Since his retirement from the Navajo Tribal Police, Joe Leaphorn has occasionally been enticed to return to work by former colleagues who seek his help when they need to solve a particularly puzzling crime. They ask because Leaphorn, aided by officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, always delivers.
But this time the problem is with an old case of Joe's—his "last case," unsolved, is one that continues to haunt him. And with Chee and Bernie just back from their honeymoon, Leaphorn is pretty much on his own.
The original case involved a priceless, one-of-a-kind Navajo rug supposedly destroyed in a fire. Suddenly, what looks like the same rug turns up in a magazine spread. And the man who brings the photo to Leaphorn's attention has gone missing. Leaphorn must pick up the threads of a crime he'd thought impossible to untangle. Not only has the passage of time obscured the details, but it also appears that there's a murderer still on the loose.
New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman is at the top of his form in this atmospheric and riveting novel set amid the rugged beauty of his beloved Southwest.
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Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.From AudioFile:
George Guidall owns these wonderful Tony Hillerman stories, in which Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police solve crimes using their deep knowledge of Navajo legends and customs. In this one, Leaphorn, retired, is drawn back into an unsolved case by the reappearance of a priceless Navajo rug that had been thought destroyed in a fire. Chee and his policewoman bride, Bernie, are mostly unavailable to help, and Leaphorn, without a badge or legal gun or the right to pry, has a tricky time of it. The title shape shifter is a real-life version of a creature from tribal legend, an evil being with the power to disappear and reappear as something else. Guidall is a vocal shape shifter himself, and wonderfully effective. B.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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