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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (Dec 8 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061097861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061097867
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #920,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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 bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 4 2003
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While retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are hunting down the people responsible for a casino robbery, we learn that they may be tied to a legend of a mysterious indian (George Ironhand) that seems to have the ability to fly. Tied in with this is the concept of "Hunting Badger."
As with all of Tony Hillerman's stories you have the feeling you are there. In fact if you have visited or live in the area (Four Corners canyons) that the mystery takes part in, you will be better able to identify with the people and landmarks. And as with his other books there is an overt and covert story.
I have read the book but the addition of the voice of George Guidall ads a dimension to the story by helping visualize the people and correcting pronunciation of certain words. I suggest you read the book and listen to the recorded version.
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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2002
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If you want an action filled story that's full of blood and gore then this is not the book for you. If on the other hand you like a hero that would never consider himself a hero and uses his mind rather that his fists then you may like this book. If you have an interest in learning about different cultures then you will definitely like this book. Even though he usually leaves his pistol in the glove compartment of his pickup officer Jim Chee always seems to get his man. In his spare time he is learning to be a Navajo medicine man.
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Once again, Tony Hillerman uses his excellent knowledge of the ways and beliefs of the Navajo and other southwestern Indian peoples to craft a mystery that is at once engaging and educational. His frequent digs at the lumbering "Federal Bureau of Incompetence" are softened by his revelations of the guys working in the agency, trying to do their job under constant oversight from the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington. But what really makes his work stand out is that his people, good and bad, come across as real people.
If you've never read a Tony Hillerman book, this is one you will either love or hate, and if you hate it I pity you. If you're a Hillerman fan, then this is good, solid Hillerman, neither his best nor his least. But then I've never read one of his books I didn't like!
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Hillerman once again presents us with a masterpiece. "Hunting Badger" unites readers favorites lEAPHORN and CHEE in a case filled with nail-bitting suspense and gut-wrenching danger. Hillerman has that unmatched writing talent that makes readers want to travel the scenic vistas of his tales. If you haven't experienced one of Hillerman's wonderous works, "Hunting Badger" is your chance. Beverly J Scott Author of Righteous Revenge
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This is the first Hillerman story I've read, so I understand that I'm missing a bunch of background on the Chee and Leaphorn characters and my overall enjoyment might be hindered. However, of the 350 pages or so of this book, at least 50 could be eliminated due to the repetitive writing. The same bits of story being told two or even three times for no apparent reason. I found myself wondering, again and again, if I had already gone over something only to realize that yes, I had!
I am all for a story languidly and specifically unwinding toward its conclusion, as this one does. I think, however, that it needs to be done with some forward momentum and it needs to be able to maintain a certain level of interest for the reader. The writing here is weak and the story, not just obvious, is really just kind of boring.
I am looking forward to trying out another title in Hillerman's canon with better results.
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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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