Spider Woman’s Daughter-Anne Hillerman

Spider Woman’s Daughter
Anne Hillerman
Harper, Oct 1 2013, $25.99
ISBN 9780062270481

Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito enjoys breakfast with her peers and retirees. As Manuelito talks on her cell to her husband Police Sergeant Jim Chee, she watches in horror as someone from inside a vehicle shoots retired Police Lieutenant Jim Leaphorn. He is rushed to the hospital where he remains in a coma.

Captain Howard Largo selects Chee to lead the investigation. Because she witnessed the shooting, Largo and Chee warn Manuelito to stay away from the case. Chee knows Leaphorn’s worked with the American Indian Resource Center so visits the place only to learn that the victim’s anthropologist friend Louisa Bourebonette recently vanished. Unable to remain on the bench, Manieloto bulldogs her way onto the inquiry even as fear grows the culprit will kill again.

Revising her late father’s super NNPD series, Anne Hillerman provides readers with a strong police procedural that captures the vivid locale and the cast’s essence just like her dad created them and enhances that with an engaging look at tribal history. Although the final anticipated encounter seems weak, readers will welcome back Bernie, Chee, Leaphorn and the rest.

Harriet Klausner


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