The Sinister Pig (Navajo Mysteries, #16)
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The Sinister Pig (Navajo Mysteries #16)

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The victim, well dressed but stripped of identification, is found at the edge of the vast Jicarilla Apache natural gas field just inside the jurisdiction of the Navajo Tribal Police, facing Sergeant Jim Chee with a complex puzzle.

Why did the Washington office of the FBI snatch custody of this case from its local agents, cover it with secrecy, and call it a hunting accident...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Harper (first published January 1st 2003)
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Roberta Marro
Ah, hard to believe that we will get no more of Tony Hillerman's wonderful books. I thought this was one of his best--full of double meanings, teaching my about oil pipelines and the uses to which they could be put. I used to love to listen to Hillerman's books when traveling through New Mexico because he brought that country and the native american people who live there to life so beautifully, while weaving in a mystery that caught you up in the story. Easy reading, but more complex than they a...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Overly complex. Felt like an attempt to update the series and infusing with Mexican border issues, Senate committees and drugs. Not nearly enough landscape. An attempt at multiple perspectives again, which was used to create tension and move the plot forward, since solving the murder wasn't possible after the FBI took over. Temporary physical estrangement between Chee and Bernie. Not one of Hillerman's better books.
Another Navajo mystery novel. This one gets into Washington politics and explores how egomaniacs come to control the nation. It makes very clear how the "War on Drugs" only benefits the drug czars. As fiction, there is a black and white difference between the good guys and the bad guys, but I think that there is a lot of truth to the way the system functions. He also made me aware of how natural gas and oil are being somehow siphoned away from Navajo land without paying the legally required roya...more
Ethan Casey
The Sinister Pig is a typically exciting and enjoyable installment in the late Tony Hillerman's series of mystery novels set among the Navajo and Hopi of the desert Southwest. I've been reading them out of sequence, which is a little unfortunate if you want to remain surprised by developments in the personal lives of Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee, and The Sinister Pig (2003) is a relatively late installment, so consider reading earlier Hillermans first. But each Hillerman novel c...more
The sinister pig refers to a being who has eaten his fill but doesn't allow others to eat too. Sound like any Republicans you know? I'm rather late coming to Hillerman's mysteries. I find them adequate as a quick read.
Four Corners is a good geography question, at least for those of us who live east of the Mississippi. Can you name the four states, clockwise? It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Tony Hillerman mystery. I remember I was saddened to learn of his death in 2008. Truly, a great mystery writer – 200 plus pages, big print, really just long short stories, but great to read in between the heftier stuff. “The Sinister Pig” is one of Hillerman's best. Classic “Legendary Lieutenant” Joe Leaphorn. If you’ve...more
Johanna Gail Tongco
Sinister Pig is a good book written by Tom Hillerman. It looks like a typical book but it actually conveys the prevailing corruption in the system. With this book, you will get to know Bernie Manuelito and Sgt. Jim Chee who were able to uncover the death behind the mysterious man named Carl Mankin, which whose real name is Gordon Stein.

Gordon Stein, aka Carl Mankin, was out to do some undercover business but then he was shot before he was able to get some worthy information to the one who hired...more
Donald Kendall
Sleek and smooth, The Sinister Pig is as intense as a book can be. Less Native American lore and more current affairs, drugs and CIA/FBI secrecy this novel sees all three of the series main characters all trying to figure out who, what, when, where, why and how a man was killed in Chee's territory. The title character is as vile, vicious and villianous as they come....yet also stupidly reliant on others to do his "wetwork". This slim entry in the popular mystery series is a wonderful addition so...more
Bernell Spicer
The desert southwest is a primary character in many of Tony Hillerman's mysteries, which is one reason I generally enjoy them. I grew up on the Western slope of Colorado, where the red soil is dotted with scrubby green trees, and snow peaks tower all around. It was truly a paradise. And yet the country that speaks to my soul is a little further west and south: Canyon country, the area around the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and south, on into the Sonoran desert. This area, the Four Corners regi...more
Bob Gooch
Good old-fashioned crime novel set primarily in southwestern New Mexico involving murder, border issues, corrupt local cops and federal politicians, drug smuggling, etc. The main protagonists are folks you can root for, and the bad guys are, well, you'll have to read the book. Hillerman is a good writer. He weaves complex stories, and resists the temptation to get down in the gutter.

It's funny but in re-reading the book this time, I tried to imagine who I would get to play each of the main char...more
A satisfying mystery for fans of Hillerman�s series on Navaho detectives Leaphorn and Chee, the 16th of 18 with one or both detectives. Alas, there will be no more given Hillerman�s death in 2008. Here Jim Chee becomes intrigued with a case of murder of a well-dressed outsider. In the first pages Hillerman has the reader inhabit the mind of this oil industry problem-solver engaged by a powerful Senator to investigate the siphoning off of production from the numerous wells operated on federal and...more
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Margaret Murray
A man hands an envelope to another man across a table---So begins The Sinister Pig (2003) by the late Tony Hillerman, famed mystery writer of the Southwest. The beginning is very simple–a man hands an envelope across the table of a small cafe. The setting is Navajo Country but it could be anywhere, anytime. How mundane. How ordinary. How easy to read. This vintage Tony Hillerman beginning fascinates me–it’s deceptively simple. By the end of the first page, we are in the midst of a high-level cor...more
Jesse Whitehead
When a man with a fake ID is found murdered on the Navajo reservation people immediately think he was investigating the oil pipelines. When Jim Chee starts looking into it he finds out drug smugglers and politicians are involved and Bernadette Manuelito, now working as a Border Control Agent is right in the middle of a big cover-up.

Tony Hillerman has a decidedly readable style. I especially like his way of making each character feel like an old friend. As soon as Chee shows up I know just what h...more
Meg Mcaneny
Hillerman takes us all the way south to the boot heel of New Mexico in this clever tale. The story starts out with quite a bit of detail about a character who looks like he's going to be important- a bit of a false trail. Yes, you'll get Legendary Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, but also some powerful stringpullers in Washington, DC, exotic game animals, drug smuggling, and more than a few surprises. Turned out to be a better read than I at first thought.
So, I Read This Book Today
I normally enjoy Mr. Hillerman's works, and have a collection I like to return to over and over. This one, sadly, went straight into the box to go to the used book store. The editing was so horrible as to be a joke. It makes one wonder if his writing has always been this bad, and some UberEditor has been working magic for all these years, or if he was just under a huge rush to meet contractual obligations and couldn't be bothered to actually write a decent book.

It is also disappointing in that t...more
I have always enjoyed Tony Hillerman's work. Driving through Colorado listening to Tony's story was fabulous. The mountains were snow covered and the sky was blue made the story more interesting. The characters are unique in their cultures which makes Hillerman's work so interesting. Learning about the various Native American Tribes as well as murder and mystery is outstanding.
Ed Grant
This was my first Hillerman book. It was good, but not great. Perhaps in his other books these characters are more fully developed, but they weren't developed in depth enough in this one to fully hook me. There were some interesting references in the book that suggest he knows history and the Indian tribes pretty well in the southwest. Makes me miss the Arizona/New Mexico area.
Sinister pig (cochon sinistre)- the pig who guards the trough against other pigs getting food even though it has already had all it can eat - ergo, a very greedy pig. Also, a "pig" in industries employing piping is used to clean the pipelines, eventually removing the pig by means of a "pig trap" in the pipe line.

Both uses of "pig" are central to this novel, the first as a metaphor for a fictional captain of industry (a cartoonishly very bad man) and the second quite literally in the story line....more
Another Hillerman thriller rather than mystery. Still enjoyable, but less comfortable. He seemed to personally know a shocking amount about this subject. Ending was the shittiest yet... Chee cheesily promising Bernie that he won't let anyone hit her in the head with a rifle. The end. What? The man knew how to write a book, but not remotely how to end one.
Bonnie Irwin
It was a job getting back into Tony Hillerman novels. this one features Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, with enough Washington DC corruption thrown in to create an interesting story which moves along at a good pace. I would have liked a little more back story on some of the characters, but all in all, this was a good read.
Another great Hillerman novel! I think I have read just about every one of his books and I've enjoyed all of them. They are the kind of books I like to read when I want something well written, easy to read, fun, entertaining and not too complicated or "heady". I feel like I know Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn because they're in all his books. Also, I love reading about the old Indian ways and beliefs of the Navajos and the Hopis. Now that I live in Arizona, I appreciate his descriptions of the landsc...more
Faith Weldon
As usual I enjoyed the book. The setting in this book was the oil and gas industry in New Mexico, the money involved, and greed as the motivator for evil. It is always a pleasure to encounter the officers of the Navajo Tribal Police and see how they manage to triumph over the criminals.
Marie Fouhey
I like the books in this series better when they concentrate on Navajo mythology and the southwest rather than when they focus on Jim Chee's love life. The later books in the series don't devote as much time to the Navajo culture, or at least this one didn't.
Fans of Tony Hillerman will enjoy this intricate plot that involves drug smuggling, deceit, theft, murder, and more. Money that should be going into a trust for the Indians seemed to be going into other pockets. An abandoned pipeline maybe wasn’t as abandoned as people thought. Jim Chee felt uneasy enough about the circumstances to enlist the help of Joe Leaphorn. Jim was especially concerned for Bernie Manuelito, now working for the Customs Patrol. Realizing that Bernie was in mortal danger, Ji...more
Michael  Starsheen
Another great entry in this series

I gave this book five stars because it is fast paced, suspenseful, and a good time. It builds up the characters in new ways, and brings closure to some ongoing story lines.
Stephanie York
I really enjoyed this book. It starts out good and is easily a fun read. It keeps you engaged and is a bit of a page turner. As far as fun detective novels I would recommend it.
Good Tony Hillerman mystery. Not as much Indian lore as some of his others (which I enjoy), but still a good read. Also less action by Hillerman's two main characters, Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn; more of a story centered around Bernie Manuelito, Jim's former co-worker.
Read this book as a stand alone and still enjoyed it. Good Native American feel through out the writing.
A man is found murdered at the edge of the Jicarila Apache natural gas field. It is just inside
the Navajo land and Sergeant Jim Chee of the Tribal Police is puzzled when the FBI takes over the case and labels it as a hunting accident.
Jim Chee's former girlfriend, Bernadette Manuelito, has left him and joined the Customs Patrol. She discovers a complex conspiracy and her life may be in danger. Jim wants to help her but doesn't know how.
This story has a lot of twists and turns and eventually...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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