- Series: Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch (March 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061000175
- ISBN-13: 978-0061000171
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 151 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Skinwalkers (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1990
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Vibrant with the spirit of the Navajo people of the Southwest, Hillerman's new story is a spellbinder, like his Edgar Winner Dance Hall of the Dead and other praised novels. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the tribal police work together here, trying to solve crimes that resist logic. There are no clues to three homicides or to the attempted murder of Chee. Leaphorn thinks a "skinwalker," or witch, could have attacked the victims, all adherents of shamanism, as they are otherwise unrelated. The skinwalkers represent a schism between witchcraft and the traditional Navajo Way. A second attempt on Chee bolsters Leaphorn's suspicion since Chee is an aspiring shaman. The story gathers momentum and tension as the partners get closer to the moment when the murderer comes into the open, and the tragic reason for the crimes becomes painfully clear. 30,000 first printing; BOMC alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
“Superb and pure pleasure to read.” (Washington Post Book World)
“Hillerman is unique, and Skinwalkers is one of his best works yet.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Choice reading for plot, characters, and superb setting—don’t miss Skinwalkers.” (Chicago Tribune)
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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.
In "Skinwalkers," Hillerman brings together a couple of his Tribal Police characters, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, in an (at first) uneasy collaboration, triggered when Chee is awakened one night by buckshot ripping through the sheet metal skin of his trailer. Doncha just hate it when that happens? Chee certainly did, and knew right away that he would have to call in some backup in solving a mystery in which his own life was at stake. It happens that Jim Chee is studying to be a shaman, a magical song-singer, and both men come to believe that the attempts on his life are somehow related to Native American witchcraft traditions. Their path to the unraveling of the mystery is a tortured and dangerous one, and to follow them in it is to find yourself spiritually immersed in a very real, but very different, world. Hillerman writes with both a wonderful facility about his style and a wonderful authenticity about his subject matter, a surefire combination for a delightful read.