Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito
On Sale: April 3, 2018
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Mystery Woman Sleuth | Suspense
New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman brings
together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the
evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this
intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito
When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives
to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-
risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young
participant on a solo experience due back hours before,
has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning
the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human
skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that
Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved
instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava
wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the
missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the
volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore,
the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the
solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by
superhuman twin warriors.
Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the
chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s
disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be
connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn
played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the
truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental
drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate
While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her
husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to
home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic
violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister
Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts
Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges
him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time
medicine man in training.
Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the
deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once
again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in
this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.
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