Skinwalkers (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1990
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“Hillerman is unique, and Skinwalkers is one of his best works yet.” -- Los Angeles Times
“Superb and pure pleasure to read.” -- Washington Post Book World
About the Author
TONY HILLERMAN served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and received the Edgar and Grand Master Awards. His other honors include the Center for the American Indian’s Ambassador Award, the Spur Award for Best Western Novel, and the Navajo Tribal Council Special Friend of the Dineh award. A native of Oklahoma, Tony Hillerman lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until his death in 2008.
- Publisher : HarperTorch (March 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061000175
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061000171
- Lexile measure : 820L
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.8 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the book opens reality comes crashing in on Jim as three shotgun blasts tear thru the wall of his trailer shredding the bed that he was in minutes ago until a feral cat he had befriended began acting strangely and woke him up. He has been distracted by the split with his girlfriend who has left town and seems to be doing her best to keep distancing herself from Jim, who is obsessed by the whole affair. On this subject he may be a sap, but he's our sap.
Meanwhile Joe Leaphorn is puzzled by a string of unusual homicides that don't fit the normal rez pattern. His wife is impacted by a debilitating disease that will only get worse until it finally kills her. To say Leaphorn is heartsick hardly does him justice.
Coincidences are allowed in fiction as in real life and wouldn't you know it the two cases gradually converge and Joe Leaphorn might just have to decide that his opinion of Jim Chee as an undisciplined flake was a bit harsh and Chee might decide that Leaphorn isn't quite as much the severe drone as he had thought. Who knows, if they keep this up they may even end up as friends, might take a few more books before they reach that point though.
What isn't in doubt is that you get a full dose of Tony Hillerman's mellow southwest vibe combined with likable characters tied together with solid writing. Of the eighteen Chee/Leaphorn novels that Hillerman wrote before he died in 2008 this is one of the half dozen I continue to reread every few years.
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
Someone tries to kill Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. Gunshots riddle his trailer one dark night. This gets the attention of legendary tribal policeman Lieutenant Leaphorn. Fans of Hillerman's Navajo mysteries (like me) have met both these clever cops in previous books. It's fun to see them start working together, despite some distrust on both sides.
Both Leaphorn and Chee are struggling with personal problems. Leaphorn fears his beloved wife has Alzheimer's. Chee is hoping his white girlfriend will come back from Wisconsin and follow the Navajo way with him. Their personal dramas add depth to the story.
These books always give a fascinating picture of clan relationships. Even the names of the clans are enchanting.
Animal lovers will enjoy Chee's thoughtful relationship with a tourist's abandoned pet – a Manx cat that's hanging around his trailer.
Skinwalkers is a particularly engaging book in the series, because of the exotic and dangerous doings of the witch and the bewitched.
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