Hunting Badger (Navajo Mysteries, #14)
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Hunting Badger (Navajo Mysteries #14)

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Three men raid the gambling casino run by the Ute nation and then disappear into the maze of canyons on the Utah-Arizona border. When the FBI, with its helicopters and high-tech equipment, focuses on a wounded deputy sheriff as a possible suspect, Navajo Tribal Police Sergeant Jim Chee and his longtime colleague, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, launch an investigation of...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by HarperTorch (first published November 1st 1999)
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Chuck
This read was a breath of fresh air after reading L.A. Confidential. I put L.A.C. down due to exhaustion with the writer's style and his cast of thousands. Mr. Hillerman's style is simple and straight forward with very few surprises. He does display his geographic knowledge of the four corners area of the Southwestern U.S. of A. perhaps to excess but I didn't find it offensive. He had a story to tell and he told it concisely and understandably. A Native American casino in northern Arizona near t...more
Morris Graham
This is probably one of the best of Hillerman's Leaphorn-Chee detective series. Inspired by an actual manhunt on the Navajo Nations in which the FBI gave up the chase, concluding the suspects dead (what else could you say after the suspects disappeared into the vastness that is Navajoland.) Retired NTP Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn assists Sergeant Jim Chee and Officer Bernadette Manuelito on a hunt for the robbers of the Ute Casino and the killing of a security officer and the wounding of another. Hi...more
Charlotte
Jun 25, 2008 Charlotte rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers!
Recommended to Charlotte by: Myrna Orozco
Shelves: favorite-authors
Tony Hillerman is my second favorite mystery author after Agatha Christie. Again, I appreciated that I couldn't figure out the solution to the mystery halfway through, and Mr. Hillerman is another master storyteller. You'll also learn lots about another culture from his books, as they are all set on the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico, and the heroes are always the Indians, even when they go up against the FBI! Of course, that's because they understand things about Indians that the white...more
Vivienne Neal
Storytelling At Its Best

The author introduces the reader to two Navajo detectives, Sgt. Jim Chee and his old boss, retired officer Joe Leaphorn who sees a connection to a killing of two officers, a year earlier and the shooting of two policemen and the killing of a guard at a Ute Casino, a year later. The narrative is a blend of Native American customs, which explores traditional and modern thoughts. Several of the antagonists are multifaceted with various political, environmental and social vie...more
Orville Jenkins
This was a delightful and engaging mystery, and kept my attention, like all the Hillerman Navajo-Hopi detective mysteries.

Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is called to assist in a manhunt for three who robbed a Ute casino, killed one officer and wounded another. His retired former boss Joe Leaphorn gets involved incidentally when he discovers the body of a rancher in the area, who has a suicide note on his computer naming himself and two accomplices as the robbers.

Of course, the fec...more
Tomas Meade
Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman
Tony Hillerman displaces a perfect balance of action and description in his excellent book Hunting badger. This book is about main characters Navajo tribal police officer Jim Chee and his once superior, retired police chief Joe Leaphorn. The plot is relatively straight forward when you look back on the book, but it also manages to be very complex in an intriguing way. The book begins with Jim Chee who has recently come back from Alaska and is beginning to settle...more
Debfiddle
Three men raid the gambling casino run by the Ute nation and then disappear into the maze of canyons on the Utah-Arizona border. When the FBI, with its helicopters and high-tech equipment, focuses on a wounded deputy sheriff as a possible suspect, Navajo Tribal Police Sergeant Jim Chee and his longtime colleague, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, launch an investigation of their own. Chee sees a dangerous flaw in the federal theory; Leaphorn sees intriguing connections to the exploits of a legend...more
Jim
Jan 07, 2010 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Tony Hillerman is well known for his Navajo Myseries series featuring Navajo tribal policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. One of the things that I love about this series is that Joe and Jim solve mysteries using Navajo culture, tradition and wisdom.

I read a lot of Tony Hillerman's books several years ago and I was recently inspired to return to this wonderful series.

This book is later in the series and Joe Leaphorn is now retired, while Jim Chee still works for the Tribal Police. In this install...more
JBradford
I think I've made it pretty clear that I am a great fan of Tony Hillerman and his ever-growing series of novels about the Navaho Police Force, in which the main characters have become my friends as I observed them growing older, and my only regret is that I have not been able to read all of the series in chronological sequence. This one is another that contains both Lt. Joe Leaphorn (retired, now, but still capable of action) and Sgt. Jim Chee (on vacation, but not able to escape intrigue), and...more
Johnsergeant
Listened to the audiobook from Recorded Books

Narrated By: George Guidall
Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mystery

Tony Hillerman’s best-selling reservation series occupies a unique place in the world of mystery novels. By combining Native American lore and history with suspenseful crime stories, he enlightens and entertains his many fans. Hunting Badger takes you to the Navajo reservation where police sergeant Jim Chee is facing a thorny dilemma. One year ago, Sgt. Chee was part of an FBI search for two cop...more
H R Koelling
After working in libraries for so long and not reading this popular author I figured I'd give him a try. My parents have several of his novels in the house and I didn't have anything else to read.

This book was OK. It went by very fast, but it seemed rather lacking in substance. Then again, I think this kind of book is published for the sole sake of entertaining the reader, a premise I support. This book didn't really entertain me, but I think that's because my expectations are higher. The editin...more
Judith
'Hunting Badger' is readable and enjoyable. It's good to see that as they grow older and more mature, Chee and Leaphorn are finally beginning to develop a relationship that transcends the mentor/acolyte status they've always had and becomes--dare I say it--friendship? Also, it's a relief to see that Chee is finally ditching Janet Pete and opening his mind to a relationship "closer to home," while Leaphorn is finally acknowledging that there is a life after his beloved Emma. These are the real th...more
J
The onging story of Sgt. Jim Chee and Officr Bernadette Manuelito continues to develop as Chee and Lt. Leaphorn solve another crime in Navajoland.

The FBI doesn't fare well and it brings a chuckle as the Feds have a reputation that seems universal among law enforcement. Perhaps this is why I really like Hillerman; he has taken the time to cultivate relationships with police and to understand their culture. It is evident to me that he had a few friends who were old salts.

As always, I find myself...more
Richard Malcolm
Another favorite Hillerman. Be warned, it's one of the bloodiest. Love the tension with the FBI folks, it adds another dimension and casts the rez cops policing style in relief against the feds - very fun. Enjoyed learning more about Leaphorn's relationship with his lady friend the anthropologist and with Chee. The final cave shoot-out is extremely exciting.

Side note: calling Hillerman "slow" is kind of missing the point. The steady build-up and deliberate pacing is his style of letting the ten...more
Lynn
Jul 04, 2014 Lynn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
A casino is robbed, leaving one employee dead and another badly wounded. Police suspect an inside job and the hospitalized employee is the main suspect, but a visitor to retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn tells a different story. Tony Hillerman's books are full of descriptions of the rugged countryside in New Mexico and Utah, as well as enlightenment into Navajo culture. Hunting Badger was an enjoyable, quick read.
William
I've read most of the Hillerman Books and enjoyed them. This is as good or better any any of the other more recent ones. It is very excellent in communicating aspects of the Indian culture and the Southwest geography. The action is muted and the story well put together. A very well written book for those that enjoy this kind of tale. A quick read.
Dale
It is better the second time around.

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008)
Read by George Guidall.
Lasts about 6 hours.<?i>

I've read all of the Hillerman books so I'm re-reading them as audiobooks to ease a tedious drive to work and to re-enjoy them.

I had remembered this one as a weak link in the series, and I was wrong. The book, as usual for this series, is set on the Navajo reservation. Joe Leaphorn is retired but gets involved anyway. The story involves the is about the armed robbery of a Ute Indian
...more
Jeri
I always enjoy another book in this series. Leaphorn and Chee are again working together, both getting involved in the case of a robbery from the Ute casino where a man was killed. For a long time it appears to be more suspense than mystery, since we know who they are looking for pretty early on, but as usual there are a few twists and turns to keep things interesting. I don't think this one explores Navajo culture the way some of the earlier ones did, but it's a good read.

Even if I got very co...more
William
One really must read the Leaphorn/Chee books in sequence. This one could be read as a stand alone story, but it is really best as another in the continuing saga of these two likeable characters.
Familiarity with the geography of Arizona and New Mexico (or the "Four Corners") certainly helps as well.

Hillerman is no Doctorow, but he tells a good story very well indeed.
Mike
Tony Hillerman is, to me, like Dick Francis only with Navaho instead of horses. He writes mystery novels, all centred around a certain theme; and he writes prolifically, none of which is earth-shattering but all of which is well written and entertaining. What's more, after reading the Tom Clancy novel, he is mercifully well paced and fits his length to the format -- introduce the mystery, build the tension, and unravel the twists of the conclusion in a good, though realistic, time frame. He and...more
Arlene
I had read this before, but retread it whole we were vacationing in the 4 corners region, in Navajo land. This wasn't my favorite in the series, but I do enjoy reading Hillerman.
Lillian Carl
Hunting Badger is one of Tony Hillerman's later Chee-and-Leaphorn mysteries. Leaphorn

is actually retired, but comes back to work when members of a militia group rob a Ute

casino. As always, the landscape is presented beautifully, and Chee and Leaphorn are

well-rounded and sympathetic characters. I felt the plot was lacking a bit, with portions

of the story reading more like an outline than narrative, and the book was a very fast

read indeed, printed up with a large font and wide margins. It was...more
Michael  Starsheen
Another great entry in the series

I gave Hunting Badger five stars because it was written with good use of suspense and imagery of the landscape and characters. I enjoyed the interplay between Jim Chee a
Marti
Hopefully I will run across some more of the Tony Hillerman Navaho Mysteries that I haven't read before. It is sad to think that he, Ed McBain and Robert B. Parker won't be writing any more books. I know that sometimes authors have unpublished novels in their possession, and perhaps it is true of these three. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee feel like old friends, as I read about their adventures. Greed and the empty landscape of the Southwest with its many hiding places set the stage for a story of th...more
VJ
Dec 07, 2008 VJ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: murder mystery readers
Shelves: fiction
Hillerman's strength was his ability to describe the terrain, plant life, and history of the use of the lands that make up the reservation lands of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. This story describes the land use for collecting coal and the mines that were constructed by Mormon settlers.

The mines are linked to Navajo myths of shapeshifters to provide a mysterious backdrop for a casino heist. The vulnerabilities of Tribal police officers who must search for criminals in rugged terrain...more
Dina
This is one of my favorite of the bunch I've read so far. I love the stories. I love to hear about the different tribes. There is so much more depth to these books because it explains some things I've never known about the Native American culture. It's been so generalized in western culture for so long, so to hear not only about general cultural differences but the differences between the tribes has been fantastic. The other thing I really love, is how I don't know who did it... I really need to...more
Carol B.
Fun and quick read. A different mystery.
Jeanne Nisbeth
Easy, fun mystery
Lori
I listened to this book on CD, read by a wonderful actor who embodied the western, Native, law enforcement characters. All a bit macho for me but still a pretty good story. I didn't know Hillerman wrote so many Navajo mysteries. I think my dad would love them!
Danny Solares
Good book. Although I am living in the southwest the culture here is unique and difficult to nail down. History and culture expands over vast amounts of time with multitude of indigenous peoples, customs and beliefs. the book just touches on the subject. Characters are well developed with a few characters acting as leads depending on the chapter. I will be exploring additional titles from Mr. Hillerman who is no longer with us.-- A great weekend for me is painting, reading, and doing a little ya...more
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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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