The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #1)

The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #1)

by Tony Hillerman
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The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #1) by Tony Hillerman

Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high lonely place, a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061808357
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Series: Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 57,399
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Date of Birth:

May 27, 1925

Date of Death:

October 26, 2008

Place of Birth:

Sacred Heart, Oklahoma

Place of Death:

Albuquerque, New Mexico


B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1946; M.A., University of New Mexico, 1966

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Blessing Way 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
BJVPhilly More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Leaphorn-Chee novels, but had I started at the beginning with "The Blessing Way" (the first Leaphorn novel), I may not have gone any further. I thoroughly enjoy a good, well-written mystery, and most of Hillerman's work is quite enjoyable. But this one is a bit below par. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is not even the central character and is only involved in a cursory manner. And although I like the way Hillerman weaves Navajo mysticism into his plotting, "The Blessing Way" was predominantly navajo lore with a (somewhat shallow) mystery thrown in. The plot in itself was never enough to engage me fully, and the character development that is done so well in Hillerman's subsequent Leaphorn novels is just not quite there yet. But if this is your first Hillerman novel, don't give up; some of those that follow are among the best mysteries I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the Arizona Sunsets, the Sandstone Cliffs, and miles of sheep country comes a mystery that will leave you in suspense and guessing how to solve a murder in indian country. Tony Hillerman brings Navajoland to life, and writes the book you just can't put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this in the bookstore over ten years ago and loved the original artwork. I bought it, loved the book, and went back to the store and bought every book of the series available at that time. I still have every single book in the Navajo Series and have read them all at least three times. I miss Tony Hillerman very, very much! :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am a big fan of chee and Leaphorn so wanted to get the first in the series to get their story lines from the beginning. This book is too many incidental characters, too many myths, too many ceremonies, too many locations -- "name" overload! Up to page 51, very little Leaphorn, no Chee. Too exhausting to finish! Still love Hillerman amd series, but will get some later books in the series. Maybe they won't be so frustrating.
Author_of_The_Wham_Curse More than 1 year ago
Another great Hillerman story. I love the work that Tony Hillerman produced. The incorporation of Navajo history, beliefs, and modern life on the reservation add reality and interest to his stories. The Blessing Way continuous this in a very good story. This was a "can't put it down" book for me. If you haven't read his Chee/Leephorn books, you need to do it. I love having Joe Leaphorn questioning his own normally cynical view of Navajo spiritualiity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think he was going to have a different hero and then the other characters took over as the books continued wish they had made more movies llove the land but sure wouldnt want to live there by the mississippi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read them all and loved them all tony passed away several years ago learned a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took much too long to get to the point. Leaphorn was not present in the story much, he was the most engaging character and it would have been more interesting if he was more involved. I found myself skimming impatiently to finish some sections. Probably won't read another of this series.
BlissfulRhythm More than 1 year ago
This book really sucked me into the storyline and I couldn't put it down for three days! I definitely recommend it if you like mysteries and are interested in Navajo culture.
Anonymous 4 months ago
An excellent, respectfully written book incorporating Dine culture into fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few rough edges but a well done tale
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Start of a great series. Will miss Tony's wonderful imagination.
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Too much detail about info not relevant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
for those who like crime mysteries, and personalities this is a good genre. I really like tony hillerman, his stories are clean
owlspiritwoman More than 1 year ago
Love Hillerman's books and this one meets all expectations. Good read.
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Ruthless More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for the Blessing Way, since I had heard this series was similar to the Longmire books. However, I was extremely confused when there was no setting provided: state, city, occupation, relationships. Possibly when the books were abridged too much was cut out, although I have never experienced that problem before. I kept feeling like I had started watching a movie half way through - totally lost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not hold my attention. Hard to follow.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtreat first book. Love the geography and Navaho lore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me a while to get into but overall it was a good book.