The Shape Shifter (Navajo Mysteries #18)
Retirement has never sat well with former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Now the ghosts of a still-unsolved case are returning to haunt him, reawakened by a photograph in a magazine spread of a one-of-a-kind Navajo rug, a priceless work of woven art that was supposedly destroyed in a suspicious fire many years earlier. The rug, commemorating one of the dark...more
That's kind of why I'm giving The Shape Shifter five stars.
I first encountered Tony Hillerman as a freshman in coll...more
Skinwalkers, according to Navajo culture, are creatures that embody evil. They can change shape and form--and not for good purposes! So when retired Navajo Tribal Policemen Joe Leaphorn gets tangled up in a decades old mystery and finds himself face to face with a modern-day skinwalker, it takes everything he has to outwit...more
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, retired, stopped his pickup about a hundred yards short of where he had intended to park, turned off the ignition, stared at Sergeant Jim Chee’s trailer home, and reconsidered his tactics.
Hillerman, Tony (2009-10-13). The Shape Shifter (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee) (Kindle Locations 60-61). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
I've been a fan of Tony Hillerman's stories for over a decade. He's written a lot of entertaining yarns, but the titles have a similarity that makes it a challenge for me to remember which one was the first I read. Each one centers on a primary mystery, but there's also a subplot about a smaller case that eventually ties in, one way or another, with the main adventure. Throughout the novels the main characters, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Officer (rank dependen...more
Published by Harper in November of 2006.
There are numerous flaws in Hillerman's newest book, including a confusing, often rambling first 100 pages or so. However, at about the halfway point in the book it catches some traction and moves forward with purpose and speed and the last half of the book reminds me of the Hillerman of old.
For those readers who are disappointed with this one, migh...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.
Jim, a full time cop, part time shaman, who we have followed since he was an young officer...more
The story involves a double murder (the Handys) that occurred many years before. Three...more
My favorite aspect of the book is the description of the atmosphere and mystique of the Southwest. I just love the landscape there and Hillerman does an excellent job transporting me to this place; he does it with such skill that it seem...more
In the process he unravels a mystery that really is one of the most c...more
8/2/08 Shape Shifter, by Tony Hillerman
Really liked it.
Joe Leaphorn is retired, but gets drawn into investigating a cold case from years before. Something doesn’t add up around the facts of a case in which two men (Totter & Shewnack) are supposedly dead, and a new man on the scene, Delos, ends up with a rare old Navajo rug that was supposedly destroyed in a trading post fire. When Delos tries to feed Leaphorn poisoned cherries, Leaphorn puts pieces of history together and figures out that...more
In The Shape Shifter, the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, retired, takes us on another fascinating and fast-paced tour of the area bounded by the...more