Anne Hillerman – Song of the Lion


Song of the Lion”  is the third book of the Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, Bernie Manuelito series that Anne Hillerman took over from her late father and has made her own. She uses the characters  Chee and Leaphorn that her father developed and added Chee’s wife Manuelito to the mix.

Chee and Manuelito are Navajo Nation Police and Leaphorn is a retired from the same force. This case starts out with car bomb in the parking lot of a high school in Shiprock, New Mexico and is associated with a mediation of all interested parties concerning a resort development right outside Grand Canyon National Park. The three have a difficult time trying to sort out all the sketchy characters involved in a case that has roots going back decades.

If you love the desert southwest and are interested in the Navajo, Hopi, and other tribes, and conflict between tribal rights and traditions and the forces for economic development then you will like this book. Ms. Hillerman has done a great job adopting her father’s series and adding new dimensions to it.

I give it a thumbs up rating. It is a great read.I got my copy at the Tulsa City County Library. I give them a thumbs up also.

4 thoughts on “Anne Hillerman – Song of the Lion

  1. Gaelyn

    Always liked her Dad’s books, and this one sounds especially interesting with the inclusion of the Escalade idea on the Navajo land.

  2. DeniseinVA

    I remember those characters in a TV movie a while back with Wes Studi and Adam Beach. It was a great show. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I definitely love the southwest. On my list, thank you!

  3. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    Thumbs up to all public libraries!

    And thanks for telling us this good news . Did not know his daughter had continued the series, just hollered at Bill and told him — this was one of the somewhat rare series that we both loved. I’ve made a note to reserve this from the Eugene Library when we get home (for he who does not read Kindle books ever). If it were just for me, I could borrow it to Kindle any time. (But I still love going to the Library and I’ll read these books in real-book format as soon as I can). Too late to reserve books from Florida Library now!

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