Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee have another mystery on their hands out in Navajo land. A scientist disappears from an Anasazi ruin, people are getting horifically killed. Who (or what) is doing these awful murders?
Joe Leaphorn is the most imaginable and unforgettable person in this book, how he uses his heritage and history to solve the mysteries that surround the events is why I keep coming back to Tony Hillerman books. Worth the read.
Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police join forces in Hillerman's imaginative series on crimes occurring in or around the four corners country of the Southwest. Leaphorn and Chee track down a killer and along the way travel throughout the vast Navajo nation imparting arcane data on Native American pots, shards, and rituals.
Leaphorn and Chee's murder investigation touches on the "thieves of time;" those persons who desecrate and often destroy Native American archaeological sites in their fervor to collect ancient artifacts. The officers decipher clues leading to the identity of a killer who leaves bodies at Anasazi sites which have been looted. The interchange between Leaphorn and Chee, both said and unsaid, forms the main contrast in this book. Both men are interesting but Leaphorn is a more complex person; an aging Indian nearing the end of his career.
Known as the ancient ones, the Anasazi have been the subject of numerous studies by academia as to their origin and demise ranging from speculation to sober reality. The end result is conjecture although Hillerman is able to touch on the Anasazi lifestyle and history with a sure and steady hand.
There are more than 140,000 Native American sites registered within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Registration is required and approval is needed from the U. S. Government before digging can be undertaken by archaeologists at any of these sites. Unfortunately, the vast majority of sites are unidentified and thus unregistered. If they are identified, they are often unprotected and subject to vandalism by anyone.
Many of the unregistered sites are located on private land allowing the owner or others to remove aritifacts under cover of law. Some Indian artifact stores in the Southwest have knowingly bought stolen artifacts but the proof required to convict the owners is often lacking.
Hillerman introduces a reader to more than murder within the pages of his books. The various facets of the investigation opens the door to a reader's mind. Hillerman's main purpose is to educate a reader to the Navajo and Hopi tribes; their rituals, their people, and the gentle pace of their hard won existence.
A Thief of Time Tony Hillerman I bought this book from a thrift store not knowing who Tony Hillerman was. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. This is a great book. An anthropologist disappears and Navajo tribal policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee must solve the case. They soon discover that there is a lot more going on than just a missing Anthropologist. Anasazi tribe, Kokopelli (Watersprinkler) God of fertility. Grade 4.5/5
A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlight Indian ruin ravage sacred ground for profit.When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site,Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt.Joe Leaphorn and officer Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth the astonishing truth behind a mystifying series of horrific murders.
A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlit Indian ruin where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground for profit. when two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site, Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth the astonishing truth behind a mystifying series of horrific murders.
A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlit Indian ruin where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground for profit. When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site, Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth the astonishing truth behind a mystifying series of horrific murders.
When a noted anthropologist arrives on an ancient Ananazi Indain ruin to dig fot clay pots,she is at first angry to discover that the Pre-Navajo has been dispoiled, then terrified by what loomed out the darkness
This is the 8th in the series featuring Detective Leaphorn and Sgt Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, and definitely my favorite so far. Leaphorn, mourning the death of his wife Emma, has put in his retirement papers and is on terminal leave. To be polite, he goes along when invited to look into a claim of pot-hunting against a local archaeologist. Her colleagues are irate when they show up, because they reported the woman missing a week ago, no one has come, and they say they're pretty sure she wasn't stealing pots. Something about this case clicks with Leaphorn; he thinks about what his wife might have said about the woman and what she would have expected him to do. Sgt Jim Chee is smarting because a couple thieves got away with a bulldozer right under his nose, and he's determined to salvage his reputation. Of course these two things are connected, and soon it's apparent there's a huge theft of artifacts going on - but who's doing it, and where they are, that's the question. Hillerman is so good at setting a scene, and weaving a lot of seemingly unconnected incidents together. I loved Leaphorn's memories of Emma and how those sparked him to keep going with the case, ultimately deciding he's not ready to lie down just yet.