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The Fallen Man (1996)

by Tony Hillerman

Series: Jim Chee (9), Leaphorn/Chee (12)

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Lieutenant Leaphorn of the Navajo tribal police comes out of retirement for a solution to a case which eluded him 11 years earlier. The case was the disappearance of a local rancher, shortly after he inherited money, while on a hiking trip with his wife. Now his skeleton has been found.
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detective, law-enforcement, lawyers, Navajo, murder, murder-investigation, relationship-issues, cattle-ranching, theft, teamwork, rock-climbing, greed, inheritance*****

Joe Leaphorn is not comfortable with his recent retirement nor the prospect of going private, especially when the client is a dodgy corporation bent on destroying the water for money. Jim Chee hates being an acting Lieutenant for the Tribal Police, but hates the aftermath of getting shot almost as much as facing the incompatibility between himself and Janet Pete. Rookie officer Bernadette Manuelito is uncomfortable with her superior officer, but does get him to back her up in the investigation of some unusual cattle rustling.
Add in the skeleton of a man Leaphorn investigated as a man with an odd inheritance stipulation who who went missing eleven years ago while rock climbing on a sacred cliff.
The Leaphorn/Chee books never seem to get old even though this is the first time I've read this one and the last time I had the time to read him was last century!
Bought the audio on sale from Chirp.
Christian Baskous is the more than capable voice actor. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jul 18, 2021 |
an old murder brings Chee and Leaphorn together while Chee's relation with Janet falls apart
  ritaer | Jun 5, 2021 |
If readers like mountain climbing and cattle rustling, they may enjoy THE FALLEN MAN.

It is the only Tony Hillerman book that I started and read into around 30 pages, then skipped to the end.

An odd Leaphorn and a strange Chee... ( )
  m.belljackson | Dec 7, 2020 |
Schlicht. Fast paced. Predictable ( )
  kakadoo202 | May 26, 2020 |
Such a great entry in this series! I particularly liked the resolution of the cattle rustling subplot :) ( )
  leslie.98 | Sep 6, 2019 |
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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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Lieutenant Leaphorn of the Navajo tribal police comes out of retirement for a solution to a case which eluded him 11 years earlier. The case was the disappearance of a local rancher, shortly after he inherited money, while on a hiking trip with his wife. Now his skeleton has been found.

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