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The Wailing Wind (Leaphorn & Chee, Bk 15) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
The Wailing Wind - Leaphorn & Chee, Bk 15 - Audio Cassette - Unabridged
Author: Tony Hillerman, George Guidall (Narrator)
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ISBN-13: 9780694523481
ISBN-10: 0694523488
Publication Date: 5/1/2002
Edition: Unabridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: HarperAudio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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It is hard to go wrong with Hillerman. I have read most of the Leaphorn/Chee books now and not in the right order and I STILL enjoy getting one I haven't seen.
There is a spare, taut quality to the writing that reminds me of the desert itself.
I enjoy them all!
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Another great Jim Chee - Joe Leaphorn mystery. Great plot, fascinating characters, and a lot of information about Native American lore and customs.
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In my humble opinion, this is the best story of the series. It is a haunting tale that stays with you long after you finish reading it. All of Hillerman's Chee/Leaphorn stories are filled with Navajo flavor, mystery, and great characters. If you have not discovered this wonderful author, You are missing one terrific yarn spinner.
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Another excellent Hillerman book. Particularly always enjoy his descriptions of Navajo culture and religion.
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A lost gold mine, a corpse in an abandoned pickup truck, and an eerie wailing heard on Halloween are among the delicious plot elements Tony Hillerman cooks up in his 15th novel featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The two Navajo cops, one old and one young--who originally debuted in separate series but have been collaborating for many books now--are among the most engaging, fully human characters in crime fiction. As usual, Hillerman puts them to work in a suspenseful, satisfying tale that integrates a wealth of Navajo lore plus breathtaking evocations of the American Southwest, all delivered in prose as clear, clean, and easy-flowing as a mountain stream. Longtime readers will be delighted by several developments, including a prominent role for the appealing Officer Bernadette Manuelito and a glimpse at the phlegmatic Leaphorn's testy side. But Hillerman welcomes new arrivals as well, with enough exposition to get you oriented.
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Everything Hillerman writes is both entertaining and educational. Great book!
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"Grade A...thrilling, chilling...another Hillerman treasure...We couldn't do better for a true voice of the West." Denver Rocky Mountain News. Sgt. Jim Chee and former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn are joined by officer Bernadette Manuelito in this Navajo adventure.
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A haunting tale of obsessive greed, of lost love and murder, as only Tony Hillerman can write. This is his best book yet.
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Tony Hillerman has created some great characters. Those plus his giving you a view of lives and culture that we know so little about. Another very good Hillerman.
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This was the first book by Tony Hillerman that I have read. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Wailing Wind was a quick read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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I love all the Tony Hillerman books... fascinating insights into Native American culture, great scenic descriptions, characters you care about, interesting and captivating plots.
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Definitely not the best mystery I've ever read. Probably won't read anything else by this author. It just didn't capture my attention for very long.
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An excellent Hillerman--and since Hillerman's are usually quite good that's saying a lot.

I am very glad to see a lot of Bernie in this book. She's a latecomer to the series, but one of my favorite characters, and a good balance for the other two.

The story was interwoven wonderfully, tying old & new cases & odd happens that rattle around old cop's minds together well. Sometimes it seems that Hillerman stretches a bit to bring Leaphorn in, but not in this one.

I don't think I'll read it again, though. The ending, while everything is explained, is a bit too sad for me. Good to read once, but not one I want to pick up again.
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Tony Hillerman has created interesting and complex characters that I enjoy following in his novels. When Bernadette Manuelito finds a dead man in a pickup in a dry gulch she assumes he died of a heart attack. Because of her inexperience as a new policeman she missed the real cause of death. As a result she doubts her ability in police work and so do others. However, her boss, Sgt. Jim Chee, believes in her. The problem is that he is also attracted to this young woman and finds it difficult to separate his feelings from his judgment of her abilities. Enter retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn who trained Chee who also believes in Bernadette's abilities. All are investigating the crime but is Leaphorn who finds a link that may help solve the crime. I enjoyed this fast paced little mystery. For me, it was good read.
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excellent story.
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A lost gold mine, a corpse in an abandoned pickup truck, and an eerie wailing heard on Halloween are among the delicious plot elements Tony Hillerman cooks up in his 15th novel featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The two Navajo cops, one old and one young--who originally debuted in separate series but have been collaborating for many books now--are among the most engaging, fully human characters in crime fiction. As usual, Hillerman puts them to work in a suspenseful, satisfying tale that integrates a wealth of Navajo lore plus breathtaking evocations of the American Southwest, all delivered in prose as clear, clean, and easy-flowing as a mountain stream. Longtime readers will be delighted by several developments, including a prominent role for the appealing Officer Bernadette Manuelito and a glimpse at the phlegmatic Leaphorn's testy side. But Hillerman welcomes new arrivals as well, with enough exposition to get you oriented.

Many writers have tried to follow Hillerman's trail, setting murder mysteries in Native American cultural landscapes. Many do a fine job. But, as The Wailing Wind beautifully demonstrates, there's only one Tony Hillerman. In this book he's at the top of his game. --Nicholas H. Allison
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good Hillerman with twists and his popular characters
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a vey good book about the Navajo's and Sgt jim chyee of the Navajo tribal police
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Classic Hillerman a good read
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If you like mysteries and your like the Southwest then you have to read Tony Hillerman. Its just the right amount of easy read, have to think a little book to get you through those hot summer nights.
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Rookie Navaho police officer Bernadette Manuelito is making her round when she spots what looks to be an abandoned truck. Upon closer inspection she finds what appears to be a drunk sleeping it off in the seat. Yep you guessed it when she touched him he was cold, dead cold. - from amazon.com review
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Amazon.com
A lost gold mine, a corpse in an abandoned pickup truck, and an eerie wailing heard on Halloween are among the delicious plot elements Tony Hillerman cooks up in his 15th novel featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The two Navajo cops, one old and one young--who originally debuted in separate series but have been collaborating for many books now--are among the most engaging, fully human characters in crime fiction. As usual, Hillerman puts them to work in a suspenseful, satisfying tale that integrates a wealth of Navajo lore plus breathtaking evocations of the American Southwest, all delivered in prose as clear, clean, and easy-flowing as a mountain stream. Longtime readers will be delighted by several developments, including a prominent role for the appealing Officer Bernadette Manuelito and a glimpse at the phlegmatic Leaphorn's testy side. But Hillerman welcomes new arrivals as well, with enough exposition to get you oriented.
Many writers have tried to follow Hillerman's trail, setting murder mysteries in Native American cultural landscapes. Many do a fine job. But, as The Wailing Wind beautifully demonstrates, there's only one Tony Hillerman. In this book he's at the top of his game. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
The 15th Chee/Leaphorn mystery (after 1999's relatively weak Hunting Badger) finds MWA Grand Master Hillerman back at the top of his form as his two Navajo peace officers look into both a past and present mystery. Religious fervency and single-minded greed become strange but necessary bedfellows in a plot filled, as always, with insights into the lives and beliefs of the "Dineh." When an abandoned pickup truck turns out to contain one very dead white man, Sgt. Jim Chee's instincts lead him to bring retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn into the case. Leaphorn's trademark curiosity sends him in search of possible links between this homicide and another two years earlier. The first murder occurred on Halloween day when Wiley Denton supposedly shot Marvin McKay in self-defense after McKay tried to sell him bogus information about an old gold mine. That same day Denton's wife, Linda, disappeared; she has never been heard from again. Leaphorn's recollection of what had been shrugged off as a Halloween prank out at old Fort Wingate now becomes the itch he has to scratch. It seems a group of teens shortcutting across the area had endured a close call with La Llorana, a mythical wailing woman. The information he gathers adds yet another piece to the puzzle of the missing Linda. Chee is up to his elbows in not only the investigation but also in sorting through his growing emotional confusion about the beautiful Bernadette Manuelito. The seemingly insignificant turns critical and the loose ends tie up in one tidy conclusion as Hillerman repeatedly shines in this masterfully complex new novel.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Love all of the Tony Hillerman books.
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An easy and enjoyable read. Good narrator
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Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road -- with a rich ex-con's phone number in his pocket ... and a tobacco tin nearly filled with tracer gold. It's her initial mishandling of the scene that spell trouble for her supervisor, Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police -- but it's the echoes of a long ago crime that call the legendary former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement. Years earlier, Leaphorn followed the trail of a beautiful, young, and missing wife to a dead end, and his failure has haunted him ever since. But ghosts never sleep in these high, lonely Southwestern hills. And the twisted threads of craven murders past and current may finally be coming together, thanks to secrets once moaned in torment on the desert wind.
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Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road--with a rich ex-con's phone number in his pocket...and a tobacco tin nearby filled with tracer gold. It's her initial mishandling of the scene that spells trouble for her supervisor, Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police--but it's the echoes of a long ago crime that call the legendary former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement. Years earlier, Leaphorn followed the trail of a beautiful, young, and missing wife to a dead end, and his failure has haunted himever since. But ghosts never sleep in these high, lonely Southwestern hills. And the twisted threads of craven murders past and current may finally be coming together, thanks to secrets once moaned in torment on the desert wind. (back cover
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
To Officer Bernie Manuelito, the man curled on the truck seat was just another drunkwhich got Bernie in trouble for mishandling a murder scenewhich got Sgt. Jim Chee in trouble with the FBIwhich drew ex-Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement into an old crime he longed to forget. Legends of the area's lost gold mines join the mountains and canyons of the Navajo Reservation as an important part of Hillerman's plot, but his tale turns on an obsessive love and memories of a missing woman's voice wailing in the darkness. An evocative novel by a master at the top of his form.
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Oooh. Such a story of poetic justice!
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I read it years ago but didn't recognize the title. I think I may have read all his books already.
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Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road. It's her initial mishandling of the scene that spells trouble for her supervisor, Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, but it's the echoes of a long-ago crime that call the legendary former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement. Years earlier, Leaphorn followed the trail of a beautiful, young, and missing wife to a dead end, and his failure has haunted him ever since. But ghosts never sleep in these high, lonely Southwestern hills. And the twisted threads of craven murders past and current may finally be coming together, thanks to secrets once moaned in torment on the desert wind.
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Greed, lost love, murder
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Navajo police officer, now Sgt.Jim Chee come to the aid of a department's officer, Bernadette Manuelito who found a dead man abandoned in a dry gulch and potches the crime scene...
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My husband is a Hillerman fanatic!
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This book was given to me when I moved to New Mexico, but I'm just not that into fiction. The person who gave it to me said it was a great read, but like I said. . . Sorry I can't tell you more!