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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Hillerman Narrator: Michael Ansara Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novels Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781482984927
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Two Native American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young Zuni. But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig—and a steel hypodermic needle. And the unique laws and sacred religious rites of the Zuni people are throwing impassable roadblocks in Leaphorn’s already twisted path, enabling a craven murderer to elude justice or, worse still, to kill again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting.”

    Newsweek

  • “Hillerman knows his background well, and is skillfull enough to make it an integral park of the action. He has created an altogether believable set of characters.”

    New York Times

  • “Actor Michael Ansara, who has portrayed native Americans on television and in films, is the reader…His reading is crisp and clear, with a touch of gravity.”

    Indianapolis Star

  • “The story’s not the thing—it’s Hillerman’s anything but wooden Indians and the way in which he informs their way of life with affection and dignity.”    

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1974 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce MacBain | 2/17/2014

    " I love the way he builds the plot out of the facts of Zuni mythology. Very neat. I thought the the ending was a bit disappointing, though--I wanted the killer to be someone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aram Sohigian | 2/13/2014

    " Listened to this on CD and really enjoyed it. Tony Hillerman was an excellent writer and George Guidal is fantastic as the narrator. Definitely worth a listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imelda Pearce | 2/6/2014

    " I became hooked on Tony Hillerman and his character's plots and writing style. I like the anthropological aspect of peeking into the Native American cultures. I may have read every one of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/1/2014

    " This mystery story is a classic "who done it," with the disappearance of two teenage boys. Woven into the tale are descriptions of Zuni and Navajo customs, and the detective, Joe Leaphorn, is Navajo "fuzz." All in all, a quick and entertaining read if you like murder mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/14/2014

    " Themes of the book include the Zuni religion and hostility between the Navajo and the Zuni. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corinne | 1/11/2014

    " This book was part of the "Let's read about it" program at our local library. The Native American folklore was interesting but not sure what the main theme was?? Left me wondering about loose ends??? Will have to see what the talk tomorrow night is about this Native American mystery ? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/11/2014

    " I think that I'm hooked on this series by Tony Hillerman. Years ago I read his autobiography and was interesed that because of this series of books, he has been made an honorary member of the Navajo tribe. He commented that he was so proud of this honor and the fact that he was the Grand Marshall of a parade held on the reservation. No doubt his pride was deflated when he heard a woman in the crowd comment, "I wonder who the hell he is," as he was driven by in the Grand Marshall's car. Anyway, loved the book--did I mention that I was traveling west in the spring(?)--and this one expanded its horizons to include information about the Zuni tribe also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quinn | 12/30/2013

    " I always enjoy the way Hillerman uses Indian folklore into his thriller/Mystery books. I enjoyed this book, but compared to some of his other books this one was not his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Lee-Cota | 12/19/2013

    " I enjoyed this one more than The Blessing Way. Evenly paced mystery. I'm feeling like I could get burnt out from Hillerman so may save them for the next time I'm on vacay or lounging by the pool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/6/2013

    " Loved the book and will be reading more by this author! Great mix of mystery and Indian anthropology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 11/29/2013

    " Great way to introduce Native American thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Roberts | 11/26/2013

    " I love Hillerman's work. Wonderful characters and setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 11/16/2013

    " The first and saddest of Hillerman's Navajo novels. I read it first and couldn't get enough of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/9/2013

    " Solid mystery; B+/A- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 11/3/2013

    " This is only the second Hillerman book I have read, but I have to say this one was really good. I have friends who are Navajo policemen, and sometimes Leaphorn totally reminds me of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Giambo | 10/17/2013

    " You should read all the Tony Hillerman mysteries. This is no exception. One of the few I missed. It seems like they just released all of the Hillerman books in e-book format and the libraries now have them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rdonn | 9/15/2013

    " Again, this was a book on tape for my return home from North Carolina. I did enjoy it, as I do most of Tony Hillerman books. He writes well and catches the flavor of this Indian territory, with rival tribes. Archaeology is thrown in, the main motive of the murders. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe O'c | 9/6/2013

    " Good; Continuing character: Joe Leaphorn; two young boys go missing shortly before a special ceremony, and Leaphorn tries to determine what happened when one turns up dead "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 6/27/2013

    " I'm a Tony Hillerman fan. Love learning about the Navaho culture. His mysteries are catching without being graphic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 6/22/2013

    " I like his mystery books set in the surroundings of the Navajo reservation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanean | 12/5/2012

    " Another wonderful Hillerman Story. I love his writing style. Sad that it is a finite source. I thought that it held up very well, though I do know folks that still use the term Hippie! LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Rose Stark Neal | 8/8/2012

    " Edgar Award winning mystery. Detailed descriptions of Zuni religeous rites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 2/26/2012

    " Love this author. Love this genre, especially the Native American slant as well as the locations. I'd watch if it were a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mignon | 2/5/2012

    " Another cabin book. I have a soft spot in my heart for Tony Hillerman, and this was fairly typical, except the moment where the detective figures it all out was not very clever. I was all, "Duh Leaphorn. I saw that like 4 chapters ago." Pretty much middle-of-the-pack Hillerman book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 11/9/2011

    " Good book. Hillerman's at his best when he builds more suspense into his books, and this one had a good amount. Probably my third favorite after Listening Woman and The Blessing Way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/11/2011

    " slow starting, but very good description of the Zuni gods and the celebrations surrounding them. Couldn't figure out who-dun-it or why until the last page! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bookczuk | 5/31/2011

    " Read in pre-BookCrossing days. Hillerman was a master in creating his stories and crafting his characters. He is an author I sorely miss, but love to imagine him in book heaven with Robert B Parker and Donald Westlake, crafting new stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 5/29/2011

    " This won the Edgar for a reason - I didn't even mind figuring out whodunit much sooner than I usually do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aram | 5/11/2011

    " Listened to this on CD and really enjoyed it. Tony Hillerman was an excellent writer and George Guidal is fantastic as the narrator. Definitely worth a listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Rose Stark | 4/26/2011

    " Edgar Award winning mystery. Detailed descriptions of Zuni religeous rites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/15/2011

    " I've read this book twice over the last 20 or so years, and have enjoyed it both times. I'm a big
    Hillerman fan, and have had a priviledge of meeting him in person giving a speech about some of his writing. He was wonderful. A man I really miss, major loss in the writers world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/8/2011

    " One that I'll re-read to get the full effect. A plot that kept me guessing. Loads of detail about Hopi religion, which was very interesting. Settings out on the mesa and at deserted hogans. One of Hillerman's better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/27/2011

    " Tony Hillerman brings the southwest desert and the people that live there alive. Always a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rdonn | 2/15/2011

    " Again, this was a book on tape for my return home from North Carolina. I did enjoy it, as I do most of Tony Hillerman books. He writes well and catches the flavor of this Indian territory, with rival tribes. Archaeology is thrown in, the main motive of the murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/3/2010

    " One of the better Navaho mysteries by Tony Hillerman. It was even a bit educational on Zuni and Navaho religious practices and beliefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 11/24/2010

    " This is only the second Hillerman book I have read, but I have to say this one was really good. I have friends who are Navajo policemen, and sometimes Leaphorn totally reminds me of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 10/18/2010

    " A good mystery set in the American Southwest. with the land as well as the Native Americans peopling it make solving a crime a little more difficult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/23/2010

    " slow starting, but very good description of the Zuni gods and the celebrations surrounding them. Couldn't figure out who-dun-it or why until the last page! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/13/2010

    " Joe Leaphorn explores a murder that involves a Zuni religious ceremony. I still like the Jim Chee books better. "

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About the Author
Author Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of twenty-nine books, including the popular eighteen-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He 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.

About the Narrator

Michael Ansara (1922–2013), born in Syria and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, entered Los Angeles City College in 1941. After training at Pasadena Playhouse, Ansara blossomed as a classical actor with such groups as the Hollywood Players’ Ring. He went on to be cast as Cochise in the 1956 television series version of Broken Arrow. In later years Ansara was active in the lucrative world of television cartoon voice-over work. He was married for several years to actress Barbara Eden.