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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Harper; Abridged edition (July 10 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694520985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694520985
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.8 x 16.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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Vibrant with the spirit of the Navajo people of the Southwest, Hillerman's new story is a spellbinder, like his Edgar Winner Dance Hall of the Dead and other praised novels. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the tribal police work together here, trying to solve crimes that resist logic. There are no clues to three homicides or to the attempted murder of Chee. Leaphorn thinks a "skinwalker," or witch, could have attacked the victims, all adherents of shamanism, as they are otherwise unrelated. The skinwalkers represent a schism between witchcraft and the traditional Navajo Way. A second attempt on Chee bolsters Leaphorn's suspicion since Chee is an aspiring shaman. The story gathers momentum and tension as the partners get closer to the moment when the murderer comes into the open, and the tragic reason for the crimes becomes painfully clear. 30,000 first printing; BOMC alternate; author tour.
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“Superb and pure pleasure to read.” (Washington Post Book World)

“Hillerman is unique, and Skinwalkers is one of his best works yet.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Choice reading for plot, characters, and superb setting—don’t miss Skinwalkers.” (Chicago Tribune) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Bernie TOP 500 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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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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Hillerman's marvelous mysteries pit Officer Jim Chee and Lt. Joe Leaporn against a variety of nefarious evil doers. In "Skinwalkers" the two are brought together and must find out who is trying to kill Chee. Hillerman's intricate plots are set with colorful detail in the Navajo reservation areas of the southwest. Reading the stories yields an appreciation of the nation within a nation of the Navajo Indian. The two tribal policemen have adapted in different ways to life influenced by two cultures.
The pragmatic and more experienced Leaphorn reflects to himself: "Getting old, . . . He had reached the ridge and now the slope was downward. The thought didn't depress him, but it gave him an odd sense of pressure, of time moving past him, of things needed to be done before time ran out. Leaphorn considered this, and laughed. Most un-Navajo thinking. He had been around white men far too long."
Chee is more spiritual and embraces Indian mysticism. He strives to become a healer in addition to being a competent police officer. "Chee believed in penicillin and insulin and heart bypass surgery. But he also believed that something far beyond the understanding of modern medicine controlled life and death."
The complexity of character enriches these entertaining whodunit novels and makes them very satisfying reading.
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