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The Fallen Man [Mass Market Paperback]

Tony Hillerman
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm.... Oct. 31 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was immensly boring. I feel utterly stupid for having wasted my time reading this blithering mass of mindless jargon. This mystery did NOT keep me on the edge of my seat like it should have. The characters were poorly described and muh! What a waste! I'm just sorry that I couldn't choose to give negative stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Visiting Two Old Friends March 23 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was so nice to catch up with Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee again that the story was almost secondary. Joe has always been my favorite of the two, but Jim Chee's character really captivated me in this one. Every part of this book has something to recommend it. The mystery is intriguing. The process of solving the mystery is very interesting. And the resolution is perfect when considered in the light of the Navaho search for harmony and balance. All in all, a great read. Now, if Mr. Hillerman could just write them as fast as I read them, all would be well.
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I love reading Hillerman. When you live in New Mexico you know first hand what he's writing about. That is until I was at page 4 of the "Fallen Man" and Hillerman described the autumn sun as being "far to the north" and "the shadow of Ship Rock .... stretched southeastward". That stopped me in my tracks right there and I had to read it again several times.
First of all, the sun sets far to the south in autumn and the shadows stretch northeast. The only way I could explain this error is perhaps Hillerman placed the scene in the late spring in an earlier draft, then changed the season without changing other details. I was disappointed that Hillerman didn't catch this.
In Roswell, New Mexico, I watch the summer sun set behind El Capitan Mountain that sits on the most northern point of the suns path through the sky. El Capitan looks like a pyramid and acts as a buffer from the strong rays of the setting sun. As the sun travels back to the south on the western horizen in the fall, I am very aware of its position because it shines right in my face as I drive home. That is first hand knowledge for you.
This small detail might not be important to a lot of people, but it was a glaring (forgive the pun) error on the writer's part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Same Hillerman elements with a different slant July 23 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Looks like a skeleton of a climber was found on a ledge on Ship Rock. Could this solve the mystery of a person missing for many years? Retired Joe Leaphorn is given a retainer to find out the circumstances. He enlists the help of Jim Chee.

Chee has his plate pretty full trying to juggle his love life, being acting LT., dealing with an over zealous assistant. On top of that he has to compete with a boring snob of an authority in tracking down cattle rustler(s).

As usual all the clues are laid out in the open and if one works at it they may be able to peace the puzzle together before Joe or Jim. It is fun watching how it is reviled to them. We also have plenty of what makes Hillerman famous and that is descriptions of the Four Corners area and the Navaho way. I appreciate this as I have spent many a summer watching Ship Rock from Mesa Verde.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Who-Done-It with a twist July 18 2000
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This is a detective novel, with a cultural twist that I found entertaining. The addition of insights into the Navajo culture clearly enhanced this book and made it into something significantly better than the simple "who done it" it would otherwise have been.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Major Disappointment Feb. 28 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Who would have thought that Hillerman could disappoint so greatly? The ending of this book is so murky that it is impossible to figure out what happened. Isn't that missing the point in a mystery? I am a great Hillerman fan, but this book needed more editing. Perhaps he has become like the proverbial 600 lb. gorilla and his editors are afraid to guide him. Its a shame. I no longer await the next Hillerman with anticipation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's good but it's not the best Feb. 1 1999
By A Customer
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I found this book confusing
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5.0 out of 5 stars VINTAGE HILLERMAN Dec 2 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read The Fallen Man with great anticipation and was not disappointed. Hillerman's new developments with Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn brought great satisfaction. The unique style of writing takes me back to the southwest so vividly. Great plot, great characters and a very exciting conclusion.
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