Spider Woman's Daughter

Spider Woman's Daughter

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Legendary tribal sleuths Leaphorn and Chee are back!

The supremely talented daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman continues his popular series with this fresh, new 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 Manuelito sees a sedan career into the parking lot and hears a crack of gunfire. When the dust clears, someone very close to her is lying on the asphalt in a pool of blood.

With the victim in the hospital fighting for his life, every person in the squad and the local FBI office is hell-bent on catching 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 Chee's former boss and partner, retired lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key to the shooting. Digging into the old investigation with discriminating eyes and a fervent 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780062270481
Characteristics: 305 p


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Oct 01, 2019

She's not her Father.

Oct 31, 2017

Anne Hillerman does a nice job in continuing her farher's characters. Special attention to New Mexico setting -- you can really feel the desert heat and the endless miles driven during the investigations.

Mar 31, 2017

This should not be called a Leaphorn and Chee novel, but rather a Chee and Manuelito novel. The plotting is interesting, but there is at least one unlikely coincidence, and the tension does not build as one would expect it to in a mystery.

Mar 13, 2017

she's no Tony Hillerman who used the landscape and mythology and way of the Dineh as characters in his stories. This is a mere police procedural set on the navaho reservation. Wuite disappointing as a follow up to her father. I'l try one more but not impressed.

Aug 30, 2016

Please ignore the misogynists who refused to read this book. Hillerman has her own voice and her own perspective. She didn't mimic her father's work, she is just allowing the character to live on. It is not at all surprising that the narrator has a new voice, nor that the central character is a woman. It you just have to have all your books be about men, and the women they conquer, find something else. This book is still honoring the Navajo way of life including the place of women before the white people's near genocide of the people. It is not a rant against white people, but it does not pull any punches when saying how life on the reservation actually is.

Aug 12, 2016

Continuation of her father's, Tony Hillerman's , characters. Excellent Anyone who likes the Hillerman books will also enjoy the series by Margaret Coel

Oct 11, 2015

I'm glad Leaphorn and Chee- and Bernie and the rest- will continue. There may never be another Tony Hillerman, but his daughter has done a more than credible job in re-starting the series, and I look forward to more to come.

Sep 23, 2015

She is not as good a writer as her father was, but she does keep the plot interesting and her descriptions of New Mexico and the Navajo reservation are good. I like her choice of Bernie as the main character in this one.

Sep 21, 2015

Best-seller Tony Hillerman's daughter continues his Chee/Leaphorn/Manualito series in this rich, suspenseful tale. Her take, mostly through Bernie's eyes, isn't the same as her father's, which I think is fine. Police work has changed since her father began his writings. I never pay too much attention to whodunit, anyway, unless I can figure it out in the first chapter, and I didn't, so that didn't bother me. I'm interested in how the characters figure it out.

Jul 24, 2015

If you enjoyed Tony Hillerman's books, you will enjoy Anne's. Full of Navajo culture but from a woman's side this time, I found myself looking up Navaho rug weaving, Chaco Canyon pottery, as well as numerous other items I discovered in this book.

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Jul 09, 2015

"At this morning's meeting, did Leaphorn seem worried about anything?" Cordova asked.

Jun 27, 2014

You can't shoot Joe Leaphorn and try to fry up a couple more cops without getting some attention.

Jun 27, 2014

Some say everything natural on this mother earth is sacred.

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