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The Blessing Way (Mass Market Paperbound)
"By using his knowledge of the Native American Tribes in the Four
Corners area and a little influence from Australian writer Aurthur
Upfield’s mysteries, Hillerman introduced the world to Navajo tribal
officer, Joe Leaphorn. The series opened up the west as a setting for
crime and murder, giving big cities a run for their money; and it paved
the way for other Native American mysteries by the likes of Margret Coel
and C.M. Wendelboe. Even more important, it introduced the idea of the
mystery anthropology sub-genre where the “whodunit” story investigates a
culture as much as the crime."
Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high lonely place, a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.
About the Author
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.