Rock with Wings

Rock with Wings

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by Anne Hillerman

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Amazon Best Mystery of 2015

Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter.

Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect


Amazon Best Mystery of 2015

Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter.

Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them—one near Shiprock, and the other at iconic Monument Valley.

Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.

Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.

Editorial Reviews

In her second Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee novel, Anne Hillerman continues the fine sleuthing work done by her late dad Toby. In Rock with Wings, Sergeant Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, grapple with two cases marked by mounds (sometimes literal) of conflicting clues. Colorful characters; palpable regional atmosphere; and compelling mysteries. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
In her worthy sequel to 2013’s Spider Woman’s Daughter, Hillerman continues the exploits of the beloved Navajo cops of MWA Grand Master Tony Hillerman (1925–2008). Officer Bernadette Manuelito, Sgt. Jim Chee’s wife, makes a routine traffic stop of a speeding car on a New Mexico road that morphs into a mystery when the nervous driver tries to bribe her—but the only suspicious cargo he has are two boxes of dirt. Meanwhile, Chee takes a security assignment in Monument Valley, where a movie is being filmed, and finds not only a missing person but a newly dug grave. Although Lt. Joe Leaphorn is still greatly handicapped by the injury he suffered in the previous book, his mind is sharp and his insights help both Chee and Manuelito solve some problems. Hillerman uses the southwestern setting as effectively as her late father did while skillfully combining Native American lore with present-day social issues. Agent: Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, JET Literary Associates. (May)
Advance Praise for Rock With Wings “With a background of tribal law and custom, Anne Hillerman ties up multiple subplots in concise prose, evoking the beauty of the desert and building suspense to a perilous climax. Tony would be proud.”
Library Journal
Married Navajo tribal cops Bernadette "Bernie" Manuelito and Jim Chee (last seen in the Spur Award-winning Spider Woman's Daughter) hope to relax with some vacation time in Monument Valley, but their police work calls them back to duty. Chee stays in Monument Valley on special assignment to a movie company and deals with a missing person and a mysterious gravesite. Bernie, back on patrol near Shiprock, NM, stops a car as part of a drug bust only to find a trunk filled with boxes of dirt. Further investigation leads Bernie to a representative of a company seeking to install solar panels on the reservation. It's retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn, Chee's mentor, recovering from a near-fatal shooting, who connects the two cases. VERDICT In this action-filled adventure the author follows in her late father Tony Hillerman's footsteps, blending vivid descriptions of the striking Southwestern vistas with absorbing detective work that will keep readers enthralled. Of interest to all Hillerman fans and enthusiasts of mysteries with a strong sense of place. [See Prepub Alert, 11/17/14.]—Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series
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6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter, the author of several nonfiction books and the New York Times bestselling novel Spider Woman's Daughter, and the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Rock with Wings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Pinkbillie_Delta_Nu More than 1 year ago
Yes read it. Have you read her fathers' books? You will enjoy this book. Stories that Tony Hillerman started, Anne Hillerman continues the stories. Her writing of the stories have the same rhythm as her fathers'. She interjects into the rhythm her own melody. It makes the stories wonderful. If you have not visited the locations of the stories, you will feel compelled to do so. The sign of a good story-teller that uses real life locations, makes you feel like you are there. Bravo to Anne Hillerman - like daughter, like father.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters seem so real with the rich descriptions SW scenery as an extra bonus. I can't wait for the next book in the series. It is amazing how the seemingly unrelated story lines all come together in surprising ways before the book ends.
SChain More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a tightly constructed story where seemingly unrelated events gradually come together to a single conclusion as in the style of previous Leaphorn and Chee mysteries. What I got was a series of events that were not related. In most well constructed mysteries events lead to the solving of the central crime. In this book seemingly important events have no relation to the main crime. They are red herrings and I felt led astray and blindsided. The most likely suspect is suddenly redeemed while the real villain is an unbelievable combination of good and bad. (I have some credentials here having been a consultant to the Colorado Dept of Corrections for many years.) Detective work does not unmask the criminal, he clumsily reveals himself at the end of the book.   Leaphorn and Chee have been betrayed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't wait until book was out and was not disappointed! Thank you for continuing the Chee and Leaphorn series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne' s books are as entertaining as her Father's. I am so happy she is caring on the legacy.
honolulututu More than 1 year ago
Maybe even better than her dad, Ms. Hillerman gives more attention to relationships along with solving a mystery. So nice to have these well-loved characters back in play, too. Enjoyable, tests your ability to figure things out and includes some cultural lore as well. What more could you ask for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every word!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And this one as well! I read all of her father's books and I must say she may be even better!! That is high praise indeed. I look forward to the next book...and the next...and the next!
Anonymous 12 months ago
As I expected I would, I liked this book immensely. I am so glad Ms.Hillerman is continuing her father's stories about Leaphorn, Chee and the others. This was an excellent mystery with interesting characters and lots of local color.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. I was nice to be back in Navajo land with Bernie, Chee and Leaphorn. But the plot seemed weak and too contrived to make for a good mystery. There were times when the story was cluttered minutiae and other times when it read like a young adult novel. While the author's intention was to focus the new series on Bernie, it seems like Bernie's life is too cluttered, while the characters of Chee and Leaphorn could have more development. This is not a stan alone read. It would be best understood and appreciated to read Spiser Woman's Daughter first.
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Book-WomanRS More than 1 year ago
Very good book. We could all use Navajo values.
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This is well written and will keep you guessing till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the money!
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Ann Hillerman clearly demonstrated in “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” her initial effort to continue the extremely well-accepted Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito series written by her father, Tony, that she was more than capable of doing so, although this reviewer believed she still needed to develop more of the characteristics of the originals, hoping to see Tony’s deft touches of descriptions of the Southwest and Indian culture in her future efforts. While to some degree we find it here and there throughout this second novel, there is still room for improvement, and no doubt she will achieve that goal. Also the bullet in the brain of the legendary Lt. Leaphorn was questioned, effectively removing a main character of the series from the plot. Fortunately, he returns in this novel, while he continues to recuperate. Although unable to speak, he is able to communicate by tapping his fingers to indicate ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and even using a laptop. So he is able to perform key service to his two protégés, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, two Navaho police officers now married to each other for two years. Here the two are separated for some days as two different plot lines are developed. He is sent to Monument Valley to watch over an area occupied by moviemakers and becomes more involved with unexpected mysteries and murders. She meanwhile makes a routine traffic stop which develops into an obsession and further crime and even physical violence. The two are able to bring their efforts to fruition with assistance from the legendary lieutenant. On the whole, “Rock with Wings” is an excellent novel, and if weren’t for the high standards set by Tony Hillerman, much of the criticism above would not be made. Unfortunately, that can’t be avoided and the bar is high. Nevertheless, the novel is worthy of a reading and it is suggested that one do so. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Mystery format. Lately there are so many in depth incidents and characters that are just stretchers and fillers all happens in last chapter and one is left with where did that happen and who is that this is still a borrow not buy i hope she can get it together for the next one less is more why not more humor one fatal injury questionable and one or two minor incidents i am thinking the judge dee series format would work here skip angst and try more straight sheriff procedures we can but hope page counter
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