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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Harper; Abridged edition (July 10 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694520985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694520985
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 23 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
"Sun will be created - They say he has planned it all."

Skinwalkers are witches in the Navaho legends and can fly or turn themselves into a dog or wolf. This mystery involves the conflict between Skinwalkers and shamen and belegana medicine. Then again it may be a straight forward set of independent murders. In any event it looks like some one is out to kill Navajo Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and he has not got a clue as to why.

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.

I first saw the TV version of Skinwalkers with Robert Redford. He has a habit of redfordizing stories for his own agenda. This book was so strongly written that I thought Redford did not have a chance to modify it. I was wrong.

The book is much more in depth and the motive and additional characters made the mystery much more intriguing.
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My book is about a mystery that goes on in the Navajo Nation. The characters in the book are victims that are bothered in the night. The main characters in the book goes on a investagation to find the culprit of the raids in the night. The characters name is Jim Cheeand he is one of the people that are afraid of the night. He as a cat that doesn't go out at night to hunt because it is to scared.The book takes place in Farmington and Shiprock, Chinle. It all started with a gun shot near Jim Chee's house. The police try to help him find the skinwalker that is bmessing around with him. Some of the stories that go around the Navajo Nation are true. The stories are mainley about skinwalkers that are messing with people. The book is really cool because it really twist your mind. I also think that people that read it is going to get scared because I got scared reading it in the night. My mom bought me the book because she thought I would it and I did. I gave the book five stars because it is a reality thing. They made a movie about it but I never got the chance to see it. The book is very interesting and it really takes your breath away. Some people have already read it and they probably think it's really cool. I also think the author really is bringing southwest alive and making it interesting.
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Hillerman a bestselling author of fictional mysteries about the Navajo's and there ways, brings together another mysterious tale of ritual and witchcraft. "Skinwalkers" is a book as mysterious as it's name , leads you into the dark suspence of a person of wicked doings, a skinwalker. The story shows conflicts between the skinwalker and Officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn as they battle the dark and mysterious ways of the evil skinwalker.
Hillerman has proven that he's taken the time to go into the Navajo culture - good and evil. The story also shows great imagery in talking about the Navajo's traditional doings and also the ways of the wicked and very mysterious skinwalker. I would recomend this book to those who like mysterious and yet interesting ways of a different culture.
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I found Chee's interest in training to be a shaman fascinating. He is the one with the people skills which is what makes people at the Tribal Police and the Navajos like and trust him (in my opinion is what helps make or break a case. Knowing how people tick and getting them to trust and confide in you. Going by the book doesn't always break a case.)
Even better is Chee's acceptance of his background, while Leaphorn, the big city detective, relies more on "white" ways to solve murders by going strictly by the book.
I really don't find Chee "flaky" as one reviewer put it. There are more than one way to look at things and Chee and Leaphorn represent this.
The whole bit about skinwalkers was wonderful and adds considerable suspense to the story.
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As long time fans of Tony Hillerman know, Navaho Tribal Police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn didn't always work together. In fact, for the first half dozen or so novels in Hillerman's series of mysteries, the two characters were pretty much independent of one another, starring in their own novels without the benefit of each others company (although Leaphorn does get a passing reference in the Jim Chee-centered People of Darkness). But all that changed with Skinwalkers, where for the first time Hillerman has his two principal characters work together side-by-side on a case, and in the process start what has to be one of the best Holmes-Watson combinations in all of literature.
The book starts out with a bang, literally. Someone fires three shots into Jim Chee's dilapidated trailer while he's inside, missing him by inches. Why someone would want to kill him he hasn't the faintest idea, but is there any connection between this and three unsolved murders on the Navaho reservation? And how, of all things, do reports of witchcraft and "skinwalkers" (the evil shape-changers of Navaho myth) fit into the puzzle? Lt. Leaphorn wants to know, Sgt. Chee can't let so personal a mystery go uninvestigated, and before long the two are navigating their way through that trademark intricate array of clues woven with Navaho folklore that have made Hillerman such a staple with mystery fans.
It's hard to dislike any of the novels in this series, and Skinwalkers is one of the best. The mystery is tight and interesting, the characters engaging, and there is that whole fascinating world of the Dinee, the Navaho people, that Hillerman so obviously loves to explore. Skinwalkers is especially a good place to start for those who have never read a Navaho Tribal Police novel before, because it is at the start of the Leaphorn & Chee combination that has dominated the series ever since (although don't forget to pick up those earlier novels!). Highly recommended.
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