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The Wailing Wind [Hardcover]

Tony Hillerman
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060194448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060194444
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,775,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OFFICER BERNADETTE MANUELITO had been having the busy day, enjoying most of it, and no longer feeling like the greenest rookie of the Navajo Tribal Police. Read the first page
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillerman's back in good form! 20 Sep 2002
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Even Shakespeare had trouble maintaining his high level of creativity (although there's no comparison here), but it is refreshing--and a relief--to find Tony Hillerman, easily one of America's more popular writers, back in full form and fashion with "The Wailing Wind."
Hillerman, following the last two or three works that seemed to have been disappointments (somewhat) even to his most ardent followers, takes this one and demonstrates that after 14 previous novels featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee and the Navajo tribal world he can still spin a tale.
Drawing from a previous incident in an earlier work, Hillerman opens "The Wailing Wind" with officer Bernadette Manuelito discovering a body in an abandoned pickup truck. In addition to reporting the scene, of course, she makes some procedural mistakes and Hillerman is off and running. Besides Officer Manuelito taking a larger role in Hillerman's works, the fusion and relationship between Leaphorn and Chee is never better and the chemistry continues to work well. Chee's young--and sometimes hasty--ways are always tempered by Leaphorn's experience and older judgment. What a team!
Hillerman's revelations and plot summations are not always so complicated and involved, as in this case, but his devotion to great character development, presentation of landscape, atmosphere, native American culture and history, and sound logic in thought and deed make "The Wailing Wind" one of his best works. This is a relief, of course, to his readers, who are always one breath away of thinking that the last one's the last one! So far so good.
In "The Wailing Wind," murder, greed, jealousy, and a bit of madness play into the darker side of the book's development.
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By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:School & Library Binding
Rookie Navaho police officer Bernadette Manuelito is making her round when she spots what looks to be an abandoned truck. Upon closer inspection she finds what appears to be a drunk sleeping it off in the seat. Yep you guessed it when she touched him he was cold, dead cold.
All of our old palls from previous novels converge on the seen that turn out to be a homicide as the individual was shot in the back.
As the story progresses we get the thing that makes Hillerman, Hillerman; there are graphic descriptions of the landscape and weather. We also get a small indoctrination into the Navaho way as a shaman and an old man are interrogated. Yes and the is also a love interest or two as scene mostly through the eves of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and suspect Wiley Denton of who seems to have misplaced his wife..
I suggest that just before you read this or while you are reading this that you also have a copy of the book "Hillerman Country: A Journey Through the Southwest with Tony Hillerman" It is a book filled with the pictures of the areas mentioned in this book (Including the torques mountain.)
You can tell that this book was written later on the series because the characters refer back to earlier times and other misters. The references are casual enough that if you had not read the other books you would not notice them.
As with most Hillerman novels the answer to the main riddle is usually immediately or soon figured out so we have fun finding out how long it will take the characters to catch up. Many a time different characters have clues and do not compare in time to act.
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By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rookie Navaho police officer Bernadette Manuelito is making her round when she spots what looks to be an abandoned truck. Upon closer inspection she finds what appears to be a drunk sleeping it off in the seat. Yep you guessed it when she touched him he was cold, dead cold.
All of our old palls from previous novels converge on the seen that turn out to be a homicide as the individual was shot in the back.
As the story progresses we get the thing that makes Hillerman, Hillerman; there are graphic descriptions of the landscape and weather. We also get a small indoctrination into the Navaho way as a shaman and an old man are interrogated. Yes and the is also a love interest or two as scene mostly through the eves of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and suspect Wiley Denton of who seems to have misplaced his wife..
I suggest that just before you read this or while you are reading this that you also have a copy of the book "Hillerman Country: A Journey Through the Southwest with Tony Hillerman" It is a book filled with the pictures of the areas mentioned in this book (Including the torques mountain.)
You can tell that this book was written later on the series because the characters refer back to earlier times and other misters. The references are casual enough that if you had not read the other books you would not notice them.
As with most Hillerman novels the answer to the main riddle is usually immediately or soon figured out so we have fun finding out how long it will take the characters to catch up. Many a time different characters have clues and do not compare in time to act.
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