another great book from tony hillerman with joe leaphorn and jim chee. i enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put it down.
who do the bones belong to that were found under the peak of ship rock mountain. could these bones be the missing ones of the man who disappeared 11 years ago. why would an old navajo canyon guide be shot at 300 miles from ship rock.retired joe leaphorn learns of the above information and wonders if these are pieces of a puzzle he couldn't solve 11 years ago. jim chee doesn't think these two incidents are related at all but when something occurs close to home he and joe leaphorn work together to solve this mystery.
Jim Chee & Joe Leaphorn novel. Former is now a Lt (and not real thrilled about the paperwork), latter is now retired (and not real sure about it either).
This was a really good Hillerman. He intertwines the characters, who never quite work together but cross paths, often intentionally. It was also a turning point between Chee & Janet Pete, which was well handled. Bernie appears here too--maybe for the first time? I did enjoy her part of the story, even if she was mostly working on a side-plot--but that's one of the joys of Hillerman. He has side plots which never directly impact the main plot, but do contribute to the character's involvement, and provide a depth to the story. Things are going on other than just the main plot, that impact characters but maybe not directly the plot.
Detangling the Fallen Man puzzle was interesting, especially the final solution & motivation. The ending reminded me of a quote attributed to a Navajo about Hillerman's books--"In his books, we win." The ending was good, I did like it, but it also showed the character of the "bad" guy, and confirmed his motivation.
Good book! Hillerman is usually good, and this is a good Hillerman!
Hillerman once again takes the reader on a smooth paced trip along a winding path following pieces and clues where they may lead. watching the minds of Leaphorn and Chee as they start on two different trails and cross over at several places to come together in the end with the answers that we sought all along.
Bring the beatuy and mysterery of the Southwest to vivid life once again, Tony Hillerman has reunited Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee in an evocative mystery in which the past and the present join forces in a most unholy union.
Navajo policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee have to find out how and why he had climbed the sacred mountain, SHIP ROCK, and whey he had been killed there, almost seventeen hundred feet above the desert floor?
Former Lt. Leaphorn is retired from the force but working freelance. Chee is now Lieutenant and not sure he's happy about it. In this installment of Hillerman's popular series, the body of a rock climber is found on Ship Rock. Everyone assumes it must be that of a climber who disappeared a decade earlier, an accidental death. But was it?
Hillerman's books are always exciting and let us share in the world of the Navajo Reservation today. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are an excellent detective team weaving the threads of the past and the present Navaho lives and ideals until the case is solved.
From the back of the box: Hundreds of thousands of devotees will cheer the return of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee in Tony Hillerman's most intricate and atmospheric novel yet. The Navajo policemen, whose exploits are now published in 16 languages, are brought together by the death of a man on Ship Rock, almost 1700 feet above the desert floor.
The fallen man had sprawled on the ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain for eleven years - visited only by the ravens who had picked his bones bare and scattered his rock-climbing gear.
Through the memory of those who had known him, emerges an understanding of the fallen man, who had been given everything and found that it was not enough.
The Fallen Man is replete with Hillerman trademarks - ingeniously intricate plotting, splendid evocations of the Southwest's harsh beauty, insights into a venerable culture, and subtly poignant characterizations.
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Legions of devotees will cheer the return of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee in Tony Hillerman's most intricate and atmospheric novel yet. The Navajo policemen whose exploits are now published in sixteen languages are brought together by the need to know how a man met his death on Ship Rock, almost seventeen hundred feet above the desert floor. Why had he climbed this mountain sacred to Navajos and why had he been killed there - or, even worse, left to die a lonely death? The fallen man lay sprawled on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain for eleven years - visited only by the ravens that had picked his bones clean and scattered his rock-climbing gear. That peaceful period ended, appropriately, on Halloween, when a climbing party stumbled upon his bones and began a chain of events that would ultimately link Leaphorn and Chee. As Chee and Leaphorn join to investigate why the fallen man fell, they set off across the high desert landscape of the Navajo reservation and into the lives of a rookie cop who is smarter than anyone thinks, a lonely woman who takes up her father's hobby of watching a mountain, a cattle-brand inspector who demonstrates that cows are even more curious than cats, a banker who knows her depositors' private lives as well as their balance sheets, a widow who loves one man too many, and the people who defy death on the towering cliffs of a sacred peak.
sprawled on a ledge under the peak of ship rock mountain for eleven years lies an unknown body,now only bones.at canyon de chelly,three hundred miles across the navajo reservation,a sniper shoots an old canyon guide who had always walked that pollen path in peace.at his home in window rock,joe leaphorn, newly retired from the navajo tribal police,connects skelton and sniper,and reembers an old puzzle he could never solve .at his office in shiprock,action leeutenant jim chee is too busy to take much interest in the case-until it hits to close to home