Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review: Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Oct 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062270486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062270481

Product Description

Legendary tribal sleuths Leaphorn and Chee are back! The supremely talented daughter of New York Times bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman continues the popular series with this fresh new Navajo Country mystery-her debut novel-filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich atmosphere

It happened in an instant: After a breakfast with colleagues, Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito saw a truck squeal into the parking lot and heard a crack of gunfire. When the dust cleared, someone very close to her was lying on the asphalt in a pool of blood.

With the victim in the hospital fighting for his life, every officer in the squad and the local FBI office are hellbent to catch the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations strictly forbidding eyewitness involvement. Her superior may have ordered her to take some leave, but that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of finding the shooter.

Pooling their skills, Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key to the shooting. Digging into the old investigation with fresh eyes and a new urgency, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth with every clue . . . and closer to a killer who will do anything to prevent justice from taking its course.

About the Author

 Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter, the author of several non-fiction books, and the daughter of New York Times bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman. She lives in Santa Fe. This is her first novel.

My Review

My heart almost stopped when I heard that Anne Hillerman, Tony Hillerman's daughter, would be continuing the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series that her father wrote so beautifully and with such amazing style that evoked the emotions and realities of the Navajo Nation.   Because of Tony Hillerman's books, whenever I visit the 4 corners region my heart and my soul is filled with the peacefulness, the vastness and the mysteries of such a stark yet beautiful landscape.

Spider Woman's Daughter is not out until October and I am so privileged to be given the honor to read it ahead of its release.  It was so wonderful to be back in Window Rock, Shiprock, and Chaco Canyon.  To be hanging out with Jim Chee and his wife Bernie Manuelito and of course Joe Leaphorn. To be driving down familiar roads. What a joy.  Anne Hillerman's story is told through Bernie.

Ghosts...ghosts from the past.  That is all I will say.  If you are a fan of the late great Tony Hillerman then you have to read this book.  If you haven't read this series yet, then read it.  It is one of the best.  One of my best stories that I like to tell people happened in Tuba City and involved discussing reading Tony Hillerman's books.  Maybe I'll tell it to you sometime. 

Thank you Anne Hillerman for continuing the series.  What a treat!

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