Rock with Wings
by Anne Hillerman
I just love what Ms. Hillerman has done with this series. She has kept it authentic, but at the same time, she has put her signature on it. She doesn’t just duplicate the style of her father, Tony Hillerman. She has enlarged the franchise by featuring Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernie Manuelito. Bernie is married to Jim Chee, who is also a Navajo Cop, and she is friends with Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. In Ms. Hillerman’s first book, Spider Woman’s Daughter, Leaphorn is shot in the head, and nearly dies. In this book he is beginning to be able to communicate again. He is starting to rejoin the team . It looks like Ms. Hillerman has the ability to continue this fine series, on her own terms, and not lose any fans on the way.
I have always enjoyed reading this series, because when I am reading these books, I feel like I am living the slow life of a Navajo. I feel more connected to my surroundings, and to the people around me. I try not to rush, to take it all in, because I know that this book I’m reading will end soon, and then I am back to living in this white man’s world.
I give Rock with Wings 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and A Big Thumbs Up! If you have liked the Leaphorn & Chee series in the past, you will love what Ms. Hillerman has done to keep it alive, even though her father is gone. If you have never read this series, but are intrigued by the idea of seeing life though different eyes, then take the plunge, you may really like it.
I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from the publisher.
Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter.
Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them—one near Shiprock, and the other at iconic Monument Valley.
Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a cold-blooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.
Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.
Series: Leaphorn and Chee Mysteries
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper (May 5, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pound
About the Author
Anne Hillerman, daughter of best-selling mystery writer Tony Hillerman, will continue her father’s Navajo detective series with “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” due for publication Oct. 1, 2013 (HarperCollins.) The book follows the adventures of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito as they track a would-be cop killer, travel to Chaco Canyon on the trail of a murderer, and discover intrigue in the world of ancient Indian art and artifacts.
She is the author eight non-fiction books including “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.” She and photographer Don Strel made numerous road trips to photograph and write about the landscapes beloved by New Mexico’s best known mystery writer. Working on that book inspired her novel.
“In the process of researching Tony Hillerman’s Landscape, I re-read all of the Chee/Leaphorn mysteries, paying close attention to the settings. I ran into mud, dust storms, rez dogs, snow and those pricelessly beautiful days Tony Hillerman wrote about for more than 35 years,” Anne said. “I loved nearly every minute of it. My personal highlights included New Mexico’s Bisti badlands, the mysterious landscape near Ship Rock and vast, empty Chaco Canyon.”
Anne, the eldest of Tony and Marie Hillerman’s six children, came to New Mexico as a child and enjoys living in the Southwest. She is currently at work on the second book in the new mystery series.
Her other major non-fiction projects include “Gardens of Santa Fe,” with features photos of Santa Fe’s finest gardens and interviews with their creators, and “Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes.” Both received top honors at the New Mexico Book Awards. She worked for many years as a journalist, receiving awards for her writing from the New Mexico Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women. When she isn’t working, Anne likes to ski, garden and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. She is a founder of the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference held annually in Santa Fe, N.M.