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Book Title: Thief of Time|
The author of the book: Tony Hillerman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 465 KB
Date of issue: December 1st 2015
ISBN 13: 9780062418029
Read full description of the books Thief of Time:It wasn't the sort of friendship that needed answers.
This was a great Hillerman novel, I really enjoyed it.
This is the second book where Leaphorn and Chee are teaming up to solve a mystery. Both are going through some problems.
Leaphorn is struggling to deal with(view spoiler)[ the death of his beloved wife, Emma. (hide spoiler)] This has left him a heartbroken, miserable shell of a man. He's even decided to quit the force, now just working out his last two weeks before it's all over for good.
Since then, nothing had interested him. Someday, he would come alive again. Or perhaps he would. So far he hadn't.
Therefore, Leaphorn is really surprised when something awakens his "cop interest" - a prominent archaeologist has gone missing a month ago. Where is she? What happened to her? Is there ANY possibility that she could still be alive?
Chee is working the same case from a different angle - someone has stolen a backhoe and is using it to illegally dig up priceless artifacts. When Leaphorn finds out Chee is on the same basic trail as he is, they team up to solve the mystery and arrest the bad guys.
Chee is going through some shit, too, although not nearly as heavy as Leaphorn's problems.
His relationship with Mary is ending (Saints be praised!) and it's really tearing him up because he loved her (heaven knows why!!!!! I hate her).
"But you know, I've decided. I'm giving up. You can't go on forever." As he heard himself say that, he was amazed. When did he decide that? He hadn't realized it. He felt a surge of relief. And of loss. Why can't men cry? he wondered. Why is that not allowed?
He's taken a bit of interest in lawyer Janet Pete. He likes her legs and he doesn't want to disappoint her or make her sad. And he relishes their little conversations.
As she described it, the lawyer in Janet Pete fell away. The girl emerged through the delight and enthusiasm, and Janet Pete became absolutely beautiful herself.
But Janet and Chee - both Navajo - are having a hard-time getting over their respective shit-for-brains white lovers, and it might be a long time before we see actual kissing between these two.
The book also has a little bit of humor in it, which is surprising - I don't usually get that from Hillerman. But the beginning of the novel when Chee has taken Janet's car out for a test drive and uses it to chase down bad guys... it was pretty funny.
Leaphorn's intense cynical grumpiness can be smile-inducing as well.
When circumstances allowed, he would talk to a man whose very existence annoyed him.
Leaphorn may be grumpy as hell, even before (view spoiler)[his wife died (hide spoiler)] but the first three books of the series have shown us that he's also a proto-mensch. Even though he's not very mensch-like in this book, I still have hope that the kickass man in Dance Hall of the Dead is going to reappear sometime. Am I asking for too much? Jeez, I hope not. These books are never going to get above a three star rating for me if Leaphorn (and possibly Chee, although I don't have as much hope for him) doesn't start acting like a mensch, and soon.
I did NOT see the twist or the ending of this one coming! Loved that - loved being surprised and not being able to put all the pieces together. Hillerman genuinely surprised me this time. Good job on him.
And you can FINALLY see in this book that Leaphorn and Chee are going to be friends. The book ends with a very telling sentence that makes you realize that these two men are going to be walking together on the road of friendship now. FINALLY. Jeez. I feel like I've been waiting forever! Leaphorn is such a stubborn man, always thinking Chee is too religious and too idealistic - not grumpy and cynical as is proper for a cop. But I feel like finally the men are seeing eye-to-eye on some things, and even Leaphorn has to grudgingly admit that Chee is smart as a whip. Progress.
Now if only we could get Leaphorn to express his mensch tendencies again, this would be a stellar series.
Tl;dr - In the hunt to find a missing archaeologist, Leaphorn and Chee are finally starting to warm up to each other. Bonuses in this novel include a bit of humor and a surprising and satisfying conclusion to the mystery.
Read information about the authorTony 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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