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Sacred clowns. by Tony Hillerman
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Sacred clowns. (original 1993; edition 1993)

by Tony Hillerman (Author)

Series: Jim Chee (8), Leaphorn/Chee (11)

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During a kachina ceremony at the Tano Pueblo, the antics of a dancing koshare fill the air with tension. Moments later, the clown is found bludgeoned to death, in the same manner a reservation schoolteacher was killed only days before. Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn believe that answers lie in the sacred clown's final cryptic message to the Tano people. But to decipher it, the two Navajo policemen may have to delve into closely guarded tribal secrets -- on a sinister trail of blood that links a runaway, a holy artifact, corrupt Indian traders, and a pair of dead bodies. Performed by Gil Silverbird Enhanced CD: CD features an interactive program which can be viewed on your computer, including: a photo galary, an author Q & A and a 35 years of excellence timeline.… (more)
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Title:Sacred clowns.
Authors:Tony Hillerman (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (1993), Edition: Book Club Edition, Hardcover
Collections:Your library, Mystery, Suspence, and Espionage
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Tony Hillerman, Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, Janet Pete, Louisa Bourebonette, David Streib, Harold Blizzard, Hosteen Nakai, Navajo, Navajo Reservation, Hopi, southwest, New Mexico, aftifacts

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Tony Hillerman's daughter, a classmate of mine at St Pius X high school, is now authoring these books. ( )
  rondorn | Apr 13, 2020 |
This is a re-read for me and still one of the best Hillerman's. I am fully engaged by the novel's balance of suspense, action, and mystery embedded in tribal customs. An irritating flaw in the plot for me is the angst that Chee has in his interactions with Janet Pete. I find that relationship which persists through several of the novels utterly tedious. As ever, the author seems intimately connected to the land and the people of the American southwest. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jan 25, 2019 |
Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee investigate two seemingly unrelated murders: one of a high-school shop teacher on the Navajo Reservation, and the other of a "sacred clown" in the religious traditions of the Tano tribe. The working relationship between Leaphorn and Chee is much improved in this outing, although readers who prefer less personal romance mushy-mush and more mystery wham-bam may be disappointed. ( )
  rosalita | Sep 14, 2016 |
A good Leaphorn/Chee adventure. Hillerman delved into Pueblo culture in this one.
  hailelib | Sep 6, 2016 |
My first Tony Hillerman mystery. We took it along with us on our trip to New Mexico at the suggestion of some book blogger friends. It was a great suggestion. It took a bit for me to get into the story and I never did really figure it out, but it was filled with wonderful Native American characters and it had just a bit of romance and it was full of little bits of Native American information. Yes. Delightful. ( )
  debnance | Jul 4, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to Fr. Doug McNeill, director of Saint Bonaventure Indian Mission, Thoreau, NM 87323, and to the volunteers who donate part of their lives to run its classrooms, kitchen, school buses, and water trucks. They come from all parts of the country, from different generations and different religions, united only in the desire to help their fellow humans.
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At first, Officer Jim Chee had felt foolish sitting on the roof of the house of some total stranger.
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this ISBN seems to be tied to both Sacred Clowns and Ghostway. Might need to check on that.
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During a kachina ceremony at the Tano Pueblo, the antics of a dancing koshare fill the air with tension. Moments later, the clown is found bludgeoned to death, in the same manner a reservation schoolteacher was killed only days before. Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn believe that answers lie in the sacred clown's final cryptic message to the Tano people. But to decipher it, the two Navajo policemen may have to delve into closely guarded tribal secrets -- on a sinister trail of blood that links a runaway, a holy artifact, corrupt Indian traders, and a pair of dead bodies. Performed by Gil Silverbird Enhanced CD: CD features an interactive program which can be viewed on your computer, including: a photo galary, an author Q & A and a 35 years of excellence timeline.

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