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Anne Hillerman’s story features tribal police officer Bernadette “Bernie” Manuelito, who is married to Sgt. Jim Chee. Her mentor is Joe Leaphorn who is recovering from a head injury. Bernie attends a Shiprock High School basketball game while she is off duty. A car is bombed in the parking lot and Bernie is the first on scene. The car belongs to Aza Palmer, an attorney who is the official mediator between the Native American tribes, the environmentalists and a corporation who wants to build a resort on Navajo land near the Grand Canyon. Chee and Manuelito must solve the crime.
The book is well written and researched. Anne Hillerman seems to be getting better with each book she writes. I enjoyed the information about the different tribal affiliates, language, and the conflict between the Navajo and Hopi. The author explains the various Navajo tribal myths and customs which to me makes the story far more interesting. I think most readers will have figured out who the perpetrator is before the end of the book. Somehow, that knowledge only increases the suspense to find out if you are correct and how will they be revealed in the story.
I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is approximately ten hours long. Christina Delaine does a good job narrating the story. Delaine is a stage actress and voice over artist as well as an audiobook narrator.
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I loved Tony Hillerman's books, and I believe Anne Hillerman does an excellent job of carrying on her father's legacy. I don't believe she is as knowledgeable about the Navajo traditions as her father, but she does a commendable job of drawing the reader into the lives of her characters and the Navajo people. I truly enjoyed this book, and it kept me guessing up until the end. I look forward to her next book. Unfortunately, I think her story was marred by the terrible performance of the narrator. I almost stopped listening to the book because I couldn't stand the sound of the narrator's voice.
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