Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of best-selling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with Spider Woman's Daughter, a Navajo Country mystery, filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere.
Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter.
Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth...and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.
©2013 Anne Hillerman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
The narrator was awful. Her attempt at a Navajo 'dialect' was terrible. It made some characters just sound foolish. As a Native American who lives in New Mexico, it was bordering on offensive.
I have read ALL of the Leaphorn and Chee stories. After Tony Hillerman passed, I mourned the loss of this great author, as well as his wonderful characters. My husband and I went out West shortly after his death and I referred to our trip to the area as the "Tony Hillerman Memorial Tour"...
Recently, when I learned about "Spider Woman's Daughter," I was hesitant to read/listen to the story because I worried that I would be disappointed. However, I was thrilled to realize that the story is not only up to the standard of a well-crafted Hillerman novel, but true to the characters.
Ms. Hillerman wisely chose Bernie as the center of the story in her first attempt to continue the story line. And she successfully composed a sensitive, well-woven mystery. It was terrific to learn more about the Manuelito family - adding realism to the family element of these contemporary tales. I do hope more Leaphorn & Chee stories are planned! I will surely read them all. Must be in the DNA.
I am very pleased with the audio version.
The use of characters for he fathers writtings. Very fine use of the old in the new version.
The length of the audible book makes this a fine 2=3 session listen.
I have been able to read all of her fathers books and Tony Hillerman would be proud to have this tradition carried on by his daughter.
Perhaps George Guidall could have salvaged the book with his genius for good voices and acting emphasis. Perhaps.
It's very difficult for a woman tor do male characters when reading, but some of them pull it off. This one did not. Her males were strained and fake, the same voices that you hear in cliche, usually saying something like "Heap big chief." While they're using good English, the tonal emphasis says they're producing a heap big pile of pony product.
I don't know if George ever spent any time around Navajos, but he could at least produce the diction and pacing associated with many Natives. Even those who are of different tribes seem to have some speech techniques in common, probably from the large numbers who travel from one tribe to another.
I don't think Tony would have taken this book in the same direction that his daughter did. There are families of writers who each find their own voice and become successful. This book did not do it for Anne. Perhaps her next effort will do it...but I will be extremely reluctant to try it.
I cannot recommend this as an audio book. As a written book, you have the option of giving your own interpretation to the words on the page, and this may make it somewhat viable in that form.
Meanwhile I only finished this to see what happened to the legendary Lieutenant. I'll never have a reason to listen to it again.
In this case, the apple falls too far from the tree. Tony Hillerman's daughter is just not as good as he was--not even close. The writing is like a sledge hammer, the characters one-dimensional and the story violent without nuance.
I did not like the narration--choppy, abrupt, but it could be the writing.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
Without copying her famous father, Anne Hillerman creates a novel with all the suspense and detail. The characters are those of Tony Hillerman, but the treatment is enough different that the book is delightfully new.
I have all of the Leaphorn/Chee series and loved them. Some were better than others, but it was a big loss for the literary world when Tony Hillerman passed away. His daughter has caught the flavor and you can tell that she "lived" the stories her father wrote. I especially liked the way she tied this one to others in the series. Bernie's sister did need some help and it leaves you wondering if we will find out what happens in the next book. Unfortunately, it was a typical scenario for Navajo land. That makes it sad because it is so real. I think Anne did a good job in trying to fill her father's shoes. I would definitely read another book.
That being said, I hope they choose another reader. George Guidall, who did the Tony Hillerman books was the best. This reader did the talking so very slow that it made you want to push the button for the next track. I couldn't really tell when someone else was talking . . . they all sounded like bad thugs from Brooklyn. I really don't know of any Navajo's who talk like she made them sound. She made them sound stupid. Please get another reader. And teach them how to pronounce the words.
It is rare to have an author continue another authors series , and capture the characters and feel of place and time with such perfection. But to do it and add her own flavor to the story is a miracle. I have been to the four corners area many times, the descriptions of the land ,the sounds, took me there again. I hope there will be another book soon! What a lovely book filled with a deeper look at the complex feelings of all my favorite people in the Chee and Leaphorn series.The performance by Christina Delaine caught all the flavor of the players in a moving and sometimes intense story.
Any of Tony Hillermans
Stop trying so hard for different character voices. It was painful to listen to at times
Am glad the series is being continued-and well also. But, please reconsider the reader. I understand this book is from a woman's perspective and "should" have a woman reading it-just not this one.
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