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The Wailing Wind (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Tony Hillerman

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Title:The Wailing Wind
Authors:Tony Hillerman
Info:Harper (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Not a hard mystery, but I really like the voice of these books. Makes me want to meet these people..... ( )
  bgknighton | Apr 25, 2014 |
Another well written exploration of Navaho culture and territory by Hillerman. Leaphorn, now retired, and Chee work overlapping cases, while Chee falls in love with Bernadette. Reading on this CD version well done.
  ritaer | Mar 2, 2013 |
My first Tony Hillerman read. I liked the story line. ( )
  AdorableArlene | Oct 10, 2009 |
My favorite part of the books in the series, as they have gotten this far, is the character development. I am so enjoying how Chee and Leaphorn continue to expand their friendship - and seeing Chee finally 'get it' regarding the kind of woman he really wants, is nice too. The mystery was interesting but tragic too. The love of money can sure mess things up! ( )
  tjsjohanna | Aug 3, 2009 |
Like many of Hillerman’s mysteries, this begins with the discovery of a dead body. Bernie’s discovery starts a chain of events that connect one of Joe Leaphorn’s unsolved cases with the legend of a lost gold mine and a Navaho sacred site. Passion for lost gold and the love between and man and women added to this mix leads to the uncovering of a tragedy as well as the solution to the mystery. Nice detailed map of the area covered in the novel provided on the end pages ( )
  EssFair | Aug 21, 2008 |
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Officer Bernadette Manuelito had been having a busy day, enjoying most of it, and no longer feeling like the greenest rookie of the Navajo Tribal Police.
L'agente Bernadette Manuelito aveva avuto una giornata impegnativa ma, nel complesso, positiva e aveva smesso di sentirsi la recluta più inesperta dell'intera Polizia navajo.
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[...] una coppia navajo era uscita fuori arrabbiata,discutendo  ad alta voce.
"Guarda", aveva detto Nakai al nipote, "parlano entrambi, e a voce alta, ma nessuno dei due ascolta l'altro. Ricorda cosa ci ha insegnato Donna Cangiante: un tempo sapevamo parlare agli animali ma, quando diventammo completamente umani, essi non furono più in grado di capirci, perché ora avevamo le parole per parlare gli uni con gli altri delle questioni importanti. Ma dobbiamo imparare ad ascoltare".
Era stato mentre avevano assistito a un'accesa discussione tra un uomo e una donna che Nakai gli aveva illustrato il racconto della Separazione. Un tempo la gente viveva nei pressi di un fiume nel Terzo Mondo. Come cibo, gli uomini dovevano cacciare cervi, antilopi, conigli e tacchini, mentre le donne raccoglievano noci, radici e bacche. A un certo punto i due sessi diventarono infelici, ognuno di loro pensando che stava facendo più del dovuto. Le donne decisero che potevano vivere meglio senza gli uomini, e gli uomini dissero che non avevano bisogno delle donne. Così esse si costruirono un accampamento al di là del fiume. Ma poiché i due sessi scoprirono ben presto che senza l'altro c'era solo tristezza, decisero di tornare insieme.
Ecco uno dei diecimila motivi per cui aveva amato Emma: la possibilità di esporle i problemi e le preoccupazioni del suo lavoro e di scoprire, mentre parlava, mentre valutava le reazioni di lei, che la nebbia tendeva a diradarsi e che nuove prospettive venivano alla luce. Non avrebbe dovuto condividere con un'altra donna il legame speciale che aveva avuto con Emma. Ma con Louisa lo aveva già fatto, ed era un segno della sua debolezza. Aprì una pagina bianca sul bloc-notes, tirò fuori la penna e cominciò a disegnare.
Louisa rise. "Una cartina. Chissà perché sapevo già che ci sarebbe stata una cartina".
Leaphorn si ritrovò a sorridere. Era un'abitudine per cui veniva spesso preso in giro. Sulla parete del suo ufficio alla centrale della Polizia navajo campeggiava un ingrandimento della cartina del territorio indiano ddll'Associazione Automobilistica Americana. La cartina erq deturpata da centinaia di puntine, i cui colori stavano a significare incienti, avvenimenti o individui che il tenente considerava significativi. Le puntine ne rappresentavano i luoghi in cui si diceva fossero stati avvistati i cosiddetti "Lupi Navajo", o in cui erano state sporte denunce in relazione a riti di stregoneria compiuti da questi mitici skinwalker. Le puntine rosse segnalavano le abitazioni di famosi contrabbandieri, le blu i trafficanti di droga, le binache i ladri di bestiame e così via. Alcune venivano anche accompagnate da postille, che il tenente scriveva a caratteri minuscoli e precisi, altre si decodificavano attraverso simboli che solo lui poteva capire. Insomma, sembrava che chiunque lavorasse in polizia conoscesse quella cartina e le sue versioni rimpicciolite, che Leaphorn teneva in macchina e che localizzavano qualunque caso stesse trattando al momento.
"Non posso negarlo: le cartine mi piacciono" disse. "Mi aiutano a chiarire i pensieri".
"Quando ero molto più giovane, un vecchio zuni mi raccontò una loro leggenda in proposito. Due giovani cacciatori avevano salvato una libellula che era rimasta intrappolata nel fango. Come accade di solito in queste storie, essa concesse ai due di esprimere un desiderio. Uno disse che voleva diventare il più intelligente della terra, e la libellula rispose: "Così sia". Ma il secondo cacciatore disse che voleva diventare più intelligente dell'uomo più intelligente della terra..."
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"Così la libellula trasformò il secondo cacciatore in una donna" concluse lei, ridendo e facendogli un cenno col capo.
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Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road - with a rich ex-con['s phone number in his pocket ... and a tobacco tin nearby filled with tracer gold. It's her initial mishandling of the scene that spells trouble for her supervisor, Sgt Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police - but it's the echos of a long ago crime that call the legendary former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement. Years earlier, Leaphorn followed the trial of a beautiful, young and missing wife to a dead end, and his failure has haunted him ever since. But ghosts never sleep in these high, lonely Southwestern hills. And the twisted threads of craven murders past and current may finally be coming together, thanks to secrets once moaned in torment on the desert wind.
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A lost gold mine, a corpse in an abandoned pickup truck, and an eerie wailing heard on Halloween are among the delicious plot elements Tony Hillerman cooks up in his 15th novel featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The two Navajo cops, one old and one young--who originally debuted in separate series but have been collaborating for many books now--are among the most engaging, fully human characters in crime fiction. As usual, Hillerman puts them to work in a suspenseful, satisfying tale that integrates a wealth of Navajo lore plus breathtaking evocations of the American Southwest, all delivered in prose as clear, clean, and easy-flowing as a mountain stream. Longtime readers will be delighted by several developments, including a prominent role for the appealing Officer Bernadette Manuelito and a glimpse at the phlegmatic Leaphorn's testy side. But Hillerman welcomes new arrivals as well, with enough exposition to get you oriented.

Many writers have tried to follow Hillerman's trail, setting murder mysteries in Native American cultural landscapes. Many do a fine job. But, as The Wailing Wind beautifully demonstrates, there's only one Tony Hillerman. In this book he's at the top of his game. --Nicholas H. Allison

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"To Officer Bernadette Manuelito, the man curled up on the truck seat was just another drunk, which got Bernie in trouble for mishandling a crime scene, which got Sergeant Jim Chee in trouble with the FBI, which drew Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement and back into the old "Golden Calf" homicide, a case he had hoped to forget." "Nothing has seemed complicated about that earlier one: A con game had gone sour. A swindler had tried to sell wealthy old Wiley Denton the location of one of the West's multitude of legendary lost gold mines. Denton had shot the swindler, called the police, confessed the homicide, and done his short prison time. No mystery there." "Except why did the rich man's bride vanish? The cynics said she was part of the swindle plot. She'd fled when it failed. But, alas, old Joe Leaphorn was a romantic. He believed in love, and thus the Golden Calf case still troubled him. Now, papers found in this new homicide case connect the victim to Denton and to the mythical Golden Calf Mine. The first Golden Calf victim had been there just hours before Denton killed him. And while Denton was killing him, four children trespassing among the rows of empty bunkers in the long-abandoned Wingate Ordnance Depot called in an odd report to the police. They had heard, in the wind wailing around the old buildings, what sounded like music and the cries of a woman." "Bernie Manuelito uses her knowledge of Navajo country, its tribal traditions, and her friendship with a famous old medicine man to unravel the first knot of this puzzle, with Jim Chee putting aside his distaste for the FBI to help her. But the questions raised by this second Golden Calf murder aren't answered until Leaphorn solves the puzzle left by the first one and discovers what the young trespassers heard in the wailing wind."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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