Skeleton Man (Navajo Mysteries #17)
Former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is coming out of retirement to h...more
This could have been so much more but perhaps readers of this series of books aren't interested in having a fine portrait painted of character and locale nor details of landscape. Perhaps they've read it all before. Standing on its own without the backgr...more
In the ‘50s, two planes collided over the Grand Canyon, killing everyone on board and sending a rain of debris and body parts over the canyon. It was th...more
I got stuck at the Zion Lodge for a few hours while waiting for my fellow hikers and ducked into the gift shop in search...more
Having said all that I got really stuck on some elements of the plot. I loved his descriptions of the Grand Canyon, but I've been there. The Gra...more
The plot revolves around a true-life plane crash over the Grand Canyon. The crash, which resulted in two planes and all passengers falling from the sky, happened in 19...more
Wouldn’t you think at least ONE of those would be exciting on some level?
If you’re human, you would. And Mr. Hillerman would owe you an apology. Probably even an apology involving baked goods. An apolo-cake. An aPielogy. At least that way you would walk away with SOMETHING.
There were two female characters in this book that I didn’t even realize were...more
The story begins with a plane crash over the Grand Canyon in 1956 ... and ties into a modern-day case in which Cowboy Dashee's mentally disabled cousin Billy tries to pawn an enormous diamond for $20. The diamond is one listed as missing from the plane crash, and so Billy is hauled in to jail for theft.
There are, of course, even more complications. Retired police lieutenant J...more
In this one Leaphorn, retired, recounts the story of an airplane that crashed in to another and fell to the Grand Canyon while trying to prove the innocence of a simple man. I like it because I learned som...more
The plot was ridiculous, the characters were wooden, the description of the Grand Canyon was inaccurate, yet these details were not the ones that chafed. The thing I found most annoying, oddly enough, was the absurdly redundant presentation of the plot....more
Hillerman, whose crime fiction bespeaks of Native Americans' rich history, once again mines the Southwest for a story that intricately links tribal mysticism, desert landscapes, and contemporary culture. Devoted readers will find the usual mix of compelling characters, including a Paiute mystic, a Hopi, and the Skeleton Man (the Death Kachina, whose myth Hillerman brings up to date). Though Hillerman is a first-class storyteller, critics agree Skeleton Man is not his best. Leaphorn (he is, after...more
I gave it four stars not so much as the book by itself deserved it but that it's the best Tony Hillerman I've ever read bar none.
Some people might like all the folklore and traditions, dances and singers and all stuff Navajo. I don't! This book has little to none of that and it moved right along without a hitch. Not many characters, of course Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. But the other charaters were interesting and it was a well thought out mystery, who dunnit kind of thing. And at 240 pages it...more
My only hangup was that I was just confused...in the beginning there are a few different diamonds and back-stories going on and I got them mixed up. You will probably be smarter than me and be able to keep them straight.
John Clark's out-of-wedlock daughter, Joanna Craig joins the search hoping to find her father's remains to prove that she is the legit...more