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The Wailing Wind [Mass Market Paperback]

Tony Hillerman
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March 13 2003

Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road -- with a rich ex-con's phone number in his pocket ... and a tobacco tin nearly filled with tracer gold. It's her initial mishandling of the scene that spell trouble for her supervisor, Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police -- but it's the echoes of a long ago crime that call the legendary former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn out of retirement. Years earlier, Leaphorn followed the trail of a beautiful, young, and missing wife to a dead end, and his failure has haunted him ever since. But ghosts never sleep in these high, lonely Southwestern hills. And the twisted threads of craven murders past and current may finally be coming together, thanks to secrets once moaned in torment on the desert wind.


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A lost gold mine, a corpse in an abandoned pickup truck, and an eerie wailing heard on Halloween are among the delicious plot elements Tony Hillerman cooks up in his 15th novel featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The two Navajo cops, one old and one young--who originally debuted in separate series but have been collaborating for many books now--are among the most engaging, fully human characters in crime fiction. As usual, Hillerman puts them to work in a suspenseful, satisfying tale that integrates a wealth of Navajo lore plus breathtaking evocations of the American Southwest, all delivered in prose as clear, clean, and easy-flowing as a mountain stream. Longtime readers will be delighted by several developments, including a prominent role for the appealing Officer Bernadette Manuelito and a glimpse at the phlegmatic Leaphorn's testy side. But Hillerman welcomes new arrivals as well, with enough exposition to get you oriented.

Many writers have tried to follow Hillerman's trail, setting murder mysteries in Native American cultural landscapes. Many do a fine job. But, as The Wailing Wind beautifully demonstrates, there's only one Tony Hillerman. In this book he's at the top of his game. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The 15th Chee/Leaphorn mystery (after 1999's relatively weak Hunting Badger) finds MWA Grand Master Hillerman back at the top of his form as his two Navajo peace officers look into both a past and present mystery. Religious fervency and single-minded greed become strange but necessary bedfellows in a plot filled, as always, with insights into the lives and beliefs of the "Dineh." When an abandoned pickup truck turns out to contain one very dead white man, Sgt. Jim Chee's instincts lead him to bring retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn into the case. Leaphorn's trademark curiosity sends him in search of possible links between this homicide and another two years earlier. The first murder occurred on Halloween day when Wiley Denton supposedly shot Marvin McKay in self-defense after McKay tried to sell him bogus information about an old gold mine. That same day Denton's wife, Linda, disappeared; she has never been heard from again. Leaphorn's recollection of what had been shrugged off as a Halloween prank out at old Fort Wingate now becomes the itch he has to scratch. It seems a group of teens shortcutting across the area had endured a close call with La Llorana, a mythical wailing woman. The information he gathers adds yet another piece to the puzzle of the missing Linda. Chee is up to his elbows in not only the investigation but also in sorting through his growing emotional confusion about the beautiful Bernadette Manuelito. The seemingly insignificant turns critical and the loose ends tie up in one tidy conclusion as Hillerman repeatedly shines in this masterfully complex new novel.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Two warriors help a dragon fly out of the mud." Aug. 20 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:School & Library Binding
Rookie Navaho police officer Bernadette Manuelito is making her round when she spots what looks to be an abandoned truck. Upon closer inspection she finds what appears to be a drunk sleeping it off in the seat. Yep you guessed it when she touched him he was cold, dead cold.

All of our old palls from previous novels converge on the seen that turn out to be a homicide as the individual was shot in the back.

As the story progresses we get the thing that makes Hillerman, Hillerman; there are graphic descriptions of the landscape and weather. We also get a small indoctrination into the Navaho way as a shaman and an old man are interrogated. Yes and the is also a love interest or two as scene mostly through the eves of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and suspect Wiley Denton of who seems to have misplaced his wife..

I suggest that just before you read this or while you are reading this that you also have a copy of the book "Hillerman Country: A Journey Through the Southwest with Tony Hillerman" It is a book filled with the pictures of the areas mentioned in this book (Including the torques mountain.)

You can tell that this book was written later on the series because the characters refer back to earlier times and other misters. The references are casual enough that if you had not read the other books you would not notice them.

As with most Hillerman novels the answer to the main riddle is usually immediately or soon figured out so we have fun finding out how long it will take the characters to catch up. Many a time different characters have clues and do not compare in time to act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Two warriors help a dragon fly out of the mud." July 23 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Rookie Navaho police officer Bernadette Manuelito is making her round when she spots what looks to be an abandoned truck. Upon closer inspection she finds what appears to be a drunk sleeping it off in the seat. Yep you guessed it when she touched him he was cold, dead cold.

All of our old palls from previous novels converge on the seen that turn out to be a homicide as the individual was shot in the back.

As the story progresses we get the thing that makes Hillerman, Hillerman; there are graphic descriptions of the landscape and weather. We also get a small indoctrination into the Navaho way as a shaman and an old man are interrogated. Yes and the is also a love interest or two as scene mostly through the eves of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and suspect Wiley Denton of who seems to have misplaced his wife..

I suggest that just before you read this or while you are reading this that you also have a copy of the book "Hillerman Country: A Journey Through the Southwest with Tony Hillerman" It is a book filled with the pictures of the areas mentioned in this book (Including the torques mountain.)

You can tell that this book was written later on the series because the characters refer back to earlier times and other misters. The references are casual enough that if you had not read the other books you would not notice them.

As with most Hillerman novels the answer to the main riddle is usually immediately or soon figured out so we have fun finding out how long it will take the characters to catch up. Many a time different characters have clues and do not compare in time to act.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars "Two warriors help a dragon fly out of the mud." July 23 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Rookie Navaho police officer Bernadette Manuelito is making her round when she spots what looks to be an abandoned truck. Upon closer inspection she finds what appears to be a drunk sleeping it off in the seat. Yep you guessed it when she touched him he was cold, dead cold.

All of our old palls from previous novels converge on the seen that turn out to be a homicide as the individual was shot in the back.

As the story progresses we get the thing that makes Hillerman, Hillerman; there are graphic descriptions of the landscape and weather. We also get a small indoctrination into the Navaho way as a shaman and an old man are interrogated. Yes and the is also a love interest or two as scene mostly through the eves of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and suspect Wiley Denton of who seems to have misplaced his wife..

I suggest that just before you read this or while you are reading this that you also have a copy of the book "Hillerman Country: A Journey Through the Southwest with Tony Hillerman" It is a book filled with the pictures of the areas mentioned in this book (Including the torques mountain.)

You can tell that this book was written later on the series because the characters refer back to earlier times and other misters. The references are casual enough that if you had not read the other books you would not notice them.

As with most Hillerman novels the answer to the main riddle is usually immediately or soon figured out so we have fun finding out how long it will take the characters to catch up. Many a time different characters have clues and do not compare in time to act.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars "Two warriors help a dragon fly out of the mud." July 27 2005
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rookie Navaho police officer Bernadette Manuelito is making her round when she spots what looks to be an abandoned truck. Upon closer inspection she finds what appears to be a drunk sleeping it off in the seat. Yep you guessed it when she touched him he was cold, dead cold.

All of our old palls from previous novels converge on the seen that turn out to be a homicide as the individual was shot in the back.

As the story progresses we get the thing that makes Hillerman, Hillerman; there are graphic descriptions of the landscape and weather. We also get a small indoctrination into the Navaho way as a shaman and an old man are interrogated. Yes and the is also a love interest or two as scene mostly through the eves of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and suspect Wiley Denton of who seems to have misplaced his wife..

I suggest that just before you read this or while you are reading this that you also have a copy of the book "Hillerman Country: A Journey Through the Southwest with Tony Hillerman" It is a book filled with the pictures of the areas mentioned in this book (Including the torques mountain.)

You can tell that this book was written later on the series because the characters refer back to earlier times and other misters. The references are casual enough that if you had not read the other books you would not notice them.

As with most Hillerman novels the answer to the main riddle is usually immediately or soon figured out so we have fun finding out how long it will take the characters to catch up. Many a time different characters have clues and do not compare in time to act.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but not Hillerman's Best
As a reader of many of Hillerman's mysteries, though none within the past several years, I was glad to read once more of Joe Leaphorn, now retired, Jim Chee, and Officer Manuelito. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Philip A. True
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Winded
I didn't care too much for this book, it just didn't meet my expectations. Some reviewers have likened the lightweight storyline to the Hardy Boys; I suggest that Jessica Fletcher... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by C. T. Mikesell
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll read any book with Leaphorn and Chee in it
The Wailing Wind continues Hillerman's series with Joe Leaphorn (the wise old guy) and Jim Chee (the newcomer to the police force on the rez). Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by Peggy Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Crafted Page Turner
So my review title isn't too captivating, but the same goes for picking up a mystery that is part of an ongoing series. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2003 by Paul J. Mazzoni
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Friends
Hillerman has a formula at work in his Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mystery series, and. as time goes on, the smooth coating wears in places here and there and the fundamental structure... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by C. Ebeling
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
They're all good. Some better than others, perhaps. This book did the trick for me. I don't really know which is my favorite by H. or which one I'd start someone with. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by quietstorm
4.0 out of 5 stars Hillerman's back in the swing...
Tony Hillerman is back in form with The Wailing Wind. As with most Hillerman mysteries, this book follows the same formula. Read more
Published on June 22 2003 by Cynthia K. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep, a five.
I enjoy the way Tony Hillerman brings out the atmosphere of the four-corners west. I've read just about all of his novels. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by Albert Verrill
4.0 out of 5 stars Hillerman's the master of the "character suspense" novel.
I've read every one of Tony's Hillerman's novels and I never tire of him. It's not that the books are great mystery classics--it's pretty obvious from the word "go" in The Wailing... Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by David J. Gannon
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