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This one bad day and the ensuing days of investigation bring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee together once again as they uncover the secret of Yells Back Butte, plague fleas, and skinwalkers. As usual, Hilllerman's ear for dialogue is remarkable. One does not read Leaphorn and Chee's words and thoughts as much as hear them. While the book invites new readers (little knowledge of the previous books in the series is presumed), one has the sense of entering an old neighborhood where friends and relations are established and emotions run deep. Jim Chee's pain is vivid as he struggles under the shadow of Leaphorn and questions the "rusty trailer" lifestyle that has driven him apart from Janet. Nothing is contrived in his mixture of fear and elation when he and Janet meet again.
Hillerman has written an engaging novel that once again evokes the land and people of the Southwest while also confronting the cultural separateness of the region from the power centers of the East. Already honored for his previous work (Dance Hall of the Dead received the Edgar), The First Eagle is a welcome addition to the beloved Chee-Leaphorn series that began in 1971 with The Blessing Way. --Patrick O'Kelley
This crime story has terrific and very human characters with whom one easily realates.
Each great story stands alone, but to get the full affect it is best to read all of the (approximately 12) books in this series in order.
Tony Hillerman has once again created a fresh and involving entry in his fine series about the Navajo Tribal Police.
This story is so good that a now deceased Romance Novelist used almost the entire story in one of her books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KCR
First Eagle was an interesting mystery novel ket out in the Southwest and contained customs and myths of two Indian tribes as well as prejudice toward them by some white men. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne Dart
He really brings New Mexico and Arizona to life. The color of the changing sky, the land with swirling dust. The people and the stories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Glenda Singer Stukey
Tony Hillerman novels are my husband's favorite reads. These books on CD are even better!Published 2 months ago by C. Besendorfer