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Author: Anne Hillerman Narrator: Christina Delaine Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novels Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062660688
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A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings.

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.

But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.

Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.

Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With this third performance, narrator Christina Delaine has made the persona of Navajo policewoman Bernie Manuelito her own. Delaine has mastered the measured cadence of Southwestern Native Americans and also delivers convincing renditions of Navajo terms…Delaine’s nuanced narration delineates Hillerman’s characters while navigating action that ranges from the urgency of a murder inquiry to the mysticism of the spirit world.”


  • “A multilayered story of suspense, with its background of contemporary environmental versus developmental issues.”

    Library Journal

  • “More than a good read, a well-crafted Southwestern mystery, [and] an exciting glimpse of a widely varied population in a beautiful landscape with layers of history, blood, land, and water issues.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Hillerman’s thoughtful third Southwestern mystery…Though seasoned mystery readers may guess the perpetrator before the tense denouement, the book offers insights on the strength of family ties and the possibilities of redemption after a history of pain.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tribal divisions cause tensions that result in a car bomb—or is the motive something closer to home?..The secret may lie in the failing memory of former Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, friend and mentor to both Chee and Bernie…Hillerman continues world-building in a tale that will reward long-term readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “While use of Native American land is a hot topic, personal relationships can be even hotter…as Manuelito observes. Hillerman seamlessly blends tribal lore and custom into a well-directed plot, continuing in the spirit of her late father… but still establishing Manuelito as the main player in what has become a fine legacy series.”


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About the Author

Anne Hillerman is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels in the Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito mystery series. The daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman, she is also an award-winning reporter and author of several nonfiction books.

About the Narrator

Christina Delaine is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished stage actress. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre. She holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.