Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spiderwoman's daughter by Ann Hillerman

  • Series: Leaphorn and Chee
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062270486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062270481

  • Summary:  From Booklist Hillerman, who has written some nonfiction, now tries her hand at fiction, incorporating some of her late father Tony’s characters into the story. Although billed as a “Leaphorn & Chee Novel,” neither character is really in the spotlight here. That position is reserved for Navajo Tribal Police Officer Bernadette “Bernie” Manualito, Chee’s wife. When the retired Leaphorn is shot right in front of Bernie, and the assailant escapes, Bernie swears she’ll find the person responsible. As a witness, however, Bernie is removed from the case and relegated to finding Leaphorn’s family. Jim Chee is put in charge, but he knows very well that stubborn, determined Bernie won’t stand down, especially when someone she considers an “uncle” is the victim. Hillerman builds upon characters and themes from her father’s Thief of Time (1988), applying her own knowledge of contemporary Navajo culture. The spiritual elements prominent in previous Leaphorn-Chee books are downplayed, and the measured plot (with perhaps too much attention to the desert landscape) has few surprises. What intrigues is Bernie herself, a devoted young Native American balancing her heritage and family obligations with the demands of a difficult job. --Stephanie Zvirin

    My Thoughts:  Ms Hillerman doesn't do a bad job in bringing back the characters from her father's novels.  I think the publisher stated it would be a Leaphorn Chee novel in the hopes of getting Mr Hillerman's followers.  The story wasn't bad.  There were some "plot line threads" that I though could have been expanded on.
       If you are an audio book person.  The narrator for this book is not as good as George Guidall, who narrated her father's stories.  Western in the same sense as Longmire series or Kevin Kerney series.

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