Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Shape Shifter

Tony Hillerman has added another volume to his Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series, with happy results. This story turns around a famous accursed Navajo rug, thought to be destroyed, but suddenly appearing in a magazine photo. As Leaphorn investigates the strange events surrounding its (possible) destruction and (reputed) survival, he considers the possible involvement of a shape-shifter, the most feared of Navajo witches. Leaphorn solves the mystery with his usual acumen, while Jim Chee and Bernie appear only briefly.

I am a fan of the series, and found nothing lacking in this latest addition. I particularly liked Hillerman's exploration of retirement, an experience that Leaphorn must deal with, as well as other characters from previous stories.

If you like Hillerman, settle down and enjoy the latest installment.


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