Hunting Badger Mass Market Paperback – Dec 8 2000
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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.
From Library Journal
As the FBI bungles its way through a manhunt near the Navajo Reservation (in a scenario based on actual events), Hillerman stalwarts Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn take charge from the sidelines.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by B. Chandler
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002
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... Read morePublished on July 14 2002
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... Read morePublished on May 5 2002 by Beverly J. Scott
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. Read morePublished on April 14 2002 by Bill
It's not a bad book and there are some interesting twists in the plot but it's written at a pretty low level. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001
After reading this book, which I received as a "freebie" from a book club, I went to see the amazon.com ratings. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2001
I enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of mysteries, especially mysteries like this one. Tony Hillerman is a fine story teller, and he captures the multicultural aspects of the... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2001 by Margarita Sanchez