[Epub] ❦ People of Darkness ➜ Tony Hillerman – 1sm.info

People of Darkness Although the title sounds a bit biblical recalling Isaiah 9 2 , the people of darkness are, according to Jim Chee, who turns up for the first time here in a Hillerman mystery, the Dine etse tle, the humblest of Navajo predators moles In this case the title also refers to a group of Dinee Native American Church members, suspected of stealing a mysterious box of mementos from a wealthy Anglo who got rich quick in the New Mexico uranium boom Jim Chee is no sooner on the case, however, than th Although the title sounds a bit biblical recalling Isaiah 9 2 , the people of darkness are, according to Jim Chee, who turns up for the first time here in a Hillerman mystery, the Dine etse tle, the humblest of Navajo predators moles In this case the title also refers to a group of Dinee Native American Church members, suspected of stealing a mysterious box of mementos from a wealthy Anglo who got rich quick in the New Mexico uranium boom Jim Chee is no sooner on the case, however, than the rich Anglo starts to do his best to discourage him The people of darkness seem also to have been falling sick and dying off over the years, as Jim Chee discovers, and one of them barely escapes being blown to bits in chapter 1, while checking into the cancer ward at UNM hospital in Albuquerquqe.As Officer Chee works to figure things out, he is stalked by the extremely sinister Colton Wolf, a hit man, who, as the Dinee would say, behaves as if he has no family and, indeed, he doesn t, which helps explain how he turned out as he did It s interesting to find Hillerman taking us inside the mind of a bad guy quite this much For long stretches, Wolf eclipses Jim, who is off sleuthing somewhere while Wolf meticulously plans Jim s demise This leads to higher octane suspense than in some Hillerman mysteries, which I thought was nicely handled.This is our first introduction to Jim Chee, who is still torn between the bilagaana world a training course at the FBI in DC is imminent and his Dinee roots He still aspires to become a hataali singer healer and passes the time memorizing ritual chants for Nightway during long drives across the Rez His use of a tape recorder to help in the process was a surprise the Navajo Traditional Apprenticeship Project in recent years has taken a dim view of scholarship recipients using such devices, so it s hard to imagine Jim s maternal uncle and teacher would approve Although Jim has yet to encounter Janet Peet who is presumably still back east somewhere, shopping for Prada handbags , a blonde, blue eyed school teacher from Crownpoint catches his eye and joins him in his misadventures Jim it ll never work A fine novel by Tony Hillerman Wonderful mystery set in the four corners area A good read. a long overdue celebration of Navajo culture, April 24, 2005 Tony Hillerman gives Anglos like me who grew up near the Navajo Nation and other reservations and are curious about these cultures but have no real means of accessing them a way of learningabout them and how members interact with mainstream America in modern times I ve read 5 6 Hillerman titles, and I ve enjoyed each one But this one is an especially good one.If you like Hillerman s books, try The Shaman Sings and others fro a long overdue celebration of Navajo culture, April 24, 2005 Tony Hillerman gives Anglos like me who grew up near the Navajo Nation and other reservations and are curious about these cultures but have no real means of accessing them a way of learningabout them and how members interact with mainstream America in modern times I ve read 5 6 Hillerman titles, and I ve enjoyed each one But this one is an especially good one.If you like Hillerman s books, try The Shaman Sings and others from the Charlie Moon Mystery series by James D Doss These books are set in the Ute reservation of southern Colorado and, to my mind, they portray the Utes and Ute culture in a way that is equally realistic and detailed and respectful to what Hillerman does for Navajos These books celebrate Native cultures in a way that is long overdue.In addition, there is a series of novels about a Mayan detective in the Cancun area of the Yucatan Peninsula that are a pretty good read I tried to track down the name of the author with ansearch, but I had no luck I ll add that name and a couple of titles to this review later if I can track it down.PS I notice that Hillerman has also published several non fiction titles If you enjoyed this book and his other fiction, some of these may be worth checking out, as well I plan to do so Published in 1978, one of the early Jim Chee Takes place in the areas of New Mexico through which we were traveling, the continental divide, Grant, Albuquerque Reading this series is good anywhere, but reading them in the places evoked by Hillerman is awesome. This is the story that Chee gets introduced, as Hillerman explained, because he had foolishly signed away the rights to Leaphorn and refused to writebooks that were going to benefit others I m not sure if he meant TV or movie rights Chee is atraditional Navajo than Leaphorn, torn between Shaman or law enforcement as possible careers He becomes friends with Mary, who I disliked, a white woman who seemed pretty negative and self centered to me The mystery is why would a box be stol This is the story that Chee gets introduced, as Hillerman explained, because he had foolishly signed away the rights to Leaphorn and refused to writebooks that were going to benefit others I m not sure if he meant TV or movie rights Chee is atraditional Navajo than Leaphorn, torn between Shaman or law enforcement as possible careers He becomes friends with Mary, who I disliked, a white woman who seemed pretty negative and self centered to me The mystery is why would a box be stolen from the guy s safe, and why would he want it back so badly Or rather, the wife is trying to get it back for him She is pretty clueless, being the second wife and not knowing a critical part of her husband s past There is a very smart killer in this book, who plans his kills very carefully Chee and Mary unfortunately witness a murder and so the killer goes after them Will Chee survive Will he solve the murder which has a nice amount of history attached to it Read and find out This is probably a bitthan a 3 but not really a 4 star Recommended to Hillerman fans Enjoyed this installment waythan the previous one, Listening Woman Interesting crime murders and wayplausible efforts by Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee I feel like I read all of these as they came out in late 1970 s early 1980 s, but thankfully have no memory of the specifics Why I m reading thisContinuing to need comfort reading, connecting with old friends in the Navajo nation, during this time of lack of concentration due to the coronavirus pandemic Enjoyed this installment waythan the previous one, Listening Woman Interesting crime murders and wayplausible efforts by Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee I feel like I read all of these as they came out in late 1970 s early 1980 s, but thankfully have no memory of the specifics Why I m reading thisContinuing to need comfort reading, connecting with old friends in the Navajo nation, during this time of lack of concentration due to the coronavirus pandemic Tony Hillerman is always a pleasure to read, and returning to Jim Chee or Joe Leaphorn is like getting back together with a childhood friend This book is not as grounded as many of Hillerman s books there are huge conspiracies and a professional hit man, with a lot of coincidences in timing I definitely wouldn t recommend it for anyone who s never read Hillerman before, but if you ve enjoyed his work before, I definitely urge you to read it If you get my news feed, you can see I ve been gobbling up Tony Hillerman this summer, and this title is a standout, although limited to the younger Navajo detective of Hillerman s pair of beloved sleuths Hillerman s writing is so subtle and pervasive, a good writer shows character rather than tells it, and Hillerman expresses it with scent, sound and touch blank space in the form of wind, the reservation badlands, the politeness of a people who let the space linger to be certain to listen wel If you get my news feed, you can see I ve been gobbling up Tony Hillerman this summer, and this title is a standout, although limited to the younger Navajo detective of Hillerman s pair of beloved sleuths Hillerman s writing is so subtle and pervasive, a good writer shows character rather than tells it, and Hillerman expresses it with scent, sound and touch blank space in the form of wind, the reservation badlands, the politeness of a people who let the space linger to be certain to listen well The books teach Navaho culture pervasively, but without being campy, lecture ridden, or cliched Instead, the culture moves the plot, the investigation, the motivation of the characters, the questions that are asked, the questions that are not asked Slowly, a world view is painted that reveals secrets hidden from the foreign culture of the non dinee, and mysteries are solved that evade white culture Interwoven in the traditional culture and beliefs are motives of modern world greed, political intrigue, bureaucratic and government institutions, multiple and competing jurisdictions, and sorting out the threads of the competing cultural influences is the great pleasure that Hillerman gives his readers.As a white reader aware of modern political discussions around white privilege, the conservative ruling class asks why should I care Though Hillerman passed away before questions were posed in this fashion, his novels subtly but forcefully show that diversity in culture and ethnicity gives the person inherent value and strengths of perspective and outcome that are unattainable from a homogeneous ruling class Detectives Leaphorn and Chee, by being themselves, solve problems and solve crimes in ways that are unfathomable to the elite white male FBI and state law enforcement Who Would Murder A Dying Man Why Would Someone Steal A Box Of Rocks And Why Would A Rich Man S Wife Pay , To Get Them Back These Questions Haunt Sgt Jim Chee Of The Navajo Tribal Police As He Journeys Into The Scorching Southwest But There, Out In The Bad Country, A Lone Assassin Waits For Chee To Come Seeking Answers, Waits Ready And Willing To Protect A Vision Of Death That For Thirty Years Has Been Fed By Greed And Washed In Blood As always, the Navajo people and their ways and habits are handled with delicacy, charm, and completeness it seems simple enough A wife, Rosemary Vines, simply reported a burglary However, she did not want her husband, Ben, BJ to know why It was a box of mementos, the only thing missing in the huge ranch house, which her husband never let her see Why It develops, though they had been married for some time, there was 25 years missing from his past She suspected there were things in the b As always, the Navajo people and their ways and habits are handled with delicacy, charm, and completeness it seems simple enough A wife, Rosemary Vines, simply reported a burglary However, she did not want her husband, Ben, BJ to know why It was a box of mementos, the only thing missing in the huge ranch house, which her husband never let her see Why It develops, though they had been married for some time, there was 25 years missing from his past She suspected there were things in the box he had saved from that missing time Then there were the deaths of people under mysterious circumstances Jim Chee relentlessly follows the trails at no small danger to himself, or to Mary, an extraneous character, included, I suppose, because he needed a foil to explain things to and to us There was a hired killer, Colton Wolf, hired by BJ, in case the various people didn t die soon enough Masterful


About the Author: Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962 Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he resided with his wife until his death in 2008 Hillerman, a consistently bestselling author, was ranked as New Mexico s 25th wealthiest man in 1996 Wikipedia


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