Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman
(Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels)

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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 comes out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a trading post robbery. A simple-minded kid nailed for the crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim Chee. He needs help and Chee, and his fiancée 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 50 years in the past. That passenger had handcuffed to his wrist an attaché case filled with a fortune in—one of which seems to have turned up in the robbery.

But with Hillerman, it can't be that simple. The daughter of the long-dead diamond dealer is also seeking his body. So is a most unpleasant fellow willing to kill to make sure she doesn't succeed. These two tense tales collide deep in the canyon at the place where an 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 storm to see who will survive, who will be brought to justice, and who will finally unearth the Skeleton Man.


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 December 1, 2004 by Harper. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jim Chee of the NTP (The Sinister Pig, 2003, etc.) sort out Billy’s and Shorty’s wild tales of how they acquired the diamonds, it becomes clear that three separate parties will be converging on the floor of the Grand Canyon.

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Book Reporter

The grand old man of American mystery writing, Tony Hillerman, brings our old friend Joe Leaphorn out of retirement to help his one-time protégé, Jim Chee, solve a half-century old mystery.

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Entertainment Weekly

A cache of diamonds, the search for an arm separated from its dead owner for nearly 50 years, and a monsoon in the Grand Canyon are only some of the elements that make such a treat of Tony Hillerman's new mystery (featuring series regulars Lieut.

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Reviewing the Evidence

He is arrested on suspicion of theft, but when news that one of the Craig diamonds had been recovered reaches Joanna, she flies out determined to do whatever it takes to find her father's bones.

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Billy Tuve, a member of the Hopi tribe, is arrested for trying to sell a $20,000 diamond for $20.

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Marilyn Stasio Entertainment Weekly 3.5 of 5 Stars "The story is satisfying, but Hillerman’s gift for characterization—not to mention his penchant for illuminating arcane aspects of Native American culture and customs—puts the real meat on Skeleton Man."

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If you've never read any of Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn - Jim Chee mysteries or seen any of the televised versions of these stories, you may be a slight disadvantage as you'll not know the full background of Leaphorn and Chee, nor the cultural background of the Navajos that Hillerman has expounded u...

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