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The Shape Shifter (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #18)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

As always, a pure joy to read! I loved it!

I've read a few of the other reviews, and felt I needed to put in my 2 cents. I read purely for enjoyment, not to critique the plot, or the characters. As far as I am concerned, this is another terrific story in the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series by Tony Hillerman. Joe...
I've read a few of the other reviews, and felt I needed to put in my 2 cents. I read purely for enjoyment, not to critique the plot, or the characters. As far as I am concerned, this is another terrific story in the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series by Tony Hillerman. Joe is a retired Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant, who over the past few years since retirement has found several puzzles to keep him occupied. The latest is a photo sent to him by his friend Mel Bork of an old Navajo rug that is up for auction. Problem is, the rug was burned long ago in a fire, the same fire that killed a criminal Joe was after. It's a case that was never solved, and when Mel Bork disappears, Joe digs into it once again. As always, there is a wealth of cultural information, especially regarding the shapeshifter legends, and the usual breathtaking scenery that Tony paints so well in the imagination.

posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2007

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Yet another disappointment from Tony Hillerman

After reading Tony Hillerman's latest effort, The Shape Shifter, it's hard to believe this is the work of the same author who gave us such compelling mysteries as The Blessing Way, People of Darkness, and Listening Woman. Once again, Hillerman has given us not a myster...
After reading Tony Hillerman's latest effort, The Shape Shifter, it's hard to believe this is the work of the same author who gave us such compelling mysteries as The Blessing Way, People of Darkness, and Listening Woman. Once again, Hillerman has given us not a mystery--readers will figure out everything in the first third of the book--but another white-man adventure set in Indian Country. Underlying the story is the author's attempt to educate the reader about the parallels of the infamous Long March of the Navajos and the sad fate of the Laotian Hmong. As background, the material is interesting, but the narrative on the Hmong runs on to the point where it breaks the pace of the story. To say that the plot is predictable is an understatement. Hillerman's last five Leaphorn-Chee novels have all been weakly plotted adventures rather than mysteries--the loss, I'm afraid, is ours. And to add to the disappointment, both the author and his editor display some carelessness: Joe Leaphorn, as fans of the series know, lives in Window Rock, Arizona, the Navajo capital. In this book, he arrives at his Window Rock home early on (page 17), but subsequently, his domicile is identified as Shiprock, which is a town in New Mexico a hundred miles away. Which is it, Tony?

posted by Anonymous on December 10, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    Yet another disappointment from Tony Hillerman

    After reading Tony Hillerman's latest effort, The Shape Shifter, it's hard to believe this is the work of the same author who gave us such compelling mysteries as The Blessing Way, People of Darkness, and Listening Woman. Once again, Hillerman has given us not a mystery--readers will figure out everything in the first third of the book--but another white-man adventure set in Indian Country. Underlying the story is the author's attempt to educate the reader about the parallels of the infamous Long March of the Navajos and the sad fate of the Laotian Hmong. As background, the material is interesting, but the narrative on the Hmong runs on to the point where it breaks the pace of the story. To say that the plot is predictable is an understatement. Hillerman's last five Leaphorn-Chee novels have all been weakly plotted adventures rather than mysteries--the loss, I'm afraid, is ours. And to add to the disappointment, both the author and his editor display some carelessness: Joe Leaphorn, as fans of the series know, lives in Window Rock, Arizona, the Navajo capital. In this book, he arrives at his Window Rock home early on (page 17), but subsequently, his domicile is identified as Shiprock, which is a town in New Mexico a hundred miles away. Which is it, Tony?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Slipping, slipping....

    Hillerman had me hooked on the earlier Leaphorn/Chee mysteries, but the last few have been getting thinner and thinner on plot, suspense and character development. I'm sure his 'formula' is making money, but it's not generating good mysteries. Janet Evanovich seems to be heading in the same direction....

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    Posted June 28, 2010

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