Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
(A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel)

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5 Critic Reviews

The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that will reward long-term readers.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings.

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.

But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.

Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.

Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman.

 

About Anne Hillerman

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Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter, the author of several non-fiction books, and the daughter of New York Times bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman. She lives in Santa Fe. This is her first novel.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Harper. 304 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Song of the Lion
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Kirkus

Good
on Feb 05 2017

The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that will reward long-term readers.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 19 2017

Though seasoned mystery readers may guess the perpetrator before the tense denouement, the book offers insights on the strength of family ties and the possibilities of redemption after a history of pain.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Peter Riva on May 15 2017

Song of the Lion is a modern western in every sense and, as such, continues a fine tradition. Ms. Hillerman has the talent and clearly an understanding of the real West and its peoples to further this series—and readers will surely hope she does.

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Above average
Reviewed by Marcie Everhart on May 28 2017

I am drawn into how “quiet,” almost gentle, this novel is. The repetition of phrases, description of the land and terse, stoic dialogue are soft and mesmerizing, like a chant ... which can turn boring at times.

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Santa Fe New Mexican

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Levin on Apr 07 2017

Her relationship with Chee is one of equals, a model of respect that illustrates the essential kindness of the story. Though the novel makes a clear delineation between right and wrong, no one is painted as beyond redemption.

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