The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman

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Retirement has never sat well with former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Now the ghosts of a still-unsolved case are returning to haunt him, reawakened by a photograph in a magazine spread of a one-of-a-kind Navajo rug, a priceless work of woven art that was supposedly destroyed in a suspicious fire many years earlier. The rug, commemorating one of the darkest and most terrible chapters in American history, was always said to be cursed, and now the friend who brought it to Leaphorn's attention has mysteriously gone missing.

With newly wedded officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito just back from their honeymoon, the legendary ex-lawman is on his own to pick up the threads of a crime he'd once thought impossible to untangle. And they're leading him back into a world of lethal greed, shifting truths, and changing faces, where a cold-blooded killer still resides.


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. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lt. Joe Leaphorn, who can't seem to stay retired, investigates a case that takes him back to his earliest days with the Navajo Tribal Police.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Shape Shifter

Entertainment Weekly

In veteran mystery writer Tony Hillerman's latest Joe Leaphorn novel, the retired and rather bored ex-Navajo tribal police officer rushes to investigate the disappearance of an old acquaintance.

Nov 17 2006 | Read Full Review of The Shape Shifter

Gather Books

I have been reading Tony Hillerman's Navajo mysteries for years.

Apr 11 2008 | Read Full Review of The Shape Shifter

Bookmarks Magazine

Careful readers may solve the mystery before Leaphorn, but the wonder of this novel lies in the way in which Leaphorn reaches the, perhaps, inevitable conclusion.

Aug 21 2007 | Read Full Review of The Shape Shifter

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