Rock with Wings (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series #2)

Rock with Wings (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series #2)

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062270511
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 181,848
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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.
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.
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 this! Can’t wait for more!
EPClark More than 1 year ago
In "Rock with Wings," Anne Hillerman continues to rework her father's mystery series set amongst the Navajo police force in the Four Corners region. As with "Spider Woman's Daughter," her previous book, she focuses on Bernie Manuelito, the female police officer whom her father introduced late in the series. The focus on Bernie and her relationship with her mother and sister gives a welcome addition of depth to the book, emphasizing women's relationships and the issues that Navajo women face, as well as the changing nature of Navajo society. As with the previous books, the highlight of the book is not so much the mystery itself, although there is enough of it to keep the reader interested until the end, but the cultural side of the story and its look into Navajo culture. Hillerman aims to put the reader, who is presumably not Navajo, into the heads of her Navajo characters, who look on mainstream white culture from the outside. It's probably a salutary experience for many readers, although some of the ways in which it is handled may alienate readers more than it draws them in--I for one am never going to sympathize with a character who doesn't like dogs, no matter what their reasons or how culturally appropriate it is. Still, it's for the most part a fun read and gives a fascinating glimpse into a world that most Americans are ignorant of, and there are some genuinely tense and/or creepy moments involving skinwalkers that will raise the hairs on the necks of suggestible readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've tried, I really have - and I wanted to like these books. I won't buy another after this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miserable ending. Very disappointed in this work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved her father's stories and she carries on without missing a beat.
ChuckLaBee More than 1 year ago
Rock With Wings Takes Flight. The second book by Anne Hillerman, continuing the series begun by her father. I enjoyed this book. It's as good as, in some ways better than, her first. (This might be partly because we did the audio version for both, and I think the reader got better on this one. Chee's voice in the first book was overly slow, making him seem doltish. The pronunciation pace seemed improved in this second book.) Overall I really like Hillerman's character development. Focus is heavily on Bernie Manualito and her family interactions. Also her daily life within the Navajo Police department. There's a lot involving Chee, acting separately from Bernie for most of the book, in a different part of the reservation over in Monument Valley. Very little about Leaphorn in this one, but some. Hillerman concentrates on modern Navajo life, the real life problems of current dwellers on the Res. And there's a lot about the real life of police work: Which can be a lot of day-to-day routine (here described entertainingly, of course), interspersed with occasional adrenaline action scenes. Sort of like real life. I liked the mix. Recommended. And looking forward to the next one.
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.
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.