Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman

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Three shotgun blasts explode into the trailer of Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. But Chee survives to join partner Lt. Joe Leaphorn in a frightening investigation that takes them into a dark world of ritual, witchcraft, and blood—all tied to the elusive and evil "skinwalker." Brimming with Navajo lore and sizzling suspense, Skinwalkers brings Chee and Leaphorn, Hillerman's bestselling detective team, together for the first time.


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 October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Westerns, History. Fiction

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(There have even been complaints about Chee's shaman-izing--from the selfless doctor who heads a highly effective local clinic, mixing medicine with some pseudo-mysticism.) It soon becomes clear, however, that Chee's mystical knowledge is crucial to the investigation--since all the murder-victims...

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A second attempt on Chee bolsters Leaphorn's suspicion since Chee is an aspiring shaman.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Having never read Tony Hillerman, but having read many reviews and interviews with him, I am familiar enough with his work to write about him, one would suppose, but at the same time, it is also daunting.

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After two more Leaphorn mysteries, Hillerman wrote his first about Chee, a young Navajo officer.

Nov 22 2002 | Read Full Review of Skinwalkers

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Based on a book of the same name, Tony Hillerman's "Skinwalkers," the story takes place in the American Southwest and features two members of the Navajo Tribal Police, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, who must work together to solve a case involving the murders of several Navajo healers.

Nov 23 2002 | Read Full Review of Skinwalkers

Just because a book is a little older doesn't diminish its Dude Appeal. Originally published in 1986, Skinwalkers was the 7th of Hillerman's 18 well-received novels in the "Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn" series, though chronologically first. Each book reinforces the others by strengthening existing threa...

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