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The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman

The Fallen Man (1996)

by Tony Hillerman

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Somehow I'd never managed to read any of Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee novels, but this fit a challenge so I picked it up. It is set in Four Corners country and takes place right after Leaphorn has retired. He's pulled back in to privately investigate a cold case when a skeleton is found on a mountain. Meanwhile, Chee is Acting Lieutenant and is investigating the same case as well as cattle theft and a handful of lesser issues. Hillerman creates a rich portrait of Navajo society and the mystery is pretty good. Leaphorn and Chee are definitely characters to spend more time with. ( )
  Sunita_p | May 18, 2019 |
Amazon Description: Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder victim undisturbed for more than a decade. Three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a harmless old canyon guide is felled by a sniper's bullet. Joe Leaphorn, recently retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, believes the shooter and the skeleton are somehow connected and recalls a chilling puzzle he was previously unable to solve. But Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee is too busy to take an interest in a dusty cold case ... until the reborn violence of it hits much too close to home.

Although Joe Leaphorn has retired he is back questioning coincidences and looking for harmony. Fast read, with great characters that I like. Jim Chee is still the brash young sergeant trying to find his way in the police and with his heart. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 28, 2018 |
Novel centres around white residents in the Navajo area and an old missing persons case. A few false starts in pulling the story together but definitely a Hillerman classic. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jul 21, 2018 |
Joe Leaphorn has finally retired from the Navajo Tribal Police and Jim Chee has been named acting lieutenant. The young Navajo policeman quickly discovers that greater status mostly means greater amounts of paperwork, while he's still at the mercy of Captain Largo for his assignments. Of course, Leaphorn can't keep his nose out of anything on the reservation, so he ends up back in the thick of it as a newly discovered body on a sacred mountain is revealed to be a man whose disappearance was investigated by Leaphorn years ago. Was it an accident or murder (I mean, you already know the answer to that one, right?)? And who done it?

Once again I have no quibble with the actual plot, but I'm sick of Chee's romantic soap opera and irritated that after mooning after one woman for several books in a row before catching her, he now appears ready to toss her aside in favor of a cute young Navajo policewoman. In other words, I think Chee's a dink. Meanwhile, Leaphorn's love life is strangely nonexistent after having undergone a revitalization in the last book when he was preparing to head off on a romantic trip to Asia with his anthropologist friend. She, like the title victim, has apparently fallen off the face of the earth, a place I'm beginning to wish most of the regular characters would follow her to. ( )
  rosalita | Nov 8, 2016 |
Liked this a lot. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Aug 28, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to members of the Dick Pfaff Philosophical Group, which for the past quarter-century has gathered each Tuesday evening to test the laws of probability and somethimes, alas, the Chaos Theory.
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From where Bill Buchanan sat with his back resting against the rough breccia, he could see the side of Whiteside's head, about three feet away.
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WorldCat has ISBN 0061092886 for both The Fallen Man and The Ghostway
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"They sat for a while, engulfed by sunlight, cool air and silence. A raven planed down from the rim, circled around a cottonwood, landed on a Russian olive across the canyon floor and perched, waiting for them to die."

Nobody in the world could have written that paragraph but Tony Hillerman. Two old men sit, surrounded by the natural beauty of Canyon de Chelly, talking about death. The fact that one of the men is Joe Leaphorn, (the Legendary Lieutenant, as his younger colleague Jim Chee irreverently but accurately calls him behind his back) means that something serious has happened--a crime in some way connected to the Navajo people. But Leaphorn has retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, and the only person dead so far is a rich Anglo named Hal Breedlove, who fell while trying to climb Ship Rock 11 years before. Chee is busy on another, more prosaic matter, but he can't resist helping his thorny mentor on Leaphorn's first case as a private detective. The Fallen Man is brisk, beautiful, funny, and poignant--as good a place as any for first-timers to plunge into Hillerman Country. Then they can catch up on past triumphs with Three Joe Leaphorn Mysteries (The Blessing Way/Dance Hall of the Dead/Listening Woman) and Three Jim Chee Mysteries (People of Darkness/The Dark Wind/The Ghostway).

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Reissued to tie-in with Hillerman's Coyote Waits. Tribal policeman Jim Chee goes after a killer-and on an odyssey of murder and revenge that moves from an Indian hogan and its trapped ghost to the dark underbelly of LA to a healing ceremony whose cure could be death. "A first-rate story of suspense and mystery"-The New Yorker. Old Joseph Joe sees it all. Two strangers spill blood at the Shiprock Wash-O-Mat. One dies. The other drives off into the dry lands of the big reservation, but not before he shows the old Navajo a photo of the man he seeks. This is all Tribal policeman Jim Chee needs to set him off on an odyssey that moves from a trapped ghost in an Indian hogan to the seedy underbelly of L.A. to an ancient healing ceremony where death is the cure, and into the dark heart of murder and revenge.… (more)

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