Joe Leaphorn's got his own problems, this book is filled with his worries and concerns with his wife Emma, who is rapidly succumbing to the demon Alzheimer's. He wanted belagana cat to become natural cat. Ultimately, the killer turns out to be a doctor who runs the local clinic. I never thought I'd say this, but oh my word, this book made me homesick! He gives you just enough so that you need to read the other novels to find out what happens with Emma Leaphorn's wife who has been ill and with Mary Landon Chee's long distance relationship that seems to be fizzling out and Janet Pete a lawyer and Chee's possible new love interest. Soon both McKee and Leaphorn are in danger as they investigate the disappearance of an electronics expert. Then someone makes an attempt on Jim Chee's life, and the two work together for the first time to solve these crimes.
The whole cat subplot is very cute. It's the second Hillerman I've read, and I'm hooked. On the plus side, Chee is checking out Janet Pete's legs. Someone is killing medicine men on the reservation. This book was one of several novels read for a class I took in which we discussed mystery novels. Yellowhorse filed a complaint against Jim Chee, a Navajo officer who was shot at in the night, and Leaphorn passed it off as nothing.
Yellowhorse was cheating by claiming reimbursements months after patients died at the clinic or went home healthy, so she had to be killed. When the movie airs, it will mark the end of a long journey for one of Hillerman's staunchest supporters,. The Navajo series was his most notable work. I loved that Skinwalkers explored the the Southwest in a way that felt both really familiar, but also exposed me to details of Navajo culture that were new and fascinating. As you are reading their journey through their investigation, you learn about what the Navajo beliefs are on wit Am just beginning yet another mystery that will be totally engrossing. They should also be read in order, but with reasonable breaks between them, as there is a fair amount of repeating background information.
Chee and Leaphorn's efforts to solve the seemingly unrelated individual crimes leave them with clues that point toward one suspect, in this suspenseful mystery. Hillerman takes us down a road of mystery and mysticism that both tells the reader a bit about Navajo tradition and compels us to read on. Skinwalkers is one of Hillerman's finest pairings of young Navajo Tribal Police Officer, Jim Chee, and the legendary Lt. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and amaze you with unexpected twists. As a follower of Navajo traditions, Chee is also a practicing shaman, in his spare time when he is not chasing down supernatural mysteries with Joe Leaphorn. Three shotgun blasts tear holes in the trailer just above the bed where Chee was sleeping moments before.
Skinwalkers is one of Hillerman's finest pairings of young Navajo Tribal Police Officer, Jim Chee, and the legendary Lt. Even though the people are fictitious, the Shiprock and Window Rock areas are depicted realistically and everything in this book is consistent with the people of this region. They're not spectacular literature, but they remind me of the desert Southwest - kind of like Nevada Barr, only not quite as descriptive - you probably need to have visited the area for the novels to be particularly evocative of it. My reaction when it was over was mixed. As I read this book I was reminded of similar authors; like Clive Cussler and Rudolfo Anaya.
Yellowhorse assumed Chee would figure out his scheme as Irma Onesalt had. It was here that he developed an understanding and appreciation of the Native American culture which influenced the subject matter of his books. This is simply a great read, full of description of the Four Corners landscape, which is interwoven with the traditions of the Navajo. Jim Chee, a young reservation law enforcement officer who struggles to find balance between the traditional ways of the Navajo and the white man's world. He made me love that southwest landscape, with his words. Though they've been copied, no one has ever quite blended Native American beliefs and traditions, with modern day mystery in the same entertaining way at which Hillerman was so skilled.
This is my first dip into Hillerman's mystery series featuring Lt. That being said, this book did a very good job of weaving in the Navajo traditions and beliefs into the actual story. My papi was the same way. It still saddens me that this fine story teller is gone. Although Hillerman himself is not Navajo, he did extensive research to capture the essence of the Navajo culture.
Some of the Hillerman books are only very tacitly related to the actual Navajo anthropology, but Skinwalkers managed to make it a natural and significant part of the plot. The other is from a client for a Blessing Way ceremony, a pleasing prospect. Leaphorn was more worried about his wife rightfully so then he was about actually catching a murderer on the reservation. The plots take place on the Navajo Reservation, usually involving murder. There are other murders which compounds the mystery: Who tried to kill Jim Chee? Both Leaphorn and Chee are wonderful characters and a pleasure to be with.