Coyote Waits by Tony Hillerman
(Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels)

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The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez—a bullet did. And the old man in possession of the murder weapon is a whiskey-soaked shaman named Ashie Pinto. Officer Jim Chee is devastated by the slaying of his good friend Del, and confounded by the prime suspect's refusal to utter a single word of confession or denial.

Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn believes there is much more to this outrage than what appears on the surface, as he and Jim Chee set out to unravel a complex weave of greed and death that involves a historical find and a lost fortune. But the hungry and mythical trickster Coyote is waiting, as always, in the shadows to add a strange and deadly new twist.


About Tony Hillerman

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Tony Hillerman (1925–2008) was an award-winning author and newspaperman, best known for his mystery novels set on the Navajo Nation. Don Strel, a photographer, has been published in numerous books and magazines. He has taught art and design at the university level and has served as the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico. He is currently the director of the Southwest Assignments photography, design and public relations agency, which he founded in 1991. Anne Hillerman is the founding director of Wordharvest Writers’ Workshops, a journalist, and author whose books include Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn. She is Tony Hillerman’s eldest daughter.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Westerns, Children's Books. Fiction

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Tribal Police Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee investigate the murder of a fellow Navajo policeman.

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The gun that kills Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez at the start of Tony Hillerman's latest (and characteristically satisfying) novel presents no mystery.

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Seemingly open-and-shut case proves anything but, as Chee, his superior Lt. Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi) and others discover.

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