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Listening Woman (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 3)
Listening Woman - Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 3
Author: Tony Hillerman
The state police and FBI are baffled when an old man and a teenage girl are brutally murdered. The blind Navajo Listening Woman speaks of ghosts and of witches. But Lieutenant Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police knows his people as well as he knows cold-blooded killers. His incredible investigation carries him from a dead man's secret to a ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061000294
ISBN-10: 0061000299
Publication Date: 6/15/1990
Pages: 336
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4 stars, based on 166 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Kibi avatar reviewed Listening Woman (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 3) on + 582 more book reviews
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Entertaining But Utterly Implausible, December 13, 2004
Reviewer: Gary F. Taylor "GFT" (Biloxi, MS USA)

First published in 1978, LISTENING WOMAN continues Tony Hillerman's "Joe Leaphorn" novels, a series set on Southwestern Native American lands and featuring Lt. Leaphorn, who investigates crimes on the reservation. In this instance, an almost-deadly encounter with a killer during a traffic stop leads Leaphorn to the scarcely populated and remote Short Mountain district.

As always, Hillerman's portrait of the Navajo people remaining on the reservation is filled with the fascination of folklore and legend; his plots, however, remain a sore point. LISTENING WOMAN begins extremely well--but before all is said we had everything from highjacked helicopters to kidnapped Boy Scouts in a credibility-straining combination, not to mention a blood and thunder conclusion that seems more akin to The Lone Ranger than any remotely plausible reservation crime.

As for mystery, as is often the case in Hillerman's work the label is misapplied: there is none at all, and LISTENING WOMAN would be better described as crime fiction or perhaps better still as action-adventure. For all the flaws, however, it is an entertaining and quick read that fans of the series will likely enjoy.
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perryfran avatar reviewed Listening Woman (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 3) on + 1156 more book reviews
I have been watching and enjoying the TV series Dark Winds on AMC. When I found out that the first season of the series is based on Hillerman's LISTENING WOMAN, I ordered the book from a trading site online and I have really enjoyed reading it. This is the third novel in the Leaphorn & Chee series, however, Chee does not appear in this one. The story involves some cold cases that Leaphorn has been assigned to look into. One is the murder of an old man and a teenage girl who were being seen by a blind Navaho "listening woman" who talks about ghosts and witches. Then there is a robbery of an armored truck in Santa Fe with the loot being transported by helicopter deep into the vast Navaho reservation in Northern Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern Utah. The helicopter disappeared possibly within the reservation. So is this tied to the murder of the old man and the teenage girl? The old man's grandson arrives on the reservation after he received a letter from his grandfather but the timeframe does not seem to make it possible that the letter actually came from him. The grandson is a priest but could he also be involved in the armored truck heist? The FBI has tied the heist to a militant Indian group called the Buffalo Society. So what else are they planning?

This is actually the first Leaphorn novel that I have read although I have owned a few others that I got rid of before one of my moves. I did really enjoy this. I especially liked the descriptions of the Navaho life and the landscapes of the sandstone and canyons of the reservation. I grew up in Utah and have visited Southern Utah and Arizona and the vistas are very breathtaking.

The novel does have some of the same plot points as the Dark Winds TV series but the series did change and modify a lot of the story. There is still one episode left in the season which I am looking forward to watching and I hear it has been renewed for a second season. I will be watching it and I will definitely be reading more of the Leaphorn and Chee novels!
5thsister avatar reviewed Listening Woman (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 3) on + 23 more book reviews
I simply love Tony Hillerman! The characters come alive and you feel like the Southwest is home turf.
In this book, Leaphorn is on his own, battling evil an the story is riviting.
reviewed Listening Woman (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 3) on + 3 more book reviews
***** Great read and keeps you on your toes with the mysteries.