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Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman
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Apr 15, 11

Read in January, 1992

I really enjoy looking into the methodical mind of Detective Joe Leaphorn. While many people read Tony Hillerman for his insights into Navajo culture, I most enjoy his depiction of the always thoughtful Leaphorn. I once saw Hillerman in person at an interview, and I asked him if he saw himself in the character Leaphorn. He didn't really comment, but I see him after meeting him in that type of personality. In Listening Woman, Leaphorn faces his usual inter-tangled mess of events: being nearly run over by a maniac, the theft of a helicopter, and two unsolved deaths in a remote corner of the reservation. The joy of this book is its window into Leaphorn's mind as he tries to make sense of seemingly random events. His detectives express confusion, hold erroneous assumptions, and are very much prone to mistaken judgement. It mades tem real and believable.

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