- Series: Jim Chee Novels
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch (December 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006109918X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061099182
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Talking God (Jim Chee Novels) Paperback – Abridged, December 1, 1990
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“Suddenly now Hillerman has become a national literary and cultural sensation . . . it does not take too much to determine why Hillerman has become so popular. He is a solid, down-to-earth storyteller.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Woven as tightly as a Navajo blanket.” (Newsweek)
“For the many enthusiastic fans of Tony Hillerman’s previous mystery novels, including A Thief of Time, only one thing needs to be said: Talking God is the best one yet!” (USA Today)
About the Author
Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.
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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
They both look very much out of place in a city where all the men are in three-piece suits.
In New Mexico, the reader observes an elaborate healing ceremony invoking the Talking God, maternal grandfather of all the Navajo gods. In DC, there are some fun scenes in The Museum of Natural History, particularly in the endless and spooky corridors where the museum stores old bones and artifacts in locked bins.
There's plenty of action with knives, guns and explosives. But most interesting is the clever brainwork of a Leaphorn and Chee.
The cast of characters includes an angry little redheaded hit man who loves his mother, a gang of Chilean terrorists, FBI agents, a wise old woman who's been a Navajo tribal leader and a vicious old lady in a nursing home.
The Leaphorn and Chee mysteries just keep getting better. I'm loving this series.
Tony Hillerman wrote his last book several years ago, but his daughter Anne seems likely to follow in his footsteps. Her first book, Spider Woman's Daughter, is a worthy first step in continuing the traditions her father created.
I first encountered the Hillerman books in the late eighties and early nineties in my local lobrary. Due to physical problems that made me legally blind but I have recently searched out the Leaphorn/Chee series on my Kindle and am happily reading these wonderful novels again.
These books are wonderful vignettes of southwestern native american life rife with the deprivations of the reservation life but bright with the spirits of it's characters and their struggles to achieve harmony with the modern world of law enforcement and homicide investigation. they are unique and I strongly encourage any mystery reqder who has a fondness for the southwest and it's peculiar ambiance to pick up one of these books... you will be hooked immediately! They are just THAT good!!!