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Tony Hillerman's bestselling Navajo mysteries have thrilled millions of readers with their taut, intricate plotting, sensitive, subtle characterizations and lyrical evocations of landscapes and cultures. Now he departs his trademark terrain and applies his talents to a story he has wanted to tell for decades about an ordinary man thrust into total chaos.

Until the telephone call came for him on April 12, 1975, the world of Moon Mathias had settled into a predictable routine. He knew who he was. He was the disappointing son of Victoria Mathias, the brother of the brilliant, recently dead Ricky Mathias and a man who could be counted on to solve small problems. But the telephone caller was an airport security officer, and the news he delivered handed Moon a problem as large as Southeast Asia.

His mother, who should be in her Florida apartment, is fighting for her life in a Los Angeles hospital -- stricken while en route to the Philippines to bring home a grandchild they hadn't known existed. The papers in her purse send Moon into a world totally strange to him. They lure him down the back streets of Manila, to a rural cockfight, into the odd Filipino prison on Palawan Island and finally across the South China Sea to where Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge is turning Cambodia into killing fields and Communist rockets are beginning to fall on the outskirts of Saigon.

Finding Moon is many things: a latter-day adventure epic, a deftly orchestrated romance, an arresting portrait of an exotic realm engulfed in turmoil, and a neatly turned tale of suspense. Most of all, it is a singular story of how a plain, uncertain man finds his best self.

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061806681
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I had expected another Chee or Leaphorn story. This is more of an adventure, than a mystery. The story is set at the tail end of the Vietnam war, the protagonist, Moon Methias, is searching for the daughter of his deceased brother. In the process of finding his neice, he also finds himself. The book is about him remaking himself through adventure that mounts, he persists in spite of himself. The reader is lead to believe the search is for the child, but much if it is about himself.more
Set in Southeast Asia, this novel is a departure from Mr. Hillerman's Navajo mysteries. Moon Mathias has let his past mistakes keep him from seeing his true self. As the title suggests, his experiences looking for his orphaned niece during the chaos at the end of the Vietnam War are a springboard into who he really is, not who he thinks he is. There's plenty of tension and misery in the novel, along with some subtle romance and genuine humanity in the midst of wartime insanity.more
Moon Mathias lives with a great grief. He is determined not to fail again, but at what cost? This time he must go into Vietnam and Cambodia in an effort to find his niece and bring her out, but both countries are in the midst of upheaval and turmoil. It is 1975, America is pulling out of Vietnam and the Khmer Rouge are just beginning their cleansing, while everyone else seems to be fleeing danger, Moon must discover if he is to walk right into it.I learned a lot from this book, mostly the timing of events, but also cultural details and the sad facts of the failure of America in this time of history. Now, this is not a detailed account of the war or its causes, it simply mentions things in passing and looks at them more as someone who was living in the moment might have seen them. The author chose to create a brief tale of action rather than a long novel and it works well that way. It is not a mystery.more
I think this is the best of all Tony Hillerman books. Totally different. Great characters (as he always creates great characters!), but the story is top notch.more
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I had expected another Chee or Leaphorn story. This is more of an adventure, than a mystery. The story is set at the tail end of the Vietnam war, the protagonist, Moon Methias, is searching for the daughter of his deceased brother. In the process of finding his neice, he also finds himself. The book is about him remaking himself through adventure that mounts, he persists in spite of himself. The reader is lead to believe the search is for the child, but much if it is about himself.more
Set in Southeast Asia, this novel is a departure from Mr. Hillerman's Navajo mysteries. Moon Mathias has let his past mistakes keep him from seeing his true self. As the title suggests, his experiences looking for his orphaned niece during the chaos at the end of the Vietnam War are a springboard into who he really is, not who he thinks he is. There's plenty of tension and misery in the novel, along with some subtle romance and genuine humanity in the midst of wartime insanity.more
Moon Mathias lives with a great grief. He is determined not to fail again, but at what cost? This time he must go into Vietnam and Cambodia in an effort to find his niece and bring her out, but both countries are in the midst of upheaval and turmoil. It is 1975, America is pulling out of Vietnam and the Khmer Rouge are just beginning their cleansing, while everyone else seems to be fleeing danger, Moon must discover if he is to walk right into it.I learned a lot from this book, mostly the timing of events, but also cultural details and the sad facts of the failure of America in this time of history. Now, this is not a detailed account of the war or its causes, it simply mentions things in passing and looks at them more as someone who was living in the moment might have seen them. The author chose to create a brief tale of action rather than a long novel and it works well that way. It is not a mystery.more
I think this is the best of all Tony Hillerman books. Totally different. Great characters (as he always creates great characters!), but the story is top notch.more
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