Tony Hillerman wrote many novels featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police. The first three books featured Joe Leaphorn, the next three featured Jim Chee, and Skinwalkers, the seventh book in the series, brings Leaphorn and Chee together.
When the cat came through the little trapdoor at the bottom of the screen it made a clack-clack sound. Slight, but enough to awaken Jim Chee. Chee had been moving in and out of the very edge of sleep, turning uneasily on the narrow bed, pressing himself uncomfortably against the metal tubes that braced the aluminum skin of his trailer. the sound brought him enough awake to be aware that his sheet was tangled uncomfortably around his chest.
The novel is a great read with or without reading the previous novels in the series. Whichever book you read first will introduce you to the wonderful and sometimes weird ways of the Navajo people from one particular corner of America. Most of the book is set at a gentle pace for a relaxing read after work. The last few chapters are worth reading without interruption.
The story is set in Badwater Wash in the Big reservation. Badwater Wash is fictitious. The Big reservation is the Navajo Nation covering the four joining corners of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico with the bulk in Arizona. Select the map to see the map full size.
Read more about the Navajo at the Indian Health Service.
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