Reader reviews for The Fallen Man

In Hillerman's suspense novel, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee return in the authors most intricate and atmospheric novel. The Navajo policemen whose exploits are brough together by the need to know how a man met his death in Shiprock, almost seventeen hundred feet above the desert floor. The Fallen Man is replete with Hillerman's trademarks--ingeniously intricate plotting, splendid descriptions of the desert, insights into a venerable culture, and fabulous characters.
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It made me think of home because it took place right around Shiprock, NM. The story was very intriguing. It sucked me right in. I like a good mystery now and then.
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Another gorgeously crafted novel.
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Hillerman is always fun.Jim Chee continues to learn from the legendayr Joe Leaphorn, and continues to try to free himself from his shadow.
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A skeleton found on a ledge on the sacred Shiprock Mountain starts the first book featuring Joe Leaphorn in retirement, and it's a bit of a jolt, for the reader and, I suspect, the author. Leaphorn and Chee are circling each other, finding their way to a new and less formal working relationship. Janet Pete is on the mix as well, as public defender, which complicates her relationship with Chee. Not the best of the series, clearly a transitional book.
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Instead of following on the heels of 'Sacred Clowns', Mr. Hillerman jumps forward in time enough to find Leaphorn retired, and Chee's latest relationship coming to an end. Ms. Manuelito is introduced, and we get to see Leaphorn as a reluctant PI. The mystery is a good one - misdirection plays a big part, which is fun.
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Tony Hillerman began writing his Navajo mysteries way back in 1970 (The Blessing Way) when he first introduced readers to the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Ten years later Hillerman introduced Navajo Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee (People of Darkness (Jim Chee Novels)). In 1986, Hillerman brought Leaphorn and Chee together in his bestselling book Skinwalkers that won that year's Western Writers of America Spur Award. Hillerman's familiar recipe keeps bringing us back again and again: usually a death in the Navajo Four Corners country, Leaphorn and Chee working independently to gather clues, the hauntingly beautiful scenery of the American Southwest, the often brutal weather of that land, and always, always, the Navajo culture often in conflict with white culture. Hillerman has now written eighteen Navajo mysteries and while they all contain those compelling elements, he has been guilty of some sloppy efforts or been the victim of poor editing or both at times (Hunting Badger (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels)). `The Fallen Man', however, is one of his gems. Hillerman seamlessly develops two separate mysteries, one involving cattle heists and the other involving the discovery of a body of man who died some 11 years ago. The exact timing of that death is critical to the lives of several characters and the future of a beautiful valley near Cortez - will it be mined? Hillerman also furthers the larger story by developing the deteriorating relationship of Chee and part-Navajo attorney Janet Pete and by introducing officer Bernie Manuelito - she's all Navajo and works for Chee. The Fallen Man will delight old Hillerman fans and should make new fans too. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good mystery, Navajo culture, or the American Southwest .
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For those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting Leaphorn, do give this book a try. Although Tony Hillerman's writing style is spare, he manages to create memorable characters and interesting stories. I plan to read all of his books.
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Lt. Jim Chee is trying to adjust to his new responsibilities and his engagement to Janet. I've never liked Janet. Life seems pretty low-key, investigating cattle theft, identifying skeletal remains and paperwork. That is, until retired Joe Leaphorn enters the picture with questions that beg an answer.It is a pleasure to read a quality mystery which is also a well written story. Hillerman takes the Southwest and its culture and puts it within reach of our understanding. Not only are the characters well defined and personable, but the landscape takes on a life of its own. Very good reading.
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ANY TONY HILLERMAN BOOK: A FRIEND RECOMMENDED TONY HILLERMAN AS SHE KNEW I READ MANY MYSTERY BOOKS. I BECAME ADDICTED TO HIS WRITING AFTER THE FIRST BOOK. I NOW HAVE COPIES OF ALL HIS BOOKS PLUS A MAP OF THE TERRITORY IN WHICH THE STORIES TAKE PLACE. IF YOU LIKE MYSTERIES WITH A SLIGHT TWIST AND A REASONABLE ENDING, YOU WILL ENJOY ANY OF THE HILLERMAN BOOKS.
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