The Resource The shape shifter, Tony Hillerman

The shape shifter, Tony Hillerman

Label
The shape shifter
Title
The shape shifter
Statement of responsibility
Tony Hillerman
Title variation
Shapeshifter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Since his retirement from the Navajo Tribal Police, Joe Leaphorn has occasionally been enticed to return to work by former colleagues who seek his help when they need to solve a particularly puzzling crime. They ask because Leaphorn, aided by officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, always delivers. But this time the problem is with an old case of Joe's -- his 'last case, ' unsolved, is one that continues to haunt him. And with Chee and Bernie just back from their honeymoon, Leaphorn is pretty much on his own. The original case involved a priceless, one-of-a-kind Navajo rug supposedly destroyed in a fire. Suddenly, what looks like the same rug turns up in a magazine spread. And the man who brings the photo to Leaphorn's attention has gone missing. Leaphorn must pick up the threads of a crime he'd thought impossible to untangle. Not only has the passage of time obscured the details, but it also appears that there's a murderer still on the loose."--
  • "Retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is called upon once again to solve a crime. This time it's Joe's last case, a case that remains unsolved and contines to haunt him."--Source other than the Library of Congress
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Award
Spur Award for Best Western Novel (Short Novel), 2007.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ A picture cut from a glossy magazine, Luxury Living , draws retired Navajo tribal policeman Lt. Joe Leaphorn into a hunt for a soulless killer in bestseller Hillerman's enthralling 18th Leaphorn/Chee whodunit (after 2004's Skeleton Man ). The picture's sender, Mel Bork, another cop retiree, wonders if the distinctive Navajo rug shown in the picture is the same one Leaphorn described to him long ago, a rug supposedly destroyed in a fire the two officers investigated that took the life of a person identified as among the FBI's most wanted. Bork's subsequent disappearance and murder herald the dangers awaiting Leaphorn from a most formidable enemy. As Leaphorn searches for evidence to confirm his suspicions, he enlists the aid of Sgt. Jim Chee and his bride, Bernadette Manuelito, just back from their honeymoon. Only Hillerman could so masterfully connect such disparate elements as an ancient cursed weaving, two stolen buckets of piñon sap and the Vietnam War. The conclusion is sure to startle longtime fans of this acclaimed mystery series. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 4, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 35, p35)
  • Hillerman's latest venture (after Skeleton Man ) into the familiar world of the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico is not his best, but it will still be enjoyed by his loyal fans. Sgt. Jim Chee and his new wife, Bernie, have just returned from their honeymoon and thus have only a peripheral role here. Lt. Joe Leaphorn, recently retired from the Navajo police force, is front and center in the action, which begins when he receives a letter from an old acquaintance questioning the conclusions they reached years ago in the case of a burned-out trading post. The titular shape shifter refers to the many identities the bad guy has assumed and gives Leaphorn chances to relate Navajo tales of evil and witchcraft. As always, Hillerman seamlessly weaves bits of Navajo lore and history into the narrative, the major strength of this entry in his long-lived series. Purchase where Hillerman is popular; his fans will appreciate the update on the lives of Leaphorn and Chee. [See Prepub Alerts, LJ 2/15/06; 7/15/06.]—Ann Forister, Roseville, CA --Ann Forister (Reviewed September 1, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 14, p124)
  • Lt. Joe Leaphorn, who can't seem to stay retired, investigates a case that takes him back to his earliest days with the Navajo Tribal Police.When Erwin Totter's trading post burned to the ground back in 1965, the news that Ray Shewnack, a fugitive on the FBI's Most Wanted List, had perished in the blaze drew all available officers to the scene. Joe Leaphorn (Skeleton Man, 2004, etc.) was pulled away from Grandma Peshlakai's, where he'd gone in hopes of recovering the ten gallons of pinyon sap stolen from her. It was a waste of time, Grandma Peshlakai insisted, since the man was certainly dead. Now Leaphorn's old friend Mel Bork, a private eye in Flagstaff, has disappeared after sending Leaphorn a photograph of a tribal rug that's supposed to have been destroyed in the Totter fire. If the rug survived—and when Leaphorn treks out to Flagstaff to examine it as it hangs on the wall of big-game hunter Jason Delos's lodge—maybe Shewnack, a holdup artist who managed to kill two victims and finger his three accomplices to the police, isn't dead after all.Not much mystery this time, and Sgt. Jim Chee and his bride Bernadette Manuelito ("now it's Chee") are mostly kept offstage. But Hillerman's warmth is undiminished as he follows a dogged old cop who burns up gasoline by driving all over Arizona because he can't bear to sit at home. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2006)
Assigning source
From dust jacket
Awards note
Spur Award for Best Western Novel 2007.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
145067
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hillerman, Tony
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3558.I45
LC item number
S45 2006
Literary form
novels
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Leaphorn & Chee
Series volume
18
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Leaphorn, Joe, Lt. (Fictitious character)
  • Chee, Jim (Fictitious character)
  • Indian reservation police
  • Police
  • Navajo Indians
  • New Mexico
  • Police
  • Chee, Jim (Fictitious character)
  • Indian reservation police
  • Leaphorn, Joe, Lt. (Fictitious character)
  • Navajo Indians
  • Police
  • New Mexico
Label
The shape shifter, Tony Hillerman
Link
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/
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7 hours
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm61264361
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780061119910
Lccn
2005052602
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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System control number
(OCoLC)61264361
Label
The shape shifter, Tony Hillerman
Link
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/
Publication
Copyright
Note
7 hours
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
ocm61264361
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780061119910
Lccn
2005052602
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)61264361

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