The Shape Shifter

The Shape Shifter

Book - 2008 | First edition.
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Retirement has never sat well with former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Now the ghosts of a still-unsolved case are returning to haunt him, reawakened by a photograph in a magazine spread of a one-of-a-kind Navajo rug, a priceless work of woven art that was supposedly destroyed in a suspicious fire many years earlier. The rug, commemorating one of the darkest and most terrible chapters in American history, was always said to be cursed, and now the friend who brought it to Leaphorn's attention has mysteriously gone missing.

With newly wedded officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito just back from their honeymoon, the legendary ex-lawman is on his own to pick up the threads of a crime he'd once thought impossible to untangle. And they're leading him back into a world of lethal greed, shifting truths, and changing faces, where a cold-blooded killer still resides.

Publisher: New York : Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780060563479
Branch Call Number: HIL
Characteristics: 322 pages ;,19 cm


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Hillerman is the reigning godfather of Aboriginal detective fiction; this is his 18th book in the Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee saga. There's a tough of the traditional you'd expect to find: strong depictions of Navajo culture amidst spell-binding mysteries. But these aren't dimestore Indians: both men... Read More »

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Jan 07, 2017

Any of Tony Hillerman's writings about the Navajo police, Joe Leaphorn or Jim Chee, is well worth a read. Robert Redford made a couple of movies based on these Books.

Nov 18, 2008

Many of the aspects of Navaho culture shared by Hillerman are similar in their sense of wholeness and interconnectivity to the Tao and Zen understanding of things. It's delightful to see this woven into a mystery.

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