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The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
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May 06, 2012

really liked it
Read from November 28 to December 01, 2012

"The Blessing Way" is the first in Tony Hillerman's 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officer Joe Leaphorn, and later also Jim Chee. The book starts of with murder and the disappearance of Luis Horseman who thinks he has murdered someone and takes off for a lonely corner of the Navajo tribal lands. Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn sets off to find him, but what he finds is an even bigger mystery. Discovered in a high lonely place, he finds is a body - a corpse with a mouth full of sand - abandoned at a scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Against his better judgment, Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer - a Wolf-Witch. Leaphorn, a Navajo "Law and Order" officer with a college education, must sift through the facts and the superstitions of witchcraft to understand and to solve the Navajo's death.

Tony Hillerman's strengths are found in his atmosphere of the southwest region, his knowledge and understanding of the Navajo culture and religion, and the authenticity he creates. The geographical settings he creates are harsh and spectacular, and yet dangerous. His characterization is appealing and realistic; thus he creates a book, "The Blessing Way," and mystery series that is worthy of reading.

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