The Resource Coyote waits, Tony Hillerman

Coyote waits, Tony Hillerman

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Coyote waits
Title
Coyote waits
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Tony Hillerman
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Language
eng
Summary
The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, a bullet did. Officer Jim Chee's good friend Del lies dead, and a whiskey-soaked Navajo shaman is found with the murder weapon. The old man is Ashie Pinto. He's quickly arrested for homicide and defended by a woman Chee could either love or loathe. But when Pinto won't utter a word of confession or denial, Lt. Joe Leaphorn begins an investigation. Soon, Leaphorn and Chee unravel a complex plot of death involving an historical find, a lost fortune... and the mythical Coyote, who is always waiting, and always hungry
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  • The stark, rural landscapes shimmer and cry out in Tony Hillerman's tales, assuming as much character and importance as the gentle placing of clues, or the twists and turns in native American mythology, or the wayward leaps of logic made by Navaho tribal policemen Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn--who never quite work in tandem but who never lose touch with each other's presence. Images and facts rise on the hot air of the novel's own landscape: a lonely outcrop is marked with strange paintings, a cop is dead inside a burning squad car, Chee is too late to save a friend. An old man carrying a gun and an empty whiskey bottle is arrested: he is drunk and ashamed and too obviously guilty. Hillerman lets Coyote hang in the still, dry summer heat for what seems like ages, while Chee, obsessed with his own failure and confused by his romantic relationship with the lawyer defending the old man, comes to terms with the cruel assumptions of the authorities. But in the meantime, the narrative and mythic worlds deepen: the old man is a storyteller and shaman, the rock paintings have a deliciously simple explanation, there are treasures both worldly and legendary worth killing for. It seems appropriate that the author chose to incorporate the legend of Butch Cassidy into this tale, as Robert Redford, who played Butch's famous sidekick, owns the movie rights to the Chee/Leaphorn works. If Redford can re-create even the smallest part of Hillerman's somber world building, the understated lyricism of his dialogue, or his telling evocation of a society alluringly alien, he will have worked some magic of his own. --
  • Plumbing more deeply than ever the Navajo culture of Tribal Police Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee, Hillerman ( Talking God ) weaves an understated, powerful tale from strands of ancient Navajo mythology, modern greed and ambition, and, above all, the sorrows and delights of his characters. Although Chee is badly burned in an attempt to rescue fellow officer Delbert Nez, who has been shot and left in his burning car, he blames himself for Nez's death. On medical leave and off the case, Chee tries to facilitate the prompt prosecution of elderly shaman Ashie Pinto, found near the murder site in a drunken stupor, the weapon in his hand still smoking. Leaphorn, too, becomes unofficially involved when he agrees to investigate the charges against Pinto on behalf of the latter's niece, a member of his dead wife Emma's clan. He and Chee follow parallel trails to the killing of a Vietnamese teacher and former ARVN officer, to a revision in the legend of Butch Cassidy and to the case's unexpected resolution. Central to the tale are two women, one Pinto's attorney; the other a cultural anthropologist who helps prize Leaphorn out of his continuing grief over Emma's death. Hillerman's spare and moving story eloquently illustrates Pinto's reminder to Leaphorn that Coyote, "the enemy of all law, and rules, and harmony," waits for everyone. Reader's Digest Condensed Books. (July)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
034241
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DLC
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Hillerman, Tony
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3558.I45
LC item number
C69 1990
Literary form
novels
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Leaphorn & Chee
Series volume
10
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Leaphorn, Joe, Lt. (Fictitious character)
  • Chee, Jim (Fictitious character)
  • Police
  • Indian reservation police
  • Navajo Indians
  • Southwestern States
  • Chee, Jim (Fictitious character)
  • Indian reservation police
  • Leaphorn, Joe, Lt. (Fictitious character)
  • Navajo Indians
  • Police
  • United States
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Coyote waits, Tony Hillerman
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm21337349
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780060164225
Lccn
89046098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)21337349
Label
Coyote waits, Tony Hillerman
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm21337349
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780060164225
Lccn
89046098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)21337349

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