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Hunting Badger Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Hillerman returns to his time-tested heroes, Navajo tribal police officers Sergeant Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (retired), for yet another satisfying mystery. For a listener, comfort comes with familiarity: the vivid sense of time and place conveyed. This is thanks in part to Guidall's reading, relaxed in its pacing yet sharp in its character development (demonstrating, once again, why he's considered to be among the best in the spoken-audio field). Based in part on a real 1998 case, the story concerns the armed robbery of a casino on the Ute reservation. The suspects have disappeared, and Chee has to see if he can find a local link to the crime. This involves lots of legwork, talking to local characters holed up in their remote trailer homes. Here Hillerman is in top form, creating dialogue that will bring listeners into real sympathy with the people and proceedings described. Also good on audio is Hillerman's strict sense of linear narrative, his respect for straight-ahead storytelling. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Navajo tribal police officers Joe Leaphorn (ret.) and Jim Chee are united again, this time in an effort to catch heavily armed right-wing militiamen who robbed an Indian casino and who may or may not be involved in a previous mishandled manhunt. Navajo and Ute myths and history are successfully woven into a modern mystery. Insights into Leaphorn's and Chee's personalities are unveiled against the backdrop of the scenic Southwest's beauty, other interesting characters, and peeks into Navajo life. The tale, which is well-read by George Guidall, also contains plenty of action and surprises, along with dynamic central characters struggling to live in the modern world without sacrificing their culture. Recommended.
-Denise A. Garofalo, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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My experience reading this book testifies to the fact that one probably shouldn't enter into a fiction series at book 14. I felt the characters were a little thin, and that may well be due to the fact that most people reading the book had already come to know the nuances of Chee and Leaphorn a few times over.
I found this story entertaining. I was in for a light read, something quick enough, not work. This delivered. I recommend it if you enjoy good guys looking for bad guys, and not a lot of violence and unnecessary blood or vulgarity. It was refreshing in that way.
My hat is off to Mr. Hillerman. An American war hero of my mother's generation. Thank you for your service. Thank you for writing about Native American culture.
"The little hatch Chee had cut into the bottom of the trailer door clattered behind him on its rubber hinges, which meant his cat was making an unusually early visit. That told Chee that a coyote was close enough to make Cat nervous...."
Chee doesn't have a cat. He sent that cat off to his first ex-girlfriend in the great white north sometime about 10 years ago (book time). He did that because he figured the bilagaana cat couldn't become Navajo enough to survive, and as a traditional Navajo, he couldn't change the cat's nature to protect it. So, not only does Chee not have a cat. He never would. And even if he did have a cat, it certainly wouldn't be "HIS" cat and he certainly wouldn't have presumed to name it "Cat."
Second, there are several places where Hillerman seems to forget that he just told us something and tells it to us again. The most obvious of these is someplace after the middle of the book where Leaphorn and Chee are discussing coal mines. After a big discussion on this, they go their merry ways just to have a similar discussion the next day. This isn't just some side discussion. It's central to what they're doing.
And finally (and most troubling) is the ending itself: one of the bad guys is still on the loose. This violates everything these books stand for. In every single book up to this point, every single person has gotten exactly what he deserved. To leave a bad guy hanging around loose is not a good thing. So, I'm sorry to say that I can only rate the book at an OK 3 stars out of 5 and note that I'm starting to worry about the series.
Hillerman's "Leaphorn & Chee" novels are:
1. The Blessing Way
2. Dance Hall of the Dead
3. Listening Woman
4. People of Darkness
5. The Dark Wind
6. The Ghostway (Jim Chee Novels)
8. A Thief of Time
9. Talking God
10. Coyote Waits
11. Sacred Clowns: Novel, A
12. The Fallen Man
13. The First Eagle
14. Hunting Badger
15. The Wailing Wind
16. The Sinister Pig
17. Skeleton Man
18. The Shape Shifter