Literature - Fiction

A Journey Into The Past To Find A Vengeful Killer In This Riveting Southwestern Mystery

Song of the Lion - A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel
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A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings.

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.

But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.

Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.

Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman. More Information…


A Daughter Continues Her Father’s Legacy, and His Series

The New York Times Book Review – April 21, 2017 (Excerpt)

Anne Hillerman’s new novel, “Song of the Lion” — about a car bombing at a high school basketball game and the deeper plot behind it — enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 8. If Hillerman’s name sounds familiar, then so should those of her central characters: Lt. Joe Leaphorn, Sgt. Jim Chee and Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito, all of whom appeared in a popular and long-running detective series by Anne’s father, Tony Hillerman, before his death in 2008. “Song of the Lion” is Anne Hillerman’s third addition to the catalog. “My dad and I never talked about my continuing the series,” Hillerman told me in a recent email. But she and her husband, the photographer Don Strel, did collaborate with him on a nonfiction book (“Tony Hillerman’s Landscape”) that was eventually published in 2009, a year and a day after her father’s death. “Don and I did a book tour and, inevitably, the people in the audience asked if Dad had any novels pending for posthumous release,” she said. “I must have been asked the ‘any more stories coming?’ question a hundred times. When I told them no, I could sense their disappointment. As I healed from the worst of my grief, I realized I desperately missed those stories too.” Read more…