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A Thief of Time (1988)

by Tony Hillerman

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Excellent addition to the Hillerman stories set in Navaho lands in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Both Leaphorn and Chee are in this one which, to me, makes it a better story. I think the two complement each other and add some richness to the backstory as well as to the main story of murder.

Chee is brought into the story because someone steals a backhoe while he is patrolling a local business, it had complained about people breaking in and taking a truck. Leaphorn is searching for a missing anthropologist who is working on documenting the Anssazi Indian race, who seemingly just "vanished" sometime around 1300 BC. Ellie's emphasis is on pots, specifically those by a certain potter who developed a distinctive style that could be tracked and dated.

When the two story lines converge Leaphorn and Chee start working together to solve the crime.

I'm still really enjoying this series and will keep reading. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
Leaphorn is on 'terminal leave' which means he's retiring from the Navajo Tribal Police, but still hanging around, when an anthropologist and specialist in Anasazi pots goes missing. Jim Chee misses a backhoe heist and has to track it down. Of course, the two cases cross. Throw in an old man who collects pots and whose son killed the rest of his family years ago, an anthropologist trying to impress a beautiful woman, and the mystery of the Anasazi themselves. ( )
  ffortsa | Aug 12, 2012 |
Hillerman shows how greed corrupts and damages society and culture. ( )
  beckie.rogers | Feb 10, 2011 |
Yet another Hillerman, just as much fun as all the rest. ( )
  KApplebaum | Jan 17, 2010 |
As good as usual: Lives up to all hillerman's books
  iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
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This story is dedicated to Steven Lovato, firstborn son of Larry and Mary Lovato. May he always go with beauty all around him.
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The moon had risen just above the cliff behind her.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061000043, Mass Market Paperback)

A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlit Indian ruin where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground for profit. When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site, Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth the astonishing truth behind a mystifying series of horrific murders.

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When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site, Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth the astonishing truth behind a mystifying series of horrific murders. Movie rights sold and characters of Leaphorn and Chee licenses to Wildwood Enterprises (Robert Redford's production company).… (more)

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