The Wailing Wind (Leaphorn & Chee #15)
Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road--with a rich ex-con's phone number in his pocket ... and a tobacco tin nearly filled with tracer gold. It's her initial mishandling of the scene that spell trouble for her supervisor, Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police--but it's the echoe...more
This was a really good book.
Bernie finds a dead body in a truck. Due to her Navajo upbringing teaching her corpse aversion, she doesn't move the body and discover it's been shot in the back.
She's in a lot of trouble with the FBI for fucking up, but her boss whom she has a crush on, Jim Chee, calls up his old boss Joe Leaphorn, and they do their best to get her out of trouble. Chee busting his ass to protect Bernie is SO ADORABLE. But of course, Jim Chee is shit ...more
I especially enjoyed the interplay of Navajo culture throughout the novel and how it was essential to the plotline, even from the initial scene when a Navajo police officer does not fully examine a dead body because of Navajo taboos about death.
The characters are quite believable and strangely likable, especially retired police officer ...more
This one is concise (only 230 pages), considerably involved ...more
It’s a good one.
I love Hillerman’s trio of retired Officer Leaphorn, Lt. Jim Chee and beautiful Officer Berni Maunuelito who wend their way through Navajo cultural parables, taboos and medicine men to solve another murder on the reservation.
Will Lt. Chee finally get off his behind and propose to the lady who adores him? Will Leaphorn once again cross the line of legality to fiddle the evidence of the ...more
I've read other books in the series - my dad loved them - but I picked up these two after our Christmas trip to Arizona. As part of our Boxing Day tour of the Grand Canyon, we drove through the northern Arizona portion of the Navajo reservation, and I saw the landscape that I had read about in the other books.
That added a great deal of enjoyment to these two books ...more
I was NOT disappointed.
This book had you in the story from the first few pages and doesn't let you go till the last page.
I have always loves how Hillerman can teach a little of the Native stories and rituals in his stories and this was a wonderful look into the Navajo life.
Definitely a good read.
Sargent Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is reunited with legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn in this airy mystery that explores the conflicts between the duty to love and the duty to livelihoods.
All of the familiar characters seem to face this same conflict in this in ...more
Here is a mystery story that is more about the characters involved than it is about the mystery. What is fascinating about it is the way that Navajo culture is woven into the story so that it becomes part of who the people are. I know David and Aimee Thurlo have done something similar with their books but not quite as well.
When officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers a body on the reservation the FBI decides to get involved. Unfortunately she misdiagnose ...more
My first complaint about this book would be the print. It's too big. Yep, I know, it seems weird to complain about the fontsize being too big, but what can I say, I'm a fast reader, and with letters this big there just isn't enough information on the page. It takes longer to read.
Of course, the size of the font isn't really the authors fault.
My second complaint isn't the authors fault either ...more
A call comes in about an abandoned truck inside the bounds of the Navajo Nation. Officer Bernadette Manuelito is the one sent to the scene. She finds a man dead inside the car and has to confront her traditional beliefs that go counter to her duties as a police officer.
The present day murder brings up questions about an ...more
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
My enjoyment of many detective series is in direct proportion to my pleasure at spending time with the lead character, (or characters, here). And in this, the book does not disappoint. And my major reason for reading Hillerman's books is to be immersed in the place which ...more
I'm not much into mystery books - although I like the genre in movies/TV series/mangas - and the only collection I have are Stanley Gardner's. The other author I read was Grisham, and his stories are more of the thriller/suspense type.
But I think I may have found a favorite in Hillerman. (I just picked it in random 'cause it's only about 25bucks :P) There's not much to tell that hasn't already been said, but he has a charm to his writing that is lacking in some contemporary novels. I can't s ...more