Coyote Waits (Navajo Mysteries, #10)
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Coyote Waits (Navajo Mysteries #10)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  5,032 ratings  ·  118 reviews
The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, a bullet did. Officer Jim Chee's good friend Del lies dead, and a whiskey-soaked Navajo shaman is found with the murder weapon. The old man is Ashie Pinot. He's quickly arrested for homicide and defended by a woman Chee could either love or loath. But when Pinto won't utter a word of confession or denial, Lt. Jo...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 15th 1992 by Turtleback Books (first published 1990)
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Apr 23, 2008 Maurean rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maurean by: bookring
As I stated before, this is my second installment of the Jim Chee series, and I have come away with the same mixed feelings I had on the first go-around.

While I found the Navajo lore to be very interesting and informative, and Mr. Hillerman's characters are very well-developed and entertaining, my disappointments lie in the mysteries these tales are based around. The mystery seems to take a backseat to the lives and setting of the characters involved. I would prefer a bit more intrigue in the w...more
If you love mysteries set in the Southwest, you'll enjoy the great Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mysteries series. We're introduced to Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and FBI agent Joe Leaphorn. These two men are embarked on the same wild case of a death of a Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, which is nothing what it seemed to be. From breath-taking Arizonan landscape to majestic New Mexican scenery, he painted a picturesque scene with various and eclectic characters. He takes us on a wild ride on this mys...more
Laura Cowan
I don't love everything about the Jim Chee mysteries, something about the way the characters think things through seems contrived or told rather than shown sometimes, but everything else is genre perfection. I'll keep reading these as a nice interlude to all the heavy stuff I plow through researching my novels. Nice vacation reads, and I love the tie-ins with Navajo mysticism, as mysticism is a favorite topic, particularly of indigenous traditions in North America and Asia.
I’m in love. Stole this book out of my husband’s old books and found a new obsession. The late Tony Hillerman wrote a series of mysteries starring Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn of the New Mexico Navajo tribal police. In this, one of Hillerman’s later books, an officer is shot and burned up in his car on a deserted road. Chee comes along, tries unsuccessfully to save him, and finds an old man walking down the road with a bottle of whiskey and a pistol. The man is a shaman, known to have given up liqu...more
I know the names of the books
in Jim Chee's trailer
for yei's sake

I had coffee for breakfast this morning
Waffles for dinner last night
Lunch of corn meal boiled
then top browned
with roasted kidney beans
and finished with butternut squash soup
and that was just
to get into the mood

After yesterday's reading
A Thief of Time
up near Grand Gulch Utah
leading down to the San Juan River
between Mexican Hat and Bluff
reminiscing about my drives and hikes
into the 25,000 square mile Navajo Big Rez
and nearby

All that's...more
I first became acquainted with Tony Hillerman novels over 20 years ago when I attended a book discussion course on mysteries at the public library. I don't remember which Hillerman novel I read for that course, but afterward I read and enjoyed a number of his mysteries, this one included.

This weekend we listened to Coyote Waits in the car while traveling to South Dakota for a wedding. Interestingly, it was read by the author who had a great voice for this Southwestern Navajo reservation setting....more
As a reader whose interest is in the literature of the American West, rather than mystery writing, I had to be encouraged to read Tony Hillerman. And it was a happy discovery when I read "Coyote Waits." With his cast of Navajo characters, including law officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, the author introduces readers to the world of the modern-day reservation and the surviving Navajo culture in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona.

The coyote of the title, from Navajo mythology, repres...more
Jun 02, 2013 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of the not so usual detective lierature
Shelves: detective
I like this little markets where people sell about anything secondhand, I have bought some great stuff including secondhand Hardcover books for next to nothing. It also the placeto acquire books your would not have bought in you usual state of mind. Which deleivers the odd surprise now and then especially when it comes to sleuthing of the ethnic variety.

This is a book from a series about policing in the Native American reservation by the inhabitants themselves, the general white person in this b...more
Mar 07, 2012 Brianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone interested in crime, murder mysteries, Native American culture
In high school I was basically obsessed with Tony Hillerman books. Not really sure why, but I was. I tried to read all of his books in my school's library. The only thing I didn't like what I couldn't really figure out the order of the books, and so I read them out of order.
These books are great. They are from a point of view from a cop who is caught between two words: Navajo and white. He treads back and forth between those lines, trying to find a balance while solving murders.
Tony Hillerman...more
Gerald Kinro
In Navajo culture, the coyote is not loved. It is associated with evil and ultimately brings bad luck. Jim Chee waits for his friend, Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, to join him for coffee. However Nez, in trying to apprehend vandals is murdered, his car torched. A drunk old man, Ashley Pinto, is near the scene carrying the murder weapon. Open and shut. Not really, Pinto, in his inebriety, refuses to speak, at least coherently. Nevertheless, Chee arrests him.
Janet Peete, once the object of...more
Lillian Carl
I've heard Mr. Hillerman speak, delightfully. I've seen the dramatizations of his work on PBS, which

I enjoyed but which may not have been so delightful to Mr. H Somehow, though, I had never

actually read one of his books. So when I left town for a few days I took along a battered copy of

Coyote Waits.

Coyote Waits opens with Chee finding a policeman friend of his murdered. He feels guilty

because he should have gone to the man's aid when he said he'd finally cornered a vandal---but

there'd been...more
Richard H.
Coyote Waits by Tony Hillerman (Four Stars)
Hillerman does this one up pretty well in a long winded tribute to the cunning, evil and almost man attributes of Coyote who, “ always waits outside and is always hungry.”
The tale telling is well scripted in the part where old Pinto tells his tales of the Witches’ lair outside of the Ship Rock section of the reservation. The tale pulls together well, showing how Coyote lays for even the most innocent of us through taking our own avarices to the extreme...more
I've read a lot of Tony Hillerman books, and love that while each plot is different, the main characters are familiar to the reader.
I also like that as the series (?) goes on, the various relationships between characters change: Leaphorn's wife passes away, and he and the Professor start to spend more time together. Chee grows as a police officer and Navajo man. Leaphorn and Chee begin to like each other more, and Chee goes through several relationships which, while often hard to look at (I'm n...more
I really loved this book. I've read and attempted a couple other Hillermans up to this point (liked The Dark Wind; couldn't get into a couple others)--but none of them hooked me like this one so far. The setting and the atmosphere/tone were my favorite aspects, and the storyline was interesting. I should probably be ashamed, though, that since I usually don't like mysteries (read: really hate them), what kept me interested in the mystery from the beginning was the hint that the supernatural migh...more
Although Coyote is often portrayed as am ambiguous trickster, in this novel he represents the dark and deadly forces of chaos that the police must deal with. Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez is shot while out searching for vandals that are splashing white paint on some large rock formations. The old man holding the murder weapon is a shaman named Ashie Pinto, who refuses to say a single word of confession or denial. Delbert’s good friend, Officer Jim Chee charges in to investigate. Lieutenant...more
David Guy
This summer--in between volumes of Tristram Shandy--I read ten mysteries by Tony Hillerman, of which this is a representative example. I began reading the Hillerman books out of disappointment with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which I thought had some good characters but was poorly written. Hillerman on the other hand is a superb writer, and I loved his two Navajo detectives, as well as the Navajo concept of Hozro, which is somewhat hard to define but is a general sense of harmony with thing...more
Perhaps not one of the best ones but still a good story. Sadly, a Tribal police officer is killed while Chee is waiting to met up with him for coffee. While once again, Leaphorn and Chee approach this case from different angles and their paths cross (albeit only over phone calls), the story is a little thin and the supporting stories aren't really developed well. It was very interesting that Butch Cassidy's legend is involved and the part where Ashie Pinto tells his old stories is very good. The...more
Not sure how I feel about this one. More character development. Plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing. The end seems a little contrived though, with an unsatisfying resolution.
Anna Pappas
I liked this book, but the ending wasn't very satisfying to me. The author was very good at depicting Navajo culture however, and I liked that aspect very much.
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are two of my favorite characters, so I was pleased to discover this Tony Hillerman book which I hadn't read, at the most recent library book sale. I am making a collection of his books as well as those of Ed McBain. This one was as interesting and exciting as any of the previous ones. Both Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn have significant roles. Jim gets injured trying to get a friend out of a burning car. He is on medical leave but still follows up on leads. His f...more
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
This was my first book by this author - he was new to me and it was a good read. I love the Native American culture and the southwest, so I especially enjoyed this book. A good mystery.
The one thing I didn't think was very credible was the way Leaphorn and Chee were walking around rock formations at twilight into darkness.
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are two of my favorite characters, so I was pleased to re-discover this Tony Hillerman book. This one was as interesting and exciting as any of the previous ones. Both Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn have significant roles. Jim gets injured trying to get a friend out of a burning car. He is on medical leave but still follows up on leads. His former girl friend, Janet Pete has returned to the area and is defending the accused murderer. Navaho legends and scholarly r...more
Interesting. Easy read.
This book is a letdown after reading the sweeping, densely woven Game of Thrones series for the past several months. I need to give it back to my uncle, though, so back to Detective Chee and Lt Leaphorn it is.
So after finishing this, I remember what I like about Hillerman - most of which is the Navajo mythology he includes. His writing seems uneven, though. Some of it is really lyrical and some is downright clumsy. I enjoy the complexity of his plotting, however, and he's always a good read.
This was another one where I very much enjoyed the character making a choice between what his immediate reaction was, what the law said he should do, and what moral standard he lives by. I'm also finding that I enjoy the characters getting older -- so many times in series mysteries written over the course of years you start to wonder if the character ever ages, if anything ever changes for them. It's nice to see things in their lives change (even tragic events) and to see them grow and adapt.
I have read all Tony Hillerman's books and loved them. We travel through the Big Res on route 666 on occasion and found it much more enjoyable since reading about Lt. Leaphorn and Sgt. Chee and their adventures. I had read this book many many years ago, but it was available so I read it again. It is like visiting old loved friends you haven't seen for awhile. Great story and you learn so much about the Navajo relegion and their lives. Made me appreciate them.
This was a quick read (if the kids left me alone). I enjoyed learning more about the Native American Culture. I haven't read any other of Hillerman's books, so I didn't know the characters as well as most readers probably do. I enjoyed the references to the LDS church, and Utah and other places I knew. It was an enjoyable mystery because it dealt with a recent case as well as an intriguing old west case. Did Butch Cassidy die in Bolivia or not?
Light. Easy. Fast. Mystery. Heavy dose of Southwestern American Indian culture. I hadn't read a good mystery for a while, so it was pretty fun, though maybe nothing to write home about. All of Hillerman's novels are about Jim Chee, a Navajo Tribal Police officer and his adventures solving cases in Arizona and New Mexico. It was fun because I can picture better the places he writes of having spent some time in the area.
3 1/2 Stars

I love the character development and the background stories in this series. I feel like I'm sitting across the table from the main characters as we talk over a cup of coffee.

The only reason I can't give this a full four-star rating is that the mystery didn't feel as well-developed and there were a few places that didn't track properly. (I don't want to provide any spoilers, so will not list them here.)
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Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962. Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, wh...more
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