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Skeleton Man (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels)
Skeleton Man - Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels
Author: Tony Hillerman
Hailed as "a wonderful storyteller" by the New York Times, and a "national and literary cultural sensation" by the Los Angeles Times, bestselling author Tony Hillerman is back with another blockbuster novel featuring the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee. Former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn com...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060563448
ISBN-10: 0060563443
Publication Date: 12/1/2004
Pages: 256
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 120 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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I recommend this book. But i just really do enjoy these characters. having spent time in the greater four corners region in my High School Years, living in Mancos, Colo near Mesa Verde Park. I find these series of stories fulfilling for landscape descriptions as well as area based excellently plotted, complete adventure-mysteries involving the ancient and modern worlds of the region. The folks that made the awards to Mr. Hillerman did a good job in their selecting him for the praise. Heck, I alone have enjoyed these books enough
have made the his efforts worthwhile. This one, too, lives up to Mr. Hillermans' high standards.
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In MWA Grandmaster Hillerman's sterling 17th Chee/Leaphorn novel, a 1956 collision between passenger planes high above the Grand Canyon leaves a courier's arm and attached diamond-filled security case unaccounted for after almost half a century. Enter retired Navajo Tribal Police Lt. Joe Leaphorn, who must try to connect the dots between an old robbery involving a valuable diamond and a more recent crime involving another diamond, both of which may somehow be related to the plane-crash jewels. The puzzle soon draws in fellow Navajo officer Sgt. Jim Chee and former cop Bernie Manuelito, Chee's soon-to-be bride. Billy Tuve, a cousin of Chee's lawman buddy Cowboy Dashee, is arrested after trying to pawn a gem believed to have come from the more recent robbery. Dashee enlists Chee's help to verify Tuve's story of a mysterious old man who gave him the jewel during a journey to a canyon-bottom shrine. But the good guys soon learn there are plenty more people in the hunt, and some will stop at nothing to get what they're after. The stakes are high and the danger escalates clear through to the final pages. Hillerman continues to shine as the best of the West.
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This is a bit fluffier of reading than most of Hillerman's. It just didn't seem to have the depth his writing usually does--a somewhat superficial telling of the tale. This is probably not helped by the introduction/ending being Leaphorn talking to his buddies--interesting idea, glad Hillerman didn't make it a habit. In some ways, the book seems mostly an introduction, then it's an end. A good end, but I just started to feel things were happening when it showed up.

Watching Chee & Bernie navigate new interaction territories (engaged rather than supervisor/employee) was nice. I'm hoping there is another book after this one because I'd like to see that continue (and I just like Bernie as a character).

This book was interesting in the clear bad guys, the clear good guys, and the not really either woman in the center. Her character was consistent, but it results in being unable to pigeon-hole her.

Nice light Hillerman. Enjoy!
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Former Navajo Tribal Police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn comes out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a trading post robbery. A simpleminded kid nailed for the crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim Chee. He needs help, and Chee and his fiancee, Bernie Manuelito, decide to provide it.
Proving the kid's innocence requires finding the remains of one of 172 people whose bodies were scattered among the cliffs of the Grand Canyon in an epic airline disaster fifty years in the past. The passenger had handcuffed to his wrist an attache case filled with a fortune in diamonds-one which seems to have turned up in the robbery.
But the Hillerman, it can't be that simple. The daughter of that long-dead diamond dealer is also seeking his body. So is a most unpleasant fellow, willing to kill to make sure she doesn't succed. These two tense tales collide deep in the canyon at the place where the old man died trying to build a cult reviving reverence for the Hopi guardian of the Underworld. It's a race to the finish in a thunderous monsoon to see who will survive, who will be brought to justice, and who will finally unearth the Skeleton Man.
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Another good Hillerman tale. Leaphorn comes out of retirement to help solve a crime involving Chee's simpleminded cousin.

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