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The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman

The Shape Shifter (2006)

by Tony Hillerman

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Retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is called upon once again to solve a crime. This time it's Joe's last case, a case that remains unsolved and contines to haunt him.



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Retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn is drawn into a mystery involving the history of a tale teller woven rug. The rug is supposed to be cursed with ill will. This old rug was supposed to have been burned in a fire long ago, in fact, it was a case Leaphorn worked on and thought was closed. Now new clues keep popping up, along with his uneasy conscience about that old case, to make him investigate.

Any book with Leaphorn in it is a good read, but this one isn't perhaps as good as some of the earlier novels. The southwest world is still delicious in its descriptions, and the characters are interesting, but I noticed several continuity issues, and the mystery wasn't difficult. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 11, 2019 |
Retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is called upon once again to solve a crime.
  JRCornell | Dec 8, 2018 |
Tony Hillerman does it again. I'm such a fan. I want to have lunch with Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Great characters, gradually unfolding mystery, a truly evil guy, and the best part, a powerful evocation of a place and a people. And Jim Chee finally got married! ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
Amazon Description: 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.

Shape-shifters are the witches and evil-doers of the Navajo.
Leaphorn looks back on case that was “solved” by the FBI, but he and other sheriffs were left with questions, and this is the story of how he told it to Jim and Bernie Chee. Great Read! ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 30, 2018 |
[Spoiler alert]: Having recently read 'People of Darkness', I was predisposed to figure out that this was another identity masquerade. I liked the story but found the plot construction of a character brought over from Vietnam and trained in service too far-fetched. Implausible plot lines tend to lift me out of mystery stories too much (compared to fantasies, where I can go with the flow). Otherwise, this was a good Hillerman tale and part of the southwest Navajo genre that I enjoy. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 6, 2018 |
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This book is dedicated to Anne Margaret, Janet Marie, Anthony Grove, Jr., Steven August, Monica Mary, and Daniel Bernard listed in order of the date they arrived to brighten our lives.
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Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, retired, stopped his pickup about a hundred yards short of where he had intended to park, turned off the ignition, stared at Sergeant Jim Chee's trailer home, and reconsidered his tactics.
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