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Skinwalkers (1986)

by Tony Hillerman

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The seventh entry in a mystery series that follows either Joe Leaphorn or Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police (in this book, the two appear together for the first time). I enjoy these books because I always learn a lot about the Navajo and their culture, while also getting a decent mystery. Here, a series of seemingly unconnected homicides turn out to be very much related, and Chee himself is a target. ( )
1 vote rosalita | May 12, 2016 |
Outstanding story telling, likable characters. Recommended. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Another Navajo Reservation mystery by Hillerman that is really a sociology book. The novel is full of information about the culture and religion of the Indians of the American Southwest and to call this series a mystery series doesn't do the content justice. In this installment Chee and Leaphorn work together and the differences in their personalities is reflected in the way they approach the case. Leaphorn, the older of the two, uses the latest crime solving methods while Chee, relies on more traditional Navajo methods. Each of the two men is also involved in personal conflicts that they have to work through while dealing with the everyday problems of being policemen. The mystery is always there at the heart of the novel, but this is one of those mystery series that is more like social commentary that foreshadows many of the current problems in the isolated and poor segments of the population. ( )
  benitastrnad | Jan 13, 2016 |
Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee cross paths again in this mystery, only this time Chee is one of the ones in danger! But none of the killings seem connected. Some are shot, some are knifed and none of them live nearby. A very small clue, soon ties two of them together, but something is still missing. Can they figure it out before Chee's killer strikes again? Is it witchcraft and Skinwalkers? I love these books and the characters. This one had a touching side story of Leaphorn's wife, who he fears may be battling Alzheimers. And I love learning about Navajo ways, like how it is disrespectful to stare at people in the face instead of looking to the side and giving them privacy whereas we think people should look us right in the eye so that we know we have their full attention. A very good read. 3.75 stars ( )
  Berly | Jan 9, 2016 |
[Skinwalkers] is the seventh book in Hillerman's Leaphorn/Chee series and is the first where the two men work together. This was an enjoyable story which explains the concept of the Navajo witch or skinwalker. The story begins with the cat that Chee has semi-adopted coming into his trailer in the middle of the night and awakening Chee, saving him from a mysterious and seemingly motiveless attacker. Why Chee? And how does it relate to other unsolved attacks?

Recommended.
  hailelib | Jan 3, 2016 |
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We Navajo understand Coyote is always waiting out there, just out of sight. And Coyote is always hungry.
--Alex Etcitty, born to the Water Is Close People
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This book is dedicated to Katy Goodwin, Ursula Wilson, Faye Bia Knoki, Bill Gloyd, Annie Kahn, Robert Bergman, and George Bock, and all the Medicine People, Navajo and belagana, who care for The People - and about them. My thanks to Dr. Albert Rizzoli for his kindness and his help, and a tip of my hat to the good work of the too often unappreciated Indian Health Service.
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When the cat came through the little trapdoor at the bottom of the screen it made a clack-clack sound.
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Three shotgun blasts explode into the trailer of Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. But Chee survives to join partner Lt. Joe Leaphorn in a frightening investigation that takes them into a dark world of ritual, witchcraft, and blood -- all tied to the elusive and evil "skinwalker." Brimming with Navajo lore and sizzling suspense, Skinwalkers brings Chee and Leaphorn, Hillerman's bestselling detective team, together for the first time.

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Three shotgun blasts explode into the trailer of Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. But Chee survives to join partner Lt. Joe Leaphorn in a frightening investigation that takes them into a dark world of ritual, witchcraft, and blood -- all tied to the elusive and evil "skinwalker." Brimming with Navajo lore and sizzling suspense, Skinwalkers brings Chee and Leaphorn, Hillerman's bestselling detective team, together for the first time.… (more)

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