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Hunting Badger (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Tony Hillerman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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31 Jan 2001 Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels

Crime busters Leaphorn and Chee are back together on a case and at odds with the FBI in a great addition to Tony Hillerman’s acclaimed series.

A pre-dawn raid on the Ute tribe’s gambling casino leaves one policeman dead, a deputy sheriff wounded and the criminals vanished into the maze of canyons on the Arizona border. The FBI take over the manhunt, but the high-tech investigation grinds to a halt in this unusual territory. It is not until Chee and Leaphorn arrive on the scene that the connection to a famous Ute legend enables the solution to the case.

Tony Hillerman, winner of the Edgar and the Grandmaster Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, has written many novels. The First Eagle (also featuring Leaphorn and Chee) was published by HarperCollins in 1999.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reissue edition (31 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061097861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061097867
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,756,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The marvellous Hunting Badger is Tony Hillerman's 13th novel featuring Navajo Tribal Police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Here the two cops (who appeared in separate books early on but whose paths now routinely cross) are working two angles of the same case: Catching the right-wing militiamen who pulled off a violent heist at an Indian casino. Hillerman serves up plenty of action and enough plot twists to keep readers off balance, leading up to a satisfyingly tense climax in which Leaphorn and Chee stalk a killer in his hideout. But through it all, the cardinal Hillerman virtues are in evidence: Economical, pellucid prose; a panoply of Indian-country characters who seem to rise right up off the page; vivid evocations of the Southwest's bleak beauty and rich insights into Navajo life and culture. (Hillerman once told an interviewer that the highest compliment he'd ever received was hearing that many Navajo readers assumed that he himself was Navajo--he's not.)

While first-time readers will find plenty to enjoy in Hunting Badger, it holds special pleasures for long-time fans. There's more and deeper contact between Leaphorn and Chee and we continued to see deeper into the prickly Leaphorn's human side (though presented without fuss or sentimentality). Chee finally begins to get over Janet Pete (it took about six books) and inch toward a new love interest. And in a moving section involving Chee's spiritual teacher Frank Sam Nakai, the shaman provides a key insight into the case.

In a world teeming with "sense of place" mysteries--set in Seattle, Alaska, the Arizona desert or Chicago--it can be a shock to return to Hillerman, who started it all, and realise just how superior he is to the rest of the pack. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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‘A wonderful storyteller’ New York Times

‘On their own [Leaphorn and Chee] are compelling: as a duo, they’re the best since Lennon and McCartney.’ Washington Post

‘An impressive piece of writing from one of american’s best crime writers.’ Crime Time

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillerman does it again. 4 Mar 2003
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
While retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are hunting down the people responsible for a casino robbery, we learn that they may be tied to a legend of a mysterious indian (George Ironhand) that seems to have the ability to fly. Tied in with this is the concept of "Hunting Badger."
As with all of Tony Hillerman's stories you have the feeling you are there. In fact if you have visited or live in the area (Four Corners canyons) that the mystery takes part in, you will be better able to identify with the people and landmarks. And as with his other books there is an overt and covert story.
I have read the book but the addition of the voice of George Guidall ads a dimension to the story by helping visualize the people and correcting pronunciation of certain words. I suggest you read the book and listen to the recorded version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top tale from Mr. Hillerman 6 Jun 2001
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It would be hard for the latest tale in this long-running series to break new ground - and "Hunting Badger" doesn't attempt it. That, of course, is good news for fans. It's a case of more of the excellent same that will give all the usual pleasures.
Personally I could have done with fewer reminders of the real-life FBI fiasco that motivated the plot-line, and I could have taken some more Navajo lore - but these are quibbles.
Chee and Leaphorn fans will already have ordered this, anyone else need not hesitate - unless they want to start right back at the beginning to read the whole series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
If you like your whodunnits set against a magnificent backdrop and featuring a healthy slice of ethnography then this is one for you.
This series is satisfying principally for its setting in the 'land of room enough and time'- great desert expanses of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico- and for its meticulous ethnographic detail. In this book the plot is as satisfying as ever, although there is a bias towards FBI lore, based, as it is, on a real manhunt which took place in 1998 in the canyons of the Utah Arizona border country. The series' two main characters, Navajo Tribal Police Sergeant Jim Chee,(more footsore than fancy free, in this instance) and 'Lieutenant emeritus' Joe Leaphorn both have equal billing and appear to be working in tandem at last, thank goodness! I prophesy a happy ending for all sometime soon.
I particularly like this series because the books are so much more than just whodunnits. Hillerman is particularly knowledgeable about his subject- Navajo history and traditions and he writes with great sympathy for a culture not his own, and a countryside which he clearly loves deeply. His descriptions of the landscape, and lifestyle are unsentimental but leave you wanting more.
It is also interesting that the books have two quite different main characters, both fully developed and sympathetic. This allows him to ring the changes very effectively over the series and avoids the books seeming too formulaic.
If you are a devotee of the Crime/Thriller genre, you will enjoy the plot, which is satisfying as always. If not you will find the setting and characters enthralling in their own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hillerman does it again. 22 Dec 2004
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are hunting down the people responsible for a casino robbery, we learn that they may be tied to a legend of a mysterious indian (George Ironhand) that seems to have the ability to fly. Tied in with this is the concept of "Hunting Badger."
As with all of Tony Hillerman's stories you have the feeling you are there. In fact if you have visited or live in the area (Four Corners canyons) that the mystery takes part in, you will be better able to identify with the people and landmarks. And as with his other books there is an overt and covert story.
I have read the book but the addition of the voice of George Guidall ads a dimension to the story by helping visualize the people and correcting pronunciation of certain words. I suggest you read the book and listen to the recorded version.
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