Hundreds of thousands of devotees will cheer the return of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee in Tony Hillerman's most intricate and atmospheric novel yet. The Navajo policemen, whose exploits are now published in sixteen languages, are brought together by the death of a man on Ship Rock, almost 1700 feet above the desert floor.
The fallen man had sprawled on the ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain for eleven years - visited only by the ravens who had picked his bones bareand scattered his rock-climbing gear.
Through the memory of those who had known him, emerges an understanding of the fallen man, who had been given everything and found it was not enough.
The Fallen Man is replete with Hillerman trademarks - ingeniously intricate plotting, splendid evocations of the Southwest's harsh beauty, insights into a venerable culture, and subtly poignant characterizations.
Tony Hillerman's many bestselling novels include Finding Moon, Sacred Clowns,and Coyote Waits. He lives with his wife, Marie, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Gil Silverbird is an American Navajo Indian who sings in several languagesand performs extensively in the theatre and on television. He can also be heardon Tony Hillerman's The Ghostway and Sacred Clowns.
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Any others in the series.
You couldn't tell one character from another, all the voices were the same, everyone spoke at the same plodding pace. The characters never came alive and I struggled to follow the story because of that.
Tony Hillerman's stories are classic in their introductions to Navajo culture, but I greatly prefer the original narrator, George Guidell, as the "real" voices of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.
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