Sacred Clowns (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #11)

Sacred Clowns (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #11)

by Tony Hillerman
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Sacred Clowns (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #11) by Tony Hillerman

An Ancient Trust
Is Broken

During a Tano kachina ceremony something in the antics of the dancing koshare fills the air with tension. Moments later the clown is found brutally bludgeoned in the same manner that a reservation schoolteacher was killed just days before.

In true Navajo style, Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Leaphorn of the Tribal Police go back to the beginning to decipher the sacred clowns message to the people of the Tano pueblo. Amid guarded tribal secrets and crooked Indian traders, they find a trail of blood that links a runaway schoolboy, two dead bodies, and the mysterious presence of a sacred artifact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780780753129
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication date: 07/28/1994
Series: Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series , #11

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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Sacred Clowns 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Tano Pueblo is having a Koshare ceremony. The Koshares, known as the Sacred Clowns, are doing their dance of laughter and protest to the greedy. But it's no laughing matter when one of the Koshares is murdered at the ceremony. And a teacher is murdered about 200 miles away in Throeau N.M. Lt. Leaphorn, and Officer Chee are looking to find the murderer of the teacher. While wondering who murdered the Koshare, which was a homicide commited out of their jurisdiction. This book was not just another mystery book to me, i considered this book one of the best mysterys ever written in history. You must read this book, you will enjoy it i promise you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The murder of a local Navajo school teacher and an official at the Tano Indian pueblo seem unrelated to Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police in Tony Hillerman¿s ¿Sacred Clowns.¿ But a runaway schoolboy provides the necessary connection and Leaphorn and Chee are off on one of their best investigations. Hillerman chooses the pueblo scene well. The kachinas (sacred clowns) dance their way into the heart of the book, with description that is compelling, even mesmerizing. It takes the patient, by-the-books efforts of Leaphorn and the sometimes unorthodox (even naive) methods of Chee (a great combination) to bring this case to a close. Of all the Hillerman books, this one certainly ranks among his very best. He seems to have taken his time, even relished in the deliberate pacing of the novel, much to the discernable reader¿s delight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing story laced with culture of Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. If you are interested in the Southwestern tribes, this series is for you. Best read in order as story sometimes builds on earlier books. Wonderful descriptions of scenery, flora and fauna.
bgray4280 More than 1 year ago
hard book to put down, lots of twisting around. well worth reading
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as always Tony Hillerman has wrote one on the best books about the west and the Navaho Indians. I just love all of his books
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