Hillerman subtly blended suspense with his usual attention to characters' integrity and his obvious respect for varied religious traditions. I was very satisfied with this story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tony Hillerman has definitely given us his best change-up pitch with Finding Moon. We are not on the reservation. In fact, we travel back in time to the Vietnamese war as one simple man attempts to carry out his Mother's search for the missing niece of her dead, other son.
The story recounts twenty-seven days, with a few skipped. Each one leads off with a quote from the news of the time about Vietnam. The story ends on May 2, 1975. The last press quote begins: "Saigon, South Vietnam, April 29 (UPI)- A helicopter shuttle service began evacuating Americans from the roof of the U.S. Embassy today while marine guards kept thousands of desperate Vietnamese from breaking through the gates."
Moon has to meet many tough challenges, learn a lot about what he is really made of, and completes the hero's journey in fine fashion. You can see that there is also an element of the Phoenix rising from the ashes, as Moon seeks to preserve life at a time when life is very precarious as the South Vietnamese government falls.
You will seldom find an adventure-based mystery that is as rich in characterization and heart-warming plot as this one.
There are a lot of asides in the book about the Vietnam war, bureaucratic stalls in particular, and the nature of families that are worth the trip with Moon, as well.
It may take you a few pages to get over looking for the Navajo reservation in this novel, but soon you'll never miss it. You'll have an irresistible experience in the process!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Orris on December 9, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just started reading Tony Hillerman and was really enjoying his Indian characters. When I saw a different venue it was exciting, and I couldn't wait to read it.
Well, it was interesting but not up to what I was used to from this author. The Story was good but not deep enough, you are always waitng for something to happen. No excitment. Moon was a boring character and could have been written with a little more depth.
Please stick with the characters you work with best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2011
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There are interviews with author Tony Hillerman which indicate that, as a writer, he may have felt a little trapped on the Navajo Reservation. He was certainly grateful for the success of the Leaphorn / Chee books, not the least because those books serve a cultural education role, both on and off the Reservation. But his interests ranged wider than Navajo country he loved and described so well.

By the way, I love those books. Like the Arthur Upton books that Hillerman read growing up in Oklahoma, both the dramatic landscape and the people who live therein are essential characters in the Leaphorn / Chee books. Plotting, characterization, and wry good humor are also strengths of those books.

In Finding Moon, Hillerman leverages his success to force his way off the reservation. I'm glad he did. In fact, as I read this book the first time, I found myself irritated that Hillerman offers his "apologies for wandering away from our beloved Navajo canyon country." There is nothing in this book for which he needed to apologize.

One of the unenthusiastic reviews of the book here on Amazon calls the character Malcolm 'Moon' Mathias "boring". A couple of others lament the "lack of action". I respect these opinions, but do not understand them. Admittedly, a lot of what I like about this book is the interior action. Walking with Moon Mathias is interesting, and even deeply moving at times. He is plunged into an overwhelming set of circumstances that forces him to learn who he really is and ultimately to embrace that reality. So, for example, I don't mind at all the long walks he takes and the long talks he has with a Filipino priest. These are essential to the drama, and I would argue ARE the drama, and are good drama.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By calmello@alum.calberkeley.org on December 26, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
I fell in love with Hillerman because of his Chee/Leaphorn novels but I now count Finding Moon as one of Hillerman's best. The plot is interesting, it is well written and evocative, but the best aspect of this novel is the fact that a plain, ordinary man, discovers the extraoridanary individual inside of himself. This book is haunting, uplifting, and powerful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Sibley VINE VOICE on October 18, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Moon Mathias's younger brother died in South Vietnam in a helicopter crash. It seemed that his brother Ricky had a daughter. Arrangements were made to send the child from Vietnam to the Philippines. Moon's mother has traveled from Florida to California enroute to the Philippines when she has a heart attack at the airport. Moon is a journalist, the managing editor of a newspaper in Colorado, and as Ricky's only sibling he is called upon to journey in his mother's stead to the Far East.
Arriving in Manila Moon learns that the child has not arrived and that things are heating up in Vietnam and Cambodia. In his meeting with the lawyer little is gained. In Manila a woman with a Dutch name finds him. She seeks him out under the impression that he plans to take over his brother's business and would be in a position to help her find her brother, a Lutheran missionary. Eventually Moon, the woman, and a Chinese man seeking the ashes of an ancestor travel to the vicinity of the child's mother's village and amazingly find the child and learn in convincing fashion of the death of the brother. Moon then decides to travel with the child to the United States and to return to Manila in order to be with the woman and to run his brother's business.
What has been created in this excellent work is a sort of coming of age story of a middle-aged person. The past has been put to rest and the future beckons. The adventure aspects of the tale are very exciting.
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