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The Ghostway (Leaphorn & Chee #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  7,527 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Old Joseph Joe sees it all. Two strangers spill blood at the Shiprock Wash-O-Mat. One dies. The other drives off into the dry lands of the Big Reservation, but not before he shows the old Navajo a photo of the man he seeks.

This is all Tribal Policeman Jim Chee needs to set him off on an odyssey that moves from a trapped ghost in an Indian hogan to the seedy underbelly of L
Paperback, 301 pages
Published February 4th 1992 by HarperTorch (first published 1984)
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Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
Chee strolled along the fence, looking at the five who lined the porch. This was a side of white culture he'd never seen before. He'd read about it, but it had seemed too unreal to make an impression - this business of penning up the old. The fence was about 6 feet high, with the topmost foot tilted inward. Hard for an old woman to climb that, Chee thought. Impossible if she was tied in a wheelchair. Los Angeles seemed safe from these particular old people.

Another fun, quick read from Hillerman
Morris Graham
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hosteen (elder) Joeseph Tso is finishing his laundry at a landramat in Shiprock, when a stranger asks him to look at a picture of a man and wants to know if he's seen him. He hasn't. Another car drives up, and the man asking the question guns the second man down. SGT Jim Chee follows the trail of the first car to the hogan of Ashie Begay, and finds the man presumed to be Leroy Gorman, buried, almost in Navajo tradition, but not quite. His training as a Navajo holy man spots the errors in the bur ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book, published in 1984, takes readers into Navajo country where Hosteen Joseph Joe, an elderly Navajo man, sees Albert Gorman, a Navajo who lives in Los Angeles, shoot a man in the Wash-O-Mat and then drive away although he also was seriously wounded. Jim Chee, an officer with the Navajo Tribal Police, is asked by the FBI to help find Gorman. Before this case is solved Jim Chee will travel to Los Angeles and, as usual, find himself torn between the traditional culture of the Navajo people ...more
I wasn't all that thrilled with certain parts. I didn't like the way animals were treated in this one. I guess the mystery made sense. I am not sure I followed all the logic in his final conclusions. I also question that a teen could act so decisively and successfully, against a seasoned killer, although I do see how easy it would be for that killer to disregard a teen. But twice? For such a professional, that seems unlikely. I was also impatient with how much time was spent on Chee's agonizing ...more
Heath Lowrance
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm really glad I gave Hillerman another shot, because I really enjoyed this one. The mystery was solid, just complex enough to keep the brain synapses crackling but not so much that the thread was lost. Lots of good Navajo lore, weaved into the story in a really tight way.

Starts with an altercation in the parking lot of a laundromat in Shiprock that leaves one man dead and another wounded, on the run. Tribal Policeman Jim Chee initially teams with the Feds to find the missing man, but when the
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am slowly working my way through Hillerman's books. The Ghostway has Jim Chee looking to find out who killed Albert Gorman, what happened to his brother, and dealing with a runaway girl from a private school. Somehow they all seemed tied together but Chee is struggling with how, or why.

I wasn't all that sure about Chee when he was first introduced, mostly because he was so conflicted about his place in the universe - should he stay on the Navajo reservation or should he take a job in the white
Kilian Metcalf
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Gripping, plus you receive a lesson on Navajo Indian culture. Tony Hillerman has a brilliant a way of incorporating very ordinary things into a suspenseful story- - it makes you think any of the characters might be you!
Michael Norwitz
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another Hillerman novel starring the police detective Jim Chee. I enjoyed it more than the earlier one, with its more convoluted mystery (although I wonder about how credible the final twist is) and its details about Navajo culture. Chee faces something of a career and cultural crisis in this episode as well. The only lacking element is a portrayal of the least engaging romantic relationship depicted in a mystery series ever; Chee's girlfriend literally only appears in his thoughts of her, and o ...more
At the time I'm writing this, Amazon has somehow managed to link the reviews of Tony Hillerman's "The Ghostway" with the reviews of his "Sacred Clowns" (each product page shows the reviews of both). So, just to make sure, this review is about "The Ghostway" (the 6th in his "Leaphorn & Chee" novels and the 3rd (and final?) purely Jim Chee novel). I'm not as happy with this book as I have been with the earlier books. First, much of the story takes place in Los Angeles. Second, and not to put t ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Another excellent yarn from Tony Hillerman. "The Ghostway" features Jim Chee on the case looking for a lost granddaughter, and a witness who is in the witness protection program. Things start off with a bang with a shooting outside of a laundry mat. With one man down and another hit, the investigation is on. Chee to his chagrin ends up having to go to Los Angeles to track the girl. Shortly there Chee ends up in the hospital with a concussion thanks to one of the gangsters in Los Angeles. It's in ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman.

This is a mystery among the Navajo people with Sergeant Jim Chee , their lawman. There's a shootout at the Shiprock Wash-O-Mat. Old Joseph Joe is shown a picture of a man by the victim before he dies. That's the only lead Jim Chee has to begin his search into the who did it and why.

This was my first Tony Hillerman book and I didn't know what to expect. I listened to it on CD narrated by George Guidell who did another terrific job of bringing life to the characters.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
This is my fourth book that I have read by T Hillerman; I it good but felt the portion of the white man violent actions did not added to the story and were unnecessary.
Jim Chee again featured. He is again up against the Federal government. He must located a Navajo to solve a case of a shooting which is a federal case. He finds the grandfather and his hogan is now a death one. Jim knows that Godin Joe Begay would not leave his hogan unless something was wrong. A Navajo girl is missing after recei
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#6 in the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee "Navajo" mysteries, although this one featured just Jim Chee. Read by George Guidall, my favorite reader, so it was a delight to listen to. Chee begins to investigate a shooting death, mostly on his own since the FBI is involved and has warned the Navajo Tribal cops off. Lucky for him, he finds that the shooting is related to the disappearance of a Navajo girl that he's already been investigating. Excellent as always.
Eric Layton
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another good one. :)
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
Read as an audio book.

I really enjoyed this installment. These books just flow for me - they aren't action packed, there aren't high speed car chases, there aren't any gun battles with glass exploding everywhere, there aren't any huge explosions hurling cars and people topsy-turvy. These are thoughtful "thinking" mysteries, where our protagonist, Jim Chee, has to reason out what happened, why it happened, and who might have done it.

In The Ghostway, Chee is struggling with Mary Landon, his girl
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Ghostway" is the sixth book in Tony Hillerman's delightful Navajo mystery series. I have read over half of them, but I recently decided to start over "at the beginning" with Hillerman's entire Navajo mystery series. This one features our Navajo Tribal policeman young Jim Chee working to solve the crime. As before, the Navajo cultural descriptions are simply fascinating, as is Hillerman's description of Southwestern America. This book and series is set in the Four Corner area of New Mexico. ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in crime, murder mysteries, Native American culture
In high school I was basically obsessed with Tony Hillerman books. Not really sure why, but I was. I tried to read all of his books in my school's library. The only thing I didn't like what I couldn't really figure out the order of the books, and so I read them out of order.
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
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This purports to be book 6 in the Leaphorn/Chee series, and book 3 of the Chee series. Certainly by publication date, that is all true. However, by story line, this is definitely book 2 of the Chee series. In book 1 he meets Mary Landon and falls for her. In book 2 there is no mention of her and he is living in his trailer alone. Then in this book he is having problems in the relationship and is trying t figure out how to work them out. As far as that relationship is concerned the two books shou ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Joe Chee is a policeman with the Navajo Tribal Police near Shiprock,New Mexico. There is a shoot out in town (yes, this is the west....not the old west). One is murdered, the other shot and he drives off. So where did he go? Chee traces him down to a hogan in the middle of nowhere. He finds the man dead and buried, but just sort of in the Navajo way. Plus the old man who owns the hogan is not there. Where is he? This story even takes Chee to LA. Woven through this book is
a continuation of the
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Michele
I was in the Deschutes County Library in Redmond, OR and needed to find a book to read on the train trip home. I found a bunch of Hillerman and I've enjoyed many of the Navajo Mystery books in the past. I found this one, which I hadn't read, yet. Score!

This is probably one of my favorites of the Navajo Mystery series' books I've read to date. Since I've read them out of order, it's difficult to write about character growth, but, as I've found in the other books in the series, the main character
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It had some Navajo cultural backgrounds that were fun to learn about.It was a murder mystery.Two men pulled into the wash o-mat. One man was shot and the they both drove off. The man shot was later found dead! Jim Chee, of the Navajo Tribal Police is out on the hunt for the killer and a runaway girl who is related to the dead man! Will he find her? we he find the killer? You'll have to findout!

I loved this book because I love Navajo culter and murder mysteries. It was so good!
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
In which Tribal Policeman Jim Chee is pondering his relationsip with friend Mary Landon and whether he really wants to join the FBI and leave Navajo country, is sent to find a missing teenage girl, discovers a man wanted in connection to a shooting in the Wash-o-mat parking lot, dead in an elder’s hogan and the elder is missing. His hunt takes him to LA and back, into the death Hogan despite his cultural taboos and in a fight with a hired killer. A tale of murder and revenge, this was an early H ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.
Oct 21, 2016 marked it as considering
I was trying to decide whether to work forward or back in this series but Carmen has me convinced I would find Chee's girlfriend, Mary Landon just as annoying as Susan Silverman--P.I. Spenser's significant other. So that decides me! I'm moving on from Skinwalkers (view spoiler) to Number 8, A Thief of Time.
Scott Whitney
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely my guilty pleasure read for Spring Break. Now it is time to get back to reading things for my classroom and classes. I really like this series and the way things are put forward in the series. The action is good and the mystery is nice to try and get your head around before you get to the final chapter.
Marie Fouhey
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is all over the place. It starts out with a disagreeable heroine moving back to a small town filled with obnoxious and preposterous characters. The tone is very jokey. Then the book climaxes with a Columbine style massacre at the local highschool and an episode straight out of the book Sybil that explains and solves all the heroine's problems.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Hillerman novel about Jim Chee is like having a long conversation with someone who very clearly and patiently explains his amazingly simple yet all-encompassing world view. Delightful, broadening, humbling.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This is one of his better books. Lots of descriptions of Navajo traditions, customs, and beliefs, and some observations on interaction between traditional people and big city life. And just a little whining about Jim Chee's love life.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read all the Hillerman, and enjoyed all. I also found them more compelling when they could take me out of life in suburban New Jersey, than here where I am already surrounded by beautiful trees and mountains.
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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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