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The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman

The First Eagle (1998)

by Tony Hillerman

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Amazon Description: When Acting Lt. Jim Chee catches a Hopi poacher huddled over a butchered Navajo Tribal police officer, he has an open-and-shut case--until his former boss, Joe Leaphorn, blows it wide open. Now retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Leaphorn has been hired to find a hot-headed female biologist hunting for the key to a virulent plague lurking in the Southwest. The scientist disappeared from the same area the same day the Navajo cop was murdered. Is she a suspect or another victim? And what about a report that a skinwalker--a Navajo witch--was seen at the same time and place too? For Leaphorn and Chee, the answers lie buried in a complicated knot of superstition and science, in a place where the worlds of native peoples and outside forces converge and collide.
Leaphorn and Chee combine to solve a mystery. Great characters, great story. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 28, 2018 |
Jim Chee, now acting lieutenant for the Navajo Tribal Police, catches a cop-killer in the act. Or did he? More than one person casts some doubt on Chee's collar, and unfortunately one of them is Janet Pete, the romantic interest who outlived her welcome for me about four books ago. It's a pity that she couldn't have been infected with the bubonic plague that is a featured plot point. As usual, the mystery in this one is interesting, and retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn ends up on the case when he is hired as a private investigator in another seemingly unrelated case that of course is totally related. I know it doesn't happen, but I keep hoping that Chee will wander off to Washington D.C. with Janet and leave Leaphorn in charge again. He's by far my favorite character, and at least his romantic interest seems to be capable of having a mature relationship without constant game-playing and idiocy. Sigh. ( )
  rosalita | Jan 26, 2017 |
The First Eagle opens with the death of a Navajo man from the plague and the medical researcher, Dr. Woody, being extremely perturbed by his rapid death. Soon Chee arrests a Hopi for murder of a Navajo policeman and the retired Leaphorn is hired to find another researcher who has gone missing. Another good story from Hillerman.
  hailelib | Jan 16, 2017 |
Actually listened to it on CD while traveling. Loved it. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Mixed in with the murder of a Tribal Police Officer in this installment of the Leaphorn and Chee mysteries is drug-resistant bubonic plague. Thus, it is heavily science laden, but still very entertaining. As usual, all is neatly solved in the end, to our satisfaction, if not surprise. Best of all, I think we may have seen the last of Janet Pete, as least as Chee's enamorata. Yipee! ( )
  whymaggiemay | Aug 1, 2015 |
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Since I began my fictional relationship with the Navajo Tribal Police, six of its officers have been killed while performing their duty. A small force covering a vast expanse of mountains, canyons, and desert, they must work primarily alone. In case of danger help is often hours away even if their radio calls for backup are heard.

I dedicate this work to these six officers and their families. They gave their lives in defense of their people.

Burton Begay, Tuba City, 1975. Loren Whitehat, Tuba City, 1979. Andy Begay, Kayenta, 1987. Roy Lee Stanley, Kayenta, 1987. Hoskie Gene Jr., Kayenta, 1995. Samuel Redhouse, Crownpoint, 1996.
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For acting chief Jim Chee, the murder of a Navajo Tribal Police Officer seems like an open-and-shut case when he discovers a Hopi poacher huddled over the victim's butchered corpse. However, Chee's newly retired predecessor, Joe Leaphorn, believes otherwise.

Hired to find a missing biologist who was searching for the key to a virulent hidden plague - and who vanished in the same area and on the same day the policeman was slain - Leaphorn suspects both events are somehow connected. And the reported sighting of a 'skinwalker' - a Navajo witch - has Leaphorn and Chee seeking answers to a deadly riddle in a dark place where superstition and science collide.
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It seems like July 8 is going to be a bad day for Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee. He's got a stack of overdue paperwork on his desk. Anderson Nez has died of plague, but the circumstances around the death are murky. His ex-fiancée, Janet Pete, is returning from Washington, D.C., and Chee doesn't know what to think about her last letter. (Will they be getting married this time?) And Officer Benny Kinsman's unwanted advances have enraged Catherine Pollard (among others), one of the scientists studying this newest outbreak of the black death. Now, the hot-headed Kinsman's gone off to nab a Hopi man who's poaching eagles. When Chee is called to back Kinsman up at Yells Back Butte, the bad day turns worse. He finds the young Hopi, Robert Jano, standing over Benny's mortally wounded body. Jano insists that he did not kill the police officer. Add to all this Joe Leaphorn's separate investigation, also involving July 8. Joe's got a new role as consulting detective to the wealthy--investigating the July 8 disappearance at Yells Back Butte of the same Catherine Pollard who was dogged by Kinsman.

This one bad day and the ensuing days of investigation bring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee together once again as they uncover the secret of Yells Back Butte, plague fleas, and skinwalkers. As usual, Hilllerman's ear for dialogue is remarkable. One does not read Leaphorn and Chee's words and thoughts as much as hear them. While the book invites new readers (little knowledge of the previous books in the series is presumed), one has the sense of entering an old neighborhood where friends and relations are established and emotions run deep. Jim Chee's pain is vivid as he struggles under the shadow of Leaphorn and questions the "rusty trailer" lifestyle that has driven him apart from Janet. Nothing is contrived in his mixture of fear and elation when he and Janet meet again.

Hillerman has written an engaging novel that once again evokes the land and people of the Southwest while also confronting the cultural separateness of the region from the power centers of the East. Already honored for his previous work (Dance Hall of the Dead received the Edgar), The First Eagle is a welcome addition to the beloved Chee-Leaphorn series that began in 1971 with The Blessing Way. --Patrick O'Kelley

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Lt. Jim Chee investigates the case of a young Hopi eagle-poacher caught huddled over the body of a policeman who tried to arrest him. Chee's retired former boss, Joe Leaphorn, is trying to locate a biologist who vanished while hunting the source of a deadly outbreak of bubonic plague. By an odd coincidence, the biologist disappeared from the same place on the same day the policeman was killed… (more)

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