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A Thief Of Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Tomy Hillerman
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Jan. 1 1990 Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels

A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlit Indian ruin where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground for profit. When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site, Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth the astonishing truth behind a mystifying series of horrific murders.


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From Publishers Weekly

Here, kicking off a new mass market paperback line, tribal police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee head a big and skillfully realized cast involved in the disappearance of an anthropologist. "Hillerman's new novel seamlessly unites drama, pathos and naturally humorous incidents in the continuing story of Navajo life set in the American Southwest," lauded PW. $250,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- Hillerman's fans have another hit to celebrate, another surprising mysterious adventure. It may be a toss-up as to what draws them most strongly: varied, detailed, and fascinating revelations of contemporary culture; or compelling, complex, and original murder mysteries. Against the backdrop of the puzzle of the long-ago vanished Anasazi people, a complex mystery emerges in which Anglo culture and values pull against those of the Navajo, resulting in a bizarre series of murders solved by the Navajo Tribal Police. Fast, literate, absorbing reading with unique settings and characters, this title is for lovers of adventure as well as mystery.
- Annette Demeritt, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thief of time is a pot pilferer July 23 2010
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As with most Hillerman formulas, we have separate mysteries that overlap in time and place. Almost retired with just a few days to go Lt. Joe Leaphorn, Navajo Tribal Police, is looking for a missing anthropologist Dr. Eleanor Friedman-Bernal who disappeared, leaving an extensively prepared meal in the refrigerator. And Officer Jim Chee looking for a missing back-ho that he was supposed to be watching due to a chronic thieving problem.

Now do not jump to conclusions. Hillerman thinly veils his mysteries and you can pretty much guess the conclusion. This time it is a waste to try. We get his colorful description of the four corners country. Also, we get an insight into Navajo culture. You may go a little potty with details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Hillerman guy Nov. 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Did you know you can take a topographical map of the Four Corners area and track every arroyo, every butte, every mesa and canyon and rio seco mentioned in Hillerman's books? They're all there. Just get yourself a 4-wheel drive vehicle and go off road and have an adventure as you read each of his mystery tales. Right where he says the truck in his book went left into what looks like an untracked wilderness down a barely-visible double track leading to god knows where, sure enough, there those faint tracks in the dust appear.
Set against the backdrop of the long-vanished Anasazi, Hillerman weaves a complex tale setting Anglo culture against the values of the Dinai, the Navajo tribal people. Elderly Joe Leaphorn and brash newcomer Jim Chee (with one foot in the spirituality of the Navajo healers and the other in the Western world) combine forces to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of an anthropologist.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A so-so read July 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
This was the first Hillerman novel I ever read.How it ever became a best seller amazes me! Fortunately it was the only book I had with me on vacation, or I would never have gotten through it. About halfway through, however, things did improve.
Hillerman does a good job of evoking the flavor of the Southwest and the story is interesting enough. But, I made the mistake of reading this immediately after having read Michael Crichton's "Timeline" which is a much more engaging and entertaining book.
Based on my experience I doubt that I'll read another of Hillerman's works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as usual June 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lives up to all hillerman's books
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5.0 out of 5 stars criminal cases April 17 2003
By brandon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book Review
Have you ever watched Cops or America's Most Wanted? Well, Tony Hillerman calls the book that I am about to tell you about A Thief Of Time. This book is interesting because it was about police stories and how criminals always seem to get away from the cops every time they seem to commit a crime.
If you like police stories, then you will absolutely love this book. It is about police stories that happened a long time ago. It is about how they steal precious pottery and priceless jewelry. The thief is too quick however; the police are just too slow to catch them.
It was in a second persons point of view. "Now she picked it up, put an arm through the carry strap, changed her mind. She unzipped the side pocket and extracted the pistol. It was a .25 caliber automatic." Leaphorn was a dynamic character because he changed throughout the entire book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars criminal cases April 17 2003
By brandon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book Review
Have you ever watched Cops or America's Most Wanted? Well, Tony Hillerman calls the book that I am about to tell you about A Thief Of Time. This book is interesting because it was about police stories and how criminals always seem to get away from the cops every time they seem to commit a crime.
If you like police stories, then you will absolutely love this book. It is about police stories that happened a long time ago. It is about how they steal precious pottery and priceless jewelry. The thief is too quick however; the police are just too slow to catch them.
It was in a second persons point of view. "Now she picked it up, put an arm through the carry strap, changed her mind. She unzipped the side pocket and extracted the pistol. It was a .25 caliber automatic." Leaphorn was a dynamic character because he changed throughout the entire book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars criminal cases April 17 2003
By brandon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book Review
Have you ever watched Cops or America's Most Wanted? Well, Tony Hillerman calls the book that I am about to tell you about A Thief Of Time. This book is interesting because it was about police stories and how criminals always seem to get away from the cops every time they seem to commit a crime.
If you like police stories, then you will absolutely love this book. It is about police stories that happened a long time ago. It is about how they steal precious pottery and priceless jewelry. The thief is too quick however; the police are just too slow to catch them.
It was in a second persons point of view. "Now she picked it up, put an arm through the carry strap, changed her mind. She unzipped the side pocket and extracted the pistol. It was a .25 caliber automatic." Leaphorn was a dynamic character because he changed throughout the entire book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars criminal cases April 17 2003
By brandon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book Review
Have you ever watched Cops or America's Most Wanted? Well, Tony Hillerman calls the book that I am about to tell you about A Thief Of Time. This book is interesting because it was about police stories and how criminals always seem to get away from the cops every time they seem to commit a crime.
If you like police stories, then you will absolutely love this book. It is about police stories that happened a long time ago. It is about how they steal precious pottery and priceless jewelry. The thief is too quick however; the police are just too slow to catch them.
It was in a second persons point of view. "Now she picked it up, put an arm through the carry strap, changed her mind. She unzipped the side pocket and extracted the pistol. It was a .25 caliber automatic." Leaphorn was a dynamic character because he changed throughout the entire book.
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