Thursday, December 24, 2015

Talking God

Talking God (1989) is 9th in Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Navajo Tribal Plice series. I enjoyed the book as a mystery, but I prefer the ones in this series that take place on tribal lands. This one has some action early on that takes place in Navajo territory, but the bulk of the book centers in Washington, D.C. Not that the Smithsonian isn't interesting, not at all, it's just that I like the Western setting better for these characters. There's a healthy-sized stack at the foot of my bed, and I'm working my way happily through all of the Leaphorn/Chee books.

from the back of the book:
A grave robber and a corpse reunite Navajo Police Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee. As Leaphorn seeks the identity of a murder victim, Chee is arresting Smithsonian conservator Henry Highhawk for ransacking the sacred bones of his ancestors. As the layers of each case are peeled away, it becomes shockingly clear that they are connected, that there are mysterious others pursuing Highhawk, and that Leaphorn and Chee have entered into the dangerous arena of superstition, ancient ceremony, and living gods.
The L.A. Times calls Hillerman "one of America's best storytellers" and says, "Tony Hillerman's new novel takes the reader through a crescendo of characters, locations, plots and subplots." Kirkus Reviews calls it "far-above-average crime fiction: vividly peopled, forcefully told."

I've read the following:

Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)
The Jim Chee Mysteries, which includes:
  • People of Darkness (1980)
  • The Dark Wind (1982)
  • The Ghostway (1984)
Skinwalkers (1986)
The Sinister Pig (2003)


  1. I became interested in this series after a recent review of another of the author's work.

    Stopped by to wish you a truly lovely Christmas. I hope it's wonderful in every way.

    1. I discovered this author years ago and have only recently started reading him again. I'm enjoying getting reacquainted :) Merry Christmas!