NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of bestselling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with a Navajo Country mystery filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere.
Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter.
Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth—and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.
In her first novel, reporter Hillerman successfully revives Navajo policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, last seen in The Shape Shifter (2006), the final book from her father, MWA Grand Master Tony Hillerman (1925 2008). Officer Bernadette Manuelito, who married Chee in 2004's Skeleton Man, sees a gunman shoot Leaphorn in a restaurant parking lot, but isn't close enough to stop the shooter from driving off. With Leaphorn comatose, Chee is named head investigator, while Manuelito is officially removed from the case because she's a witness. Leaphorn's current job evaluating a collection that the American Indian Resource Center is acquiring may provide a clue to his attacker. The much used getaway car and the odd disappearance of Leaphorn's anthropologist lady friend, Louisa Bourebonette, may offer other clues. Chee may lead, but Manuelito forcefully injects herself into the case as a desperate killer threatens to strike again. Like her father, Hillerman has a gift for combining history and mystery.
Like Good Friend
Like a good friend, after years have passed, pick up right where you left off. Missed my book friend so I was hopeful when I purchased Anne Hillerman's book. Happy to report, she has a new fan.
Spider Woman's Daughter
Thank you, Anne Hillerman, for continuing to write about the Navajo Tribal Police. I loved the book. You father's books taught me so much about this beautiful area and these wonderful people. I came to the southwest from northeast OH with many misconceptions about reservation life and the people who live here. Learning of him through PBS Mystery series I came to appreciate the land, it's people, and their culture. Please continue to represent this area as he did. And most importantly, thanks for a good story.
Spider Woman's Daughter
I thought these characters died with Tony Hillerman, but Anne does an excellent job picking up her dad's mantel!! Looking forward to more. Great easy read.