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Publisher's Summary

In his Chee/Leaphorn series, best-selling author and recipient of the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award, Tony Hillerman, magically combines Navajo lore and modern American culture. In The Fallen Man, he brings Leaphorn out of retirement to join Chee in solving one of his most chilling mysteries to date.

When a human skeleton is discovered on sacred Navajo land, the publicity surrounding the find sets in motion a widespread investigation and a series of attempted murders. After a Washington group hires Leaphorn to investigate the "fallen man's" past, he joins Chee in unraveling a deadly intrigue that finally involves players from both the FBI and a suspicious corporation.

Sensitive insight into Navajo culture and intricate storytelling explain why Hillerman's tales are best sellers. Guidall's dramatic, well-paced narration makes clear why each release in the Leaphorn/Chee series attracts a wider audience.

©1996 Tony Hillerman (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

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Not much better than a Hillerman

Leaphorn, Chi, Navaho Reservation, Four Corners area in the Southwest plus intriguing mysteries, fascinating cultures, and a terrific narrator. Love all the Tony Hillerman novels.

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Another great Leaphorn / Chee tale

While this is not the first book in the series, it can easily be read at any time. Leaphorn may have retired but he has not given up with Chee or investigation of crime on the Navajo reservation. In this volume, a case from Leaphorn's tenure is resolved when a body is discovered more than a decade after the death occurred.

I love the quiet pace at which these stories unfold and the way they demonstrate a way of life foreign to me. Respect for culture and the land are the most important things to Chee, solving the crimes is almost incidental (although he is very good at that too!). You would not use the words "fast paced" or "thrilling" for any book in this series but there is a clear mystery which is solved through effective police work. This is one of my favorite series.

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Wonderful but with some loose ends!

Hillerman is a fine writer, and I enjoyed Fallen Man. At the end, it seemed like there were some loose ends that begged for more information i.e Janet's going home, and the capture of the cattle rustling brand inspector. Hillerman's description of Navajo country is beautiful, and the description of the arrival of the first winter storm was exquisite. If it was possible, I rate Fallen Man at 4 1/2 stars......

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Very enjoyable

Loved the book and the narration, looking forward to listening to the next one

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who hurt this man?

did Hillerman's wife leave him before this book? The way he speaks about women is different and unkind this time around. otherwise pretty standard Chee and Leaphorn novel.

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Twists and turns and More!

I’m so hooked on the Leaphorn and Chi Mysteries! This one did not disappoint! The character development of Chi on yet another relationship while also trying to develop a new on whit his old boss Leaphorn was excellent! These relationships were more satisfying than the actual mystery they were both engaged in! Great dynamics all around! And of course the performance of George Guidall was superb! Each character was vividly portrayed!

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Another great addition to the collection

Leaphorn and Chee team up to solve yet another murder mystery, a tangled group of loose threads at the beginning that comes together in an elegant knot by the end. Add in personal issues and retirement complications, and it makes a great listen.

Also very good to have the original narrator back.

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Still So Good

The author, the reader still refreshes us. Give five stars all around. Hillerman and Guidall hooked my wife and me into top notch audible years ago.

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maybe 3.5

I'm having trouble staying interested in this book. The Hillerman tv series on AMC is better than this book.

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Tony Hillerman rarely disappoints…

… and he certainly captures the local flavor and nuances of the four corners area and beyond. Chee and Leaphorn continue to be champion investigators in the same spirit as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Perot… Except with their incomparable Dine’ insouciance. I love George Guidell as a narrator, but is Western cadence doesn’t mean he has all the southwestern accents and so I only wish as a native New Mexican and someone who has practiced law in Navajo Country, we had somebody with a greater range of the local dialect and accented patois.