Hunting Badger (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #14)

Hunting Badger (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #14)

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Hunting Badger (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #14) by Tony Hillerman, George Guidall

Navajo crimebusters Leaphorn and Chee are back together in this latest thrilling addition to Tony Hillerman's bestselling series

In 1998 three heavily armed "survivalists" came out of the Four Corners canyons in a stolen truck, murdered a policeman — and eluded an epic manhunt. The crime and the bungled FBI investigation left behind a web of mysteries. The most puzzling of all: what crime were the men enroute to commit when Officer Dale Claxton stopped them — and paid for his bravery with his life?

In his newest bestseller, Tony Hillerman assigns these real-life puzzles to his fictional Navajo Tribal police officers—Sergeant Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (retired). The time is now, and the memory of the mishandled manhunt of 1998 is still painfully fresh when three men stage a pre-dawn raid on the Ute Tribe's gambling casino, and they disappear in the maze of canyons on the Utah-Arizona border after killing a policeman. Together Chee and Leaphorn discover an intriguing pattern connecting this crime with the exploits of a legendary Ute hero/bandit. Tightly plotted and beautifully written, Hunting Badger proves once again that no one tells a story like Tony Hillerman.

Author Biography:

Tony Hillerman is past president of the Mystery Writers of America and has received their Edgar and Grand Master awards. His other honors include the Center for the American Indian's Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award. He lives with his wife, Marie, in Albuquerque, NM.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060746827
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Series: Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series , #14
Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
Sales rank: 523,401
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) was a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the author of thirty-two books: the popular eighteen-volume mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two novels, two children's books, and ten nonfiction works. Hillerman received every major honor for mystery fiction, including in 2008 the Western Writers of America's Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement. 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.

Hometown:

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

Education:

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

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Hunting Badger (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #14) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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It was very nice work from Hillerman. It showed progress in his work and his ability to leave you caught in the suspense. Except he left the whereabouts of Hunting Badger unknown which leaves you hanging in the plot. Otherwise it was very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Hillerman book I've read and although I enjoyed the 2 main characters, I felt the story could have been a bit more involved. It was an interesting read and the geographical insight added a lot to the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has many appealing features. The usual reservation context is there, built up from a mixture of magic, myth, vistas, and cultural conflicts. My favorite characters in the series all have pretty good sized roles, including Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, Cowboy Dashee, and Bernie Manuelito. The mystery has lots of misdirection, but not so much that you can't separate the red herrings from the real clues. The context between the reservation and nonreservation worlds becomes richer. And finally, the characters develop new depth and expand their relationships in significant ways. The plot also has some twists in it that are different from other Hillerman novels. I particularly like balance in my novels, and this one is the most balanced I remember in the series. Almost all of the elements that could be touched on are, and they add to the enjoyment of the story and the reader's connection to the characters. The book opens with a violent crime in which three criminals working in close coordination hijack the Ute Casino's winnings. One security officer is killed, and another is seriously wounded. Soon, the FBI's theory is that the crooks are long gone, due to the disappearance of a small plane. Joe Leaphorn's retired, and Jim Chee's on vacation. Yet, soon they are at the point in tracking down the criminals. As usual, their superior knowledge and openmindedness about what they hear allow them to draw conclusions that occur to no one else. Where else are those who should know the most ignored? Find those people and listen to them. You may well have a Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee available to help you. Anyone who is a Tony Hillerman fan will have lots of fun with this one! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Hunting Badger' is very exciting. It is a take-off on the shootings in Cortez, Colorado, where Officer Dale Claxton was killed. Tony Hillerman captures the event in his own story called 'Hunting Badger'. The story is set in New Mexico where a casino gets robbed and a security guard is murdered. This is where Hillerman's famous tribal police officers, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, are called to investigate the crime.

'Hunting Badger' is a very good book for high school and older age groups. Hillerman writes with very good detail explaining every setting and character and the plot of the story. Although a good book, the middle of the story gets really slow. This is probably the only bad point of the book. Other than that it is a good book, and it is recommend it to anybody.

Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I picked up a Hillerman book-too long. This was an excellant read. The characters are just as strong as they were in the first novel. Would highly recommend it to all mystery fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only half way through the book and can't wait for the next one. It's always interesting to see how Mr. Hillerman ties each new book to the previous one. They are not sequels, but I learned by reading 'Coyote Waits' 1st that you really need to read them in the order they were written to enjoy each one to the fullest. My only disappointment is that it is so long between books, but I guess if Mr. Hillerman wrote them faster they might not be as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tony Hillerman excels in weaving the past and present together in a warm tapestry of characterizations, brilliant descriptions, and understated intelligence. In Hunting Badger, as with many of his previous books, he combines the traditional and modern approach to solving the mystery. The relationship between Leaphorn and Jim Chee has developed into one of mutual respect, yet their differences are what really make these stories click. Hillerman is a consumate 'story teller', not just a writer!! He makes you feel like you are right there with his heroes as they struggle to catch up with the 'bad guys'. I am always thrilled to see a new Hillerman book on the shelves, and terribly disappointed to have it end. As I lay the book down, I feel like I'm saying 'Good Bye' to an old friend. Can't wait for the next one !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tony Hillerman has created another well-crafted, well-told story. His writing style is lyric, and the protagonists' characters are incredibly well-drawn and believable. He continues to work on the character development of women, bringing new facets to his story-telling craft. As with his prior works, reading Hunting Badger made me ache to return to New Mexico, to the searing hot, crystal clear desert summers. If you've never read a Hillerman novel before, this is a great introduction to the series (are there any that aren't?). The characters' histories are explained in a relaxed and unrepetitive manner. Some of the details may be opaque, but these details are not vital to the book or to Hillerman's body of work. Hunting Badger is not a demanding read, but a well-crafted and enjoyable one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the plot of Hunting Badger is not wildly different from Hillerman's many Jim Chee novels, it's still a very satisfying read. Hillerman's writing reflects the gentle candence I associate with Native American speech, and I love to 'listen' to the words as I read. So, rather than look for a new plot twist or a different kind of suspense, I enjoy the soft, thoughtful approach of Hillerman's protagonists. Keep them coming, Mr. Hillerman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the book Hunting Badger. I thought it was a really good but not one of Hillerman's best.I like the way he left the end open for another book. Can't wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The publisher depended too much on the reputation of Hillerman, Chee, and Leaphorn to sell this thrown together mystery. There are typographical errors (pg 66, line 8 'Cree' instead of Chee). And there is incontinuity: Joe Leaphorn mysteriously disappears from Jim Chee's company at the end of chapter 19. The editor should be fired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clearly not one of Hillerman's best, but then again, the expectations are so high. As much as I can't wait for Hillerman's next book (I've read them all), I think that he needs to take a break. Up until the end Hunting Badger was a very good read - couldn't wait for the ending which, unfortunately, was very disappointing. It was clear that Hillerman had run out of gas. Ironically, the paperbook edition of Hunting Badger has an excerpt from Hillerman's memoir that is to be released in the fall of 2001. It starts by saying that he had been working on his first book, Blessing Way, off and on for about thirty months and settled for a wrap-up chapter that was knowingly less than satisfactory. Fortunately, Hillerman's editor responded that Harper & Row wanted to publish it 'if you can write a better last chapter.' I wish that Hillerman had gotten similar advice this time.
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