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A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings.
When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.
But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.
Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.
Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman.
At the start of Hillerman s thoughtful third Southwestern mystery (after 2015 s Rock with Wings), a bomb detonates in the parking lot of Shiprock High School, where police officer Bernadette Bernie Manuelito is looking forward to watching an alumni basketball game in the gym. Bernie discovers a gravely injured man at the scene, but it seems the real target was Aza Palmer, a lawyer scheduled to mediate a meeting among Native Americans, environmentalists, and others to discuss a controversial proposed resort on Navajo land. Bernie s husband, Sgt. Jim Chee, is assigned to guard the reluctant Palmer and navigate the tricky waters of protesters and residents with different tribal affiliations, languages, and concerns. Meanwhile, Bernie consults veteran investigator Joe Leaphorn, who has contributions to make to the case during his ongoing recovery from a serious gunshot wound. Though seasoned mystery readers may guess the perpetrator before the tense denouement, the book offers insights on the strength of family ties and the possibilities of redemption after a history of pain.
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Song of the Lion
Each book by Anne Hillerman is better than the last and this one is certainly outstanding. Her characters grow richer and her narrative describing them, the countryside, and its inhabitants more interesting and insightful. The plot is full of twists and turns and suspense that keeps the reader unable to stop reading. And, the ending, though unanticipated, is satisfying. It is a pleasure to read and leaves you sad to finish and anxious for another tale told so well.
Another fun read
I savored Tony's book and I deeply enjoy reading Anne's books. Manuelito is a great addition and I love having her perspective, in addition to Leaphorn and Chee, during the mysteries. I can't wait for book 4!
Discomforting Uneasiness of...Translation
It seems to me that any attempt to accurately reflect Navajo consciousness via the English language is destined to fail from the outset, but Ann Hillerman manages to manifest the discomforting uneasiness of that translation with considerable skill and compassion. I doubt anyone can read this novel cover to cover without gaining immense empathy and affection for the principal characters. Bravo!