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Skinwalkers Leaphorn was a hotshot But Leaphorn was wrong about this.This was a good, exciting entry in Hillerman s Navajo Mystery series 7 People are being killed in various ways on the reservation with no apparent rhyme or reason Who s doing this and why The book opens particularly well in a long and exciting sequence that basically ends with Jim Chee s cat saving his life The cat becomes quite a character in this book.Jim Chee has a Navajo view of animals and hates interfering with them, but h Leaphorn was a hotshot But Leaphorn was wrong about this.This was a good, exciting entry in Hillerman s Navajo Mystery series 7 People are being killed in various ways on the reservation with no apparent rhyme or reason Who s doing this and why The book opens particularly well in a long and exciting sequence that basically ends with Jim Chee s cat saving his life The cat becomes quite a character in this book.Jim Chee has a Navajo view of animals and hates interfering with them, but he takes mercy on this abandoned manx and even ends up building a little cat door in his trailer so the cat can come in when it wants to.That s what ends up saving Jim Chee s life.But Chee doesn t want to make a pet out of the cat, whom he calls Cat That was exactly what he couldn t allow to happen If the cat was to make the transition from someone s property to self sufficient predator it couldn t rely on him, or on any person To do so was to fail Chee had been surprised when he first realized that he cared how this struggle ended Now he accepted it He wanted the cat to tear itself free He wanted belagana cat to become natural cat He wanted the to endure.But at the same time he cares about it and doesn t want it to die I mean, he doesn t want to pet it and trust me, the cat does NOT want to be touched but he would be upset if it was eaten by a ky oat.The whole cat subplot is very cute I love grumpy men who seemingly have no love for animals, but yet would never hurt one and end up caring for one My papi was the same way If there was a dog, he d call it Dog He never wanted to have any pets and loathed having animals in his home But at the same time he was a good man and would never allow any animal to suffer He had compassion and mercy on animals when he could ve been cruel and cold Actually, my abuelita on the other side was the same way She was gifted a bird once and she called it Bird But my father would have never harmed an animal and actually, despite his grumpiness, would always make sure an animal had food and water and was cared for A good man, although a hard one The way people treat animals is super important Never date a man or woman who harms animals or thinks animals lives have no value or would be cruel to an animal A man doesn t have to be all lovey dovey with animals or have pets, but there s a huge difference between a man who doesn t care for having a pet and one who would show cruelty to an animal Seeing how your man interacts with animals is a number one thing to do in assessing if he s worth your time or not If he doesn t have compassion and mercy on animals, he s a piece of shit It s good if you find out about any cruel streaks right away.Jim Chee is also a good man, although I hesitate to call Jim Chee a mensch Still don t think he s earned that title from me.The cat subplot and it s end solution were very fun and satisfying to this readerLook out, Cat, he said And the cat, instead of diving for the exit flap as it normally did when he came anywhere near this close, moved down the trailer It sat under his bunk, looking at him nervously.It took a millisecond for Jim Chee to register the meaning of this.Something out there.In other Jim Chee news, it looks like he and that I Mary Landon might be breaking up Hallelujah and praise the Lord He unplugged his coffeepot, filled his coffee cup with water, swirled it gently, and drank it down I never saw anybody do that before, Mary Landon had said What That with the water you rinsed your cup with Empty handed, she had mimicked the swirling and the drinking.It still had taken him a moment to understand Oh, he had said If you grow up hauling water, you don t ever learn to pour it out You don t waste it, even if it tastes a little bit like coffee Odd, Mary Landon said What the old prof in Sociology 101 would call a cultural anomaly It had seemed odd to Chee that not wasting water had seemed odd to Mary Landon It still seemed odd Mary Landon s continued refusal to even attempt to understand basic psychology is DRIVING ME UP THE WALL I m over here hoping and praying that they are broken up for good I hate her On the plus side, Chee is checking out Janet Pete s legs Perhaps that will lead to something.In other news, this is the first book in which Leaphorn and Chee work together They get off to a rather rocky start Leaphorn is older,cynical, and Chee ismystical andreligious, following the old Navajo ways But they are both good men and hopefully they will strike up a friendship.Joe Leaphorn s got his own problems, this book is filled with his worries and concerns with his wife Emma, who is rapidly succumbing to the demon Alzheimer s It s hard and painful for him, and any reader familiar with this demon will be feeling immense sympathy for both him and his ailing wife It s heartbreaking.Tl dr One of thefun, andsatisfying Hillerman entries How some people say coyote Loved all Hillerman books with Leaphorn and Chee I listened to the audiobook and I enjoyed the narrator I also enjoyed the story and how it incorperated some of the Native American Folklore Mythology into the mystery I ve never read or listened to a Tony Hillerman book before and I was please with the story and the characters I would consider reading another booy in this series I found that I liked Chee as a character and even by the end of the story he still seemed a little mysterious to me, but it could be due to listening to the 7th boo I listened to the audiobook and I enjoyed the narrator I also enjoyed the story and how it incorperated some of the Native American Folklore Mythology into the mystery I ve never read or listened to a Tony Hillerman book before and I was please with the story and the characters I would consider reading another booy in this series I found that I liked Chee as a character and even by the end of the story he still seemed a little mysterious to me, but it could be due to listening to the 7th book in the series So it could be beneficial to pick up the previous 6 books in the series Hillerman s collection of mysteries set in the Navajo Hopi lands of Arizona New Mexico Utah One side benefit of reading this stories is what the reader learns about historical and contemporary Hopi and Navajo culture Hillerman has created two attractive detectives, former fabled Navajo tribal policeman Joe Leaphorn and current policeman and apprentice Jim Chee, who is also studying to be a traditional medicine man. Skinwalkers is a real page turner This is my first dip into Hillerman s mystery series featuring Lt Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police I know absolutely nothing about Navajo culture and next to nothing about the tribe s history so I can t vouch for the authenticity of Hillerman s book but I can testify that this was highly entertaining and the mystery of was suitably tricky I sort of guessed who might be involved but I had no idea how it could have been done Lots Skinwalkers is a real page turner This is my first dip into Hillerman s mystery series featuring Lt Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police I know absolutely nothing about Navajo culture and next to nothing about the tribe s history so I can t vouch for the authenticity of Hillerman s book but I can testify that this was highly entertaining and the mystery of was suitably tricky I sort of guessed who might be involved but I had no idea how it could have been done Lots of spooky elements of Navajo witchcraft not all of which is benign and a string of deaths that might be the work of a skinwalker , a practitioner who has turned away from the traditional harmony of the Navajo Way Both Leaphorn and Chee are wonderful characters and a pleasure to be with There were great descriptions of the Navajo reservation, which stretches across the four corners where Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado meet I appreciated the many details of life on the Reservation and its sometimes fraught relations with US white officialdom Plus there is a feral cat who turns out to be something of a hero how could I not love this one I started in the middle of the series because this was the earliest one the library had on hand but I m anxious to read Enjoyed it As usual, nice description of the landscape and setting Leaphorn is particularly distracted by his wife s medical issues Chee is less distracted by his female friends than normal, as things are ending with Mary and he skirmishes professionally with Janet Suspenseful plot. Navajo Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn investigate murders that lead them into spine tingling and mystical world of Navajo witchcraft Three unsolved homicides and an attempt on Chee s life have left the Navajo Tribal Police baffled Are the murders somehow connected, although they occurredmiles apart Or are they random acts of violence Chee and Leaphorn s efforts to solve the seemingly unrelated individual crimes leave them with clues that point toward one suspect, in this suspenseful mystery Until this case Lt Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee had never met Both are part of the Navajo Tribal Police force, but Leaphorn is based at Window Rock whereas Chee operates out of Shiprock, 120 miles to the north, across the rugged Chuskas Mountains Their initial encounter is awkward Someone blasted shotgun holes through Chee s trailer Leaphorn s interrogation skirts the unspoken question, what are you not telling me Like every other investigator, they both know that an intended murder v Until this case Lt Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee had never met Both are part of the Navajo Tribal Police force, but Leaphorn is based at Window Rock whereas Chee operates out of Shiprock, 120 miles to the north, across the rugged Chuskas Mountains Their initial encounter is awkward Someone blasted shotgun holes through Chee s trailer Leaphorn s interrogation skirts the unspoken question, what are you not telling me Like every other investigator, they both know that an intended murder victim almost always has an idea of who and why they have been targeted.This incident is only the latest of a series of puzzling incidents Irma Onesalt, an overbearing tribal government employee was killed as she was driving her car Dugai Endocheeney was stabbed to death Wilson Sam was apparently pushed off a cliff to his death The victims did not know each other The incidents occurred miles apart There is absolutely no similarity in M.O Coincidence Or are these four events related in some way Leaphorn and Chee are something of an odd couple Leaphorn is married to a woman from a traditional family Chee is dating a college student from Wisconsin Leaphorn considers superstition, particularly beliefs in witchcraft, to be toxic His animosity is provoked by the pervasive hold these beliefs continue to have among the Dinee Chee feels a strong connection with his traditional roots and has even completed training in the performance of the Blessing Way, a complicated ritual he learned from one of the elders He finds belief in witchcraft consistent with the balance central to Navajo cosmologyThe origin story of the Navajos explained witchcraft clearly enough, and it was a logical part of the philosophy on which the Dinee had founded their culture If there was good, and harmony, and beauty on the east side of reality, then there must be evil, chaos, and ugliness to the westp.73 Almost all the people they interrogate believe witches Skinwalkers might be connected with the murders no one wants to actually say so Better to answer the questions of these strangers with silence Dinee customs enrich this story It is never polite to look directly at a person or to stare it is an invasion of privacy Always allow sufficient time to pass before approaching someone s house in order to permit the occupants to adjust to the arrival of an outsider There is a taboo against speaking the name of the dead Leaphorn recalls how Irma Onesalt was so offensive and rude that scores of people would have had a motive to kill her We might call her a busybody Leaphorn concludes his mother would have called herone who tells sheep which weed to eatp.95 Technically, the FBI is responsible for these murder investigations However, since none of the agents speak Navajo, and some are even ignorant of these customs, any real progress will be made only through the efforts of the Navajo Tribal Police Officially, they act as interpreters, but their broad interpreting affords additional insight into Dinee customs.All of Hillerman s books capture the unique landscape and atmospheric shifts of color of New Mexico This story takes place in August It is the end of the hot dry summer season, but the autumn monsoons have not yet begun Lightning and storm clouds are visible in the distance, but that acute smell of impending desert rain still eludes When it does fall, it will fill the arroyos and transform dusty paths that pass for roads into thick muddy troughs Visits to the disparate crime scenes convey the remoteness of the scattered dwellings In these areas mail is delivered to a local trading post and held until the recipient makes a trip in for supplies SKINWALKERS is Hillerman s seventh Leaphorn Chee mystery I had originally intended to read these books in order, but when I saw this title on the shelf at our local library I couldn t resist I ve read two previous books, and this one is among the best in the series.NOTES maps for the Chee Leaphorn books, including Skinwalkers The suspense factor was perfect Am just beginning yet another mystery that will be totally engrossing.And I finished reading this book I was thinking yes, it was totally engrossing Initially, Officer Jim Chee is shot in his trailer As the story continues, Chee begins working with Lieutneant Leaphorn on a murder investigation This is no ordinary murder investigation it is one that involves Navajo skinwalkers As you are reading their journey through their investigation, you learn about what the Navajo beliefs are on wit Am just beginning yet another mystery that will be totally engrossing.And I finished reading this book I was thinking yes, it was totally engrossing Initially, Officer Jim Chee is shot in his trailer As the story continues, Chee begins working with Lieutneant Leaphorn on a murder investigation This is no ordinary murder investigation it is one that involves Navajo skinwalkers As you are reading their journey through their investigation, you learn about what the Navajo beliefs are on witchcraft and what skinwalkers are You also learn as the story goes along that Chee is somehow involved with the murders Throughout the twists and turns of the investigation, the reader has a sense of who the real murderer is but, just as soon as this happens, another twist occurs in the story and the reader is left once again unsure Hillerman has incredible skill of allowing the reader to feel as though you are actually there on the reservation You also always learn some aspect of Navajo culture as you read Hillerman s books In Skinwalkers you learn of Navajo witchcraft An excellent read

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 282 pages
  • Skinwalkers
  • Tony Hillerman
  • English
  • 09 January 2018
  • 0061000175

About the Author: Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962 Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he resided with his wife until his death in 2008 Hillerman, a consistently bestselling author, was ranked as New Mexico s 25th wealthiest man in 1996 Wikipedia