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A Thief of Time (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Jan 1990

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks; Reissue edition (31 Jan. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061000043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061000041
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,276,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All of Tony Hillerman's Navajo tribal police novels have been brilliant, but "A Thief of time is flat-out marvelous."-- "USA Today"Vintage Tony Hillerman: suspenseful, compelling! Hillerman transcends the mystery genre and this is one of [his] best." -- "Washington Post Book World""Skillful. Provocative. The action never flags." -- "New York Times Book Review""Hillerman's story is mesmerizing, not only for its suspense, which is delicious, but for the picture the author paints of the landscape in which it unfolds." -- "Cosmopolitan""Brilliantly paced, highly evocative. Hillerman is surely one of the finest and most original craftsmen at work in the genre today." -- "Boston Globe Book Review""Beautifully constructed . . . Builds to a socko finish." -- "Los Angeles Times Book Review""Rich with detection . . . He knows the people, the topography, and the footing." -- "Chicago Tribune""A keen observer in a world not his own . . . Hillerman tells of death and life in the Navajo nation." -- "People""Hillerman evokes the Arizona desert and Navajo lore as no other writer can." -- Phyllis A. Whitney --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tony Hillerman (1925 2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
Tony Hillerman once again takes us into the world of the Navajo with Chee and the legendary Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. Having just read "Skinwalkers" for the first time recently this one had big moccasins to fill. Not only did it fill them, but this exciting mystery may just be better. There is atmosphere to spare and Leaphorn and Chee are fleshed out more than usual in this terrific read.
Both Chee and Leaphorn are dealing with personal issues as this one begins. Chee hasn't quite figured out how he feels about Mary leaving him because he could not leave his Navajo way of life behind and move to the city with her. He is smitten with a pretty Navajo attorney named Janet but she's with someone else. Leaphorn meanwhile is on terminal leave and retiring after the unexpected death of his beloved wife Emma. Niether he or Chee can explain his obsession with finding a missing pot hunter named Eleanor Friedman-Bernal. No Navajo would be involved, as stealing pots like this would make one a "Thief of Time" according to Navajo tradition.
Chee's letting a rather large backhoe get stolen right under his nose will have ties to Leaphorn's investigation, and once more Chee will be helping Leaphorn all across the Navajo territory. This one will stretch all the way into Utah and down the San Juan River. Leaphorn will be reminded of young boy's death by drowning before this one wraps up and it will have unexpected ties to his search for Eleanor.
It seems Eleanor was into pots made by the Anasazi, a tribe that simply vanished from the face of the earth. Pictographs and petroglyphs of Kokopelli, the "Watersprinkler", play a part in this mystery. But her interest is also anthropological, and someone thinks what she's discovered is worth killing for.
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By A Customer on 13 Jun. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hillerman crafts a good mystery. The words are tightly wound and clear. The grande finale is a bit forced, but it's fun arriving there. This was my first Hillerman, and I'll be back for more of his simple, engaged storytelling.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As with most Hillerman formulas, we have separate mysteries that overlap in time and place. Almost retired with just a few days to go Lt. Joe Leaphorn, Navajo Tribal Police, is looking for a missing anthropologist Dr. Eleanor Friedman-Bernal who disappeared, leaving an extensively prepared meal in the refrigerator. And Officer Jim Chee looking for a missing back-ho that he was supposed to be watching due to a chronic thieving problem.

Now do not jump to conclusions. Hillerman thinly veils his mysteries and you can pretty much guess the conclusion. This time it is a waste to try. We get his colorful description of the four corners country. Also, we get an insight into Navajo culture. You may go a little potty with details.
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The first Hillerman I ever read - I read it without even taking a break to eat - couldn't put it down - made you smell the night, the trees - if you didn't like mysteries, you could immerse yourself in the Southwest and the Indian culture - the characters are magnificently drawn. The ability to transport the reader so thoroughly is beyond anything this mystery buff has ever experienced.
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Hillerman's greatest triumph. I loved it and couldn't put it down. Crisp writing. Beautiful prose. A must read.
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