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The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman
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A well-dressed stranger is found murdered on Navajo land -- and Sgt. Jim Chee is called to investigate. Is the death related to the disappearance of large sums of oil royalties due to Native American accounts? What, if anything, is the connection to a secluded ranch (stocked with rare non-native animals for hunting) that seems to have more security than it needs? -- Rather pallid but straightforward mystery, with much local color and interestingly-drawn characters. One twist was welcome, as was the female protagonist extricating herself from a deadly situation without a male knight-in-shining-armor having to come to her rescue. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
This was my first Hillerman book. It was good, but not great. Perhaps in his other books these characters are more fully developed, but they weren't developed in depth enough in this one to fully hook me. There were some interesting references in the book that suggest he knows history and the Indian tribes pretty well in the southwest. Makes me miss the Arizona/New Mexico area. ( )
  egrant5329 | Jan 20, 2018 |
This was my first Hillerman book. It was good, but not great. Perhaps in his other books these characters are more fully developed, but they weren't developed in depth enough in this one to fully hook me. There were some interesting references in the book that suggest he knows history and the Indian tribes pretty well in the southwest. Makes me miss the Arizona/New Mexico area. ( )
  egrant5329 | Jan 20, 2018 |
I don't read all of Tony Hillerman's books but I read enough to know the main characters and understand their history. This book ties together Lieutenant Leaphorn (now retired but still in the know), Sergeant Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito who has left the Navajo Tribal Council to work for the Border Patrol. A murder in Sergeant Chee's area (taken over by the FBI who aren't divulging even the identity of the victim) ties into some work being done on a private ranch down by the Mexican border that Manuelito runs across. Chee and Manuelito care for each other but Chee would never say anything to her in the romantic vein. However when Manuelito is in danger Chee runs to her rescue and even a sinister pig can't stand in the way.

A very satisfying story. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 9, 2017 |
An interesting scenario, got us out of the Navajo Nation and into southern New Mexico, mostly Bernie, Chee, and Cowboy Dashee, with a little of Leaphorn. However, the plot was farfetched and was more so toward the end. Still, an engaging read.

I only have two more in the series. What will I do for this kind of popcorn reading when they're gone? ( )
  whymaggiemay | Aug 10, 2015 |
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David Slate reached across the tiny table in Bistro Bis and handed an envelope to the graying man with the stiff burr haircut.
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Sgt Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, is troubled by the nameless corpse discovered just inside his jurisdiction, at the edge of the Jicarilla Apache natural gas field, More troubling still is the FBI's insistence that the Bureau take over the case, calling the unidentified  victim's death a "hunting accident."

But if a hunter was involved, Chee knows hte prey was intentionally human. this belief is shared by the "Legendary Lieutenant" Joe Leaphorn, who once again is pulled out of retirement by the possibilty of serious wrongs being committed against the Navajo nation by the Washington bureaucracy. 
Yet is is former policewoman Benradette Manuelito, recently relocated to Customs Patrol at the US-Mexico border, who possibly holds the key to a fiendishly twisted conspiracy of greed, lies, and murder - and whose only hope for survival now rests in the hands of friends too far away for comfort.
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Tony Hillerman is a national treasure, having achieved critical acclaim, chart-topping popularity, and a sterling reputation as an ambassador between whites and Indians. Fortunately, he's also still a marvelous writer, much imitated but never equaled. The Sinister Pig--his 16th novel to feature Navajo cops Joe Leaphorn and/or Jim Chee--isn't his best book, but it's still a pleasure from the first page to the last. Its plot is almost too complex to summarize, involving the mysterious shooting of an ex-CIA agent, financial shenanigans around oil-and-gas royalties, disappearing congressional interns, exotic pipeline technology, and the cross-border trade in both drugs and illegal aliens.

Officer Bernadette Manuelito has left the Navajo Tribal Police for the U.S. Customs Service, patrolling the barren borderlands of southern New Mexico. There, her curiosity and smarts land her in a growing peril that provides much of the book's suspense--and invokes the protective instincts of Sergeant Chee, who still hasn't quite been able to tell her how he feels about her. It's impossible not to care about Hillerman's exquisitely drawn repertory characters, nor to overlook the pleasures of his beautifully crafted and relaxed-seeming prose. In the midst of these virtues are a few warts: several sections are a little flat or awkward, and the villainous plutocrat behind it all is short on plausibility (though lots of fun to hate). But even a lesser Hillerman is still a richer, more satisfying read than most authors' top stuff. --Nicholas H. Allison

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The victim, well dressed but stripped of identification, is found at the edge of the vast Jicarilla Apache natural gas field just inside the jurisdiction of the Navajo Tribal Police, facing Sergeant Jim Chee with a complex puzzle. Why did the Washington office of the FBI snatch custody of this case from its local agents, cover it with secrecy, and call it a hunting accident? What was the victim seeking among the maze of pipelines and pumping stations in America's largest gas field? Was he investigating the embezzlement of billions of dollars from the Indian Tribal royalty trust in the Department of the Interior? On a level nearer to Chee's heart, did the photographs Bernie Manuelito took on an exotic game ranch near the Mexican border reveal something connected with this crime? Did Bernie, once a member of Chee's squad but now a rookie Border Patrol Officer, put herself in terrible danger? The author leads his readers through another of his intricate plots to the solution of this crime, with a cast of vivid characters: a Washington political mogul and his more-or-less renegade pilot a customs official who bends the rules a Mexican smuggler with a conscience and, finally, "Legendary Lieutenant" Joe Leaphorn, now retired, who connects the lines on a dusty old map to find the answers -- and the Sinister Pig -- among the great scimitar-horned oryx grazing on the historic Tuttle Ranch.… (more)

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