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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
Tony Hillerman was one of my father’s favorite authors and an upcoming trip to New Mexico finally pulled me into reading one of the novels. I chose this one at random. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Eric Lee Smith
Tony Hillerman has a great understanding of Native Americans and is a superb story teller!Published 1 month ago by Andy
Hillerman is a true conveyor of the culture of the Southwest and particularly of the Navajo nation.This book holds one to rapt attention while readilng and dismay when the story is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jackson Butterworth
Tony Hillerman not only tells a good story, he also gives a lesson on the Native AmericansPublished 1 month ago by anon
This book was as good as all.the other books written by Tony Hillerman. It has all the mystery of his other books.Published 1 month ago by Cookie
These books of Tony Hillerman's remind me of my respect for the Navajo people. He has a great understanding of the culture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sar