• Skeleton Man

  • A Leaphorn and Chee Novel, Book 17
  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“In his masterly reworking of this powerful myth, Hillerman creates a kachina for contemporary times.... No wonder Hillerman’s stories never grow old. Like myths, they keep evolving with the telling.” (New York Times Book Review)

From the enduring "national and literary cultural sensation" (Los Angeles Times) Tony Hillerman, a crackling tale of myth, mystery, and murder featuring the legendary Leaphorn and Chee.

Though he may be retired, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn hasn’t lost his curiosity or his edge. He’s eager to help Sergeant Jim Chee and his fiancée, Bernie Manuelito, with their latest case—clearing an innocent kid accused of robbing a trading post. 

Billy Tuve claims he received the precious diamond from a strange old man in the canyon. Could it be one of the gems that went missing in an epic plane crash decades earlier? Now that it may have resurfaced, it’s attracted dangerous strangers to the Navajo lands. 

Proving Billy’s innocence won’t be easy. Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito must find the remains of a passenger who died in the crash—one of 172 lost souls whose remains were scattered across the magnificent tiered cliffs of the Grand Canyon.

But nature may prove their deadliest adversary. To find the proof they need, the detectives must battle a thunderous monsoon and a killer as they plunge deeper into the dark realm of the Hopi Lord of Death—the guardian of the underworld known as Skeleton Man.

©2009 Tony Hillerman (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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good as uaual...

Loved the book. interesting Hopi and Navajo cultural history included. Walk in Beauty, hozhon!

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Great Narration, Mediocre Story

Reminiscent of the Longmire series in narration, George Guidall does a fine job. The story starts out well but becomes a little dumb in the circumstances and dumb decisions the characters make, not to mention their continual second guessing (third, fourth and fifth guessing) of themselves.

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Not either Hillerman

the plot seems very interesting,, but...the narrative just rambles and rambles with out connection to the plot. I will probably finish it eventually, but its dull. Lots of map references! names of towns and places and roads but,,, with no real purpose. So disappointing.

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disappointed

expected more from Tony Hillerman. This could have been a 2 hour book if the author hadn't repeated the same facts 5-6 times using different characters to say the exact same thing. Didnt care for the reader's voice or style.

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Another great Hillerman story

Been reading Hillerman for 30 years. Never fails to impress and entertain. Great narration.

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  • RH
  • 01-31-22

Another great story

I loved the story and the continuation of the story arcs regarding Leaphorn, Louisa, Chee, and Manuelito. I disliked the way the narrator sounded when he was speaking for female characters, particularly when interacting with males. They tended to be shrill, prim, anxious, or little-girlish sounding. The males in response tended to sound paternalistic--all not what I imagine when I read the actual stories or hear other narrators of these books. I have noticed this in previous Leaphorn/Chee novels that he has narrated.

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Good story

I enjoyed the story very much. The only flaw was the brevity. Other wise excellent.

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Another great effort by Hillerman

Easier to follow than some of its predecessors, this novel has fewer plot contortions toward the end. Very enjoyable listen. I'm only sorry there's just one more by Tony before his daughter's books start.

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Wonderful Audio Story!

Wonderful Audio Story! Love Bernie the Best! Can't wait to listen to the next book!

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  • Mary
  • 01-23-22

At last

I’ve been waiting ages for the George Guidall, narrated Tony Hillerman stories to hit Audible .

Beautifully read , with each character portrayed differently, George G. really is a master in the art of book narration . His pace and timing is just class apart from most narrators.

Great stories involving the legendary Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee of the Navaho tribal police. I have never been to Arizona , never met a Navaho Indian but I’ve been able to picture it all in Tony Hillerman’s stories. He manages to weave a good plot while not only creating a sense of place but also shining a light on the Native American cultures and the differences between the different groups.

Please can we now have the rest , particularly the earlier stories.

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