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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (Dec 8 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061097861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061097867
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,127,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hillerman returns to his time-tested heroes, Navajo tribal police officers Sergeant Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (retired), for yet another satisfying mystery. For a listener, comfort comes with familiarity: the vivid sense of time and place conveyed. This is thanks in part to Guidall's reading, relaxed in its pacing yet sharp in its character development (demonstrating, once again, why he's considered to be among the best in the spoken-audio field). Based in part on a real 1998 case, the story concerns the armed robbery of a casino on the Ute reservation. The suspects have disappeared, and Chee has to see if he can find a local link to the crime. This involves lots of legwork, talking to local characters holed up in their remote trailer homes. Here Hillerman is in top form, creating dialogue that will bring listeners into real sympathy with the people and proceedings described. Also good on audio is Hillerman's strict sense of linear narrative, his respect for straight-ahead storytelling. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Navajo tribal police officers Joe Leaphorn (ret.) and Jim Chee are united again, this time in an effort to catch heavily armed right-wing militiamen who robbed an Indian casino and who may or may not be involved in a previous mishandled manhunt. Navajo and Ute myths and history are successfully woven into a modern mystery. Insights into Leaphorn's and Chee's personalities are unveiled against the backdrop of the scenic Southwest's beauty, other interesting characters, and peeks into Navajo life. The tale, which is well-read by George Guidall, also contains plenty of action and surprises, along with dynamic central characters struggling to live in the modern world without sacrificing their culture. Recommended.
-Denise A. Garofalo, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Hunting Badger, set in the Four Corners region of the US (junction of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah, which come together at four perfect 90-degree angles) which will be familiar to Hillerman's devoted readers, focuses on the violent ripoff of a casino on the Ute reservation. The wonderful character list includes the usual reservation cops, and a lady interest for both Leaphorn (whose beloved wife has died) and Chee (who took fer-frikkin'-ever to get over Janet Pete, his first love). But just as strong a character is the land itself, always a forceful and important presence in TH's wonderful books. There's even mining geology information in Hunting Badger. What you get in a good Tony Hillerman book is more than a story with memorable characters told in economical prose; you also get vivid mental pictures of the bleak beauty of the Southwest, insightful glimpses of Navajo culture, geology and geography lessons, and spiritual shaman lore.
For character development and follow-through, don't read this first; go back at the very beginning of this Leaphorn/Chee series and start with the first one. But if you just want a good book to read on the plane and this is the one that's available in the airport bookstore, then go ahead and buy it. You won't regret it.
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By KIC on March 24 2002
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As others have said, this is not the best but it seems to me to be editing problems. I have a hunch there were scenes left out better left in. I am really enjoying the developing characters and relationships. I enjoy that Chee and Leaphorn are actually realizing friendship and really hope to see it become a more solid and personal relationship. I disagree with another reader that Pete and Chee hardly had a relationship. But, it was never an easy one and like many young people it was not the level that should lead to marriage and I am relieved to see it come to this. Chee is exactly the type of romantic young man that would jump to this level in each relationship. I think Bernie is a great character but I hope that he doesn't "fall" for her quickly. I think Chee finally needs a friend first, much as the well developing relationship with Leaphorn and Bourbonette is taking.
My burning question, laugh though you will, is HOW DID CHEE GET THE CAT BACK?? I really thought that it would be covered. DId Mary ship him a kitten? Was there another one out there? A cat seems like a perfect companion for Chee but where the heck did this one come from? I suspect, again, that editing fervor chopped out this piece of info. The one other thing that bothered me was that Nakai's revelations to Chee did not seem to have more immediate impact. Instead, seems like that got sidelined (the impact more so than the use of the info).
Still, like always a good read. I hesitate to try any other book in the genre Hillerman fathered, because I know I would miss all the little daily, ordinary stuff anyone else would not take time to craft. The slow unfolding of the life is what I love about these novels. Slow but never, in my opinion, boring. I like that. Makes me feel like breathing.
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but I'd still recommend it.
Hillerman's writing is, as always, excellent. I think, though, that in this particular novel, his characterization is weak and the plot is more predictable than in his other books. I read this book in one night, and it was a fairly easy read. Unfortunately, I was able to predict most of the "upcoming events" in the novel fairly well, and I was also right (much to my dismay, I prefer to be kept guessing!) I've always liked Hillerman's books because of the fact that he starts out with little pieces of the mystery and by the end has them all woven into a coherent whole--without giving any of the upcoming plot away. In this particular novel, it's too easy to see how they all fit together long before the novel ends. More specifically, I would say that I had the issue of the plane worked out long before Chee did, and the badger reference worked out long before it became a gleam in Leaphorn's eye.
The characterization here was a bit weak. Maybe I missed one of the novels, but I didn't recall anything about Janet Pete and Chee having much of a relationship. I can't help but notice she's been dismissed so that Chee can find a full-blooded Navajo for a girlfriend. I think it would have been more interesting to have her wanting to return to her roots and the struggle she would have to undergo to make that work out. But here she's been dismissed as being corrupted because she's half white and she's lived in the cities too long. As a replacement, Leaphorn seems to be considering a relationship with the Professor (I can't remember her name), and of course a union between them wouldn't produce any children that were half white and half Navaho.
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In the previous Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn mystery, I sensed series fatigue and thought I would let go, but there was HUNTING BADGER and I thought well, one more time for old times' sake. Unfortunately, except for a strong portrayal of Chee and witty commentary on the FBI, this is tired. Female characters were never Hillerman's strong suit, but here they are mere shadows. There is no clear idea of just who the bad guys are, their characters and motives, though one is obvious almost from the beginning. Leaphorn does express chagrin that he did not see it coming and well he should. Perhaps it was intentional on Hillerman's behalf to build up the idea of Ironman, to comment on the power of legend in contemporary reality, but just letting that story line drop seems like a hurried rush to make deadline. There was another moment, an accident with gender pronouns, a his where there should have clearly been a her, that is yet more evidence of the sad lack of genuine editing skill in the publishing industry today. That said, this book does have Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn and the remarkable landscape they inhabit, as well as Hillerman's swift, direct sentences. If someone has not previously read a book in this series, I highly recommend beginning with A THIEF OF TIME or TALKING GOD, to get a sense of its true power.
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