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Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high, lonely place: a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo tribal police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a wolf-witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear - on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.

©1970 Anthony G. Hillerman (P)1990 Recorded Books

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  • C. Telfair
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 03-15-16

A 'Blessing' Indeed!

I've admired the books of Tony Hillerman for years. Many newer Southwest-based mystery series owe him a debt - and few equal his ability to make the reader (or, in this case, listener) feel in his/her bones what it must be like to live in Navaho country.

So, wow, was I happy to see that some of these classics have recently been released by Audible, read by the great and wonderful George Guidall! Talk about a perfect pairing - Guidall is one of those narrators who could bring feeling and gravitas to a reading of the telephone book, as the saying goes.

"The Blessing Way" is definitely not the telephone book, and it's a total joy to be re-introduced to this early Tony Hillerman featuring Joe Leaphorn. I look forward to experiencing more of the early series as well as some of Hillerman's later books.

Thank you, Audible!








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Still Great

This book was published in 1970. Hillerman is a great storyteller and this story is still captivating after more than 40 years.

I read many books of this series over the years, and enjoyed every one of them. They are just as enjoyable in audio, especially with the excellent narration by George Guidall.

The story takes place on a Navajo reservation. Main character Joe Leaphorn is a Navajo tribal police officer. For me there is a timelessness in the setting and the characters.

I'll be listening to more books in this series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable book and Narration

I'm off to look for the next book in the series! Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book!

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Great quick listen

A classic murder mystery read by an amazing narrator. Guidall is one of the very best.

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Murder and Intrigue In the Hopi Ruins

I'd read later Leaphorn mysteries and liked the interaction between characters who were not introduced yet in this, the first book in the series. This book centered on an academic, and a lot of action in an archeological dig and it felt to me like Leaphorn was a bit player. Glad I'd read the other book first or I might not have continued with what is a really fine series with well drawn characters.

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This one opens the door. ......the trap door.

You can't stop making the wrong conclusions. What the hell will happen next? Crazy good.

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  • NOKWISA
  • Garland, Texas, United States
  • 10-22-17

And So It Begins

My husband and I read (well he actually did the out loud reading) all the books Mr. Hillerman wrote years ago. We loved everyone of them. The characters are so fresh and the ways of the Navajo and the Clans so alive we could almost see them.

So that's what we decided to do... go see the land and the people. So we packed the van, my Mom, and two cats and off we went. Stopped in Santa Fe for a while and there in the plaza while resting we saw two Tribal Police and tried to decided which was Chee. LOL...

Read these stories in order if you can and let your imigination float free. Let Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee give you a tour of the country, a vivid picture of the people, and a great story to walk into.. sit down by the fire and become one with the pictures painted for your enjoyment.

I am so glad Geo. Guidall is the narrator. He does a smooth expressive read everytime!

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Classic Hillerman!

Great story and the reading was wonderful. I love Tony Hillerman and wanted to share him with my family, so we listened to this on a car trip.

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Good enough...

If a book in a series is good enough to make me want to read the second one, it is probably a success. That is how I would describe this first book. Not amazing, but good enough to get me hooked. Hoping things gain momentum in Dancehall of the Dead, which is book number two.

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Keeps You in suspense

You are always in suspense to what will happen next. Officer Leaphorn is a great caretor