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Skeleton Man

(2004)
(Book 17 in the Joe Leaphorn And Jim Chee series)
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Joe Leaphorn, former Navajo tribal police lieutenant, is not a happy retiree. So when his successor asks him to look into how a young Hopi named Billy Tuve came by a valuable diamond the boy tried to pawn for a fraction of its worth, Joe finds himself involved in a five decade old mystery. It dates back to a plane crash in the Grand Canyon, one that took the life of a man whose putative daughter also has an interest in the diamond; it could lead her to her father's remains, from which she hopes to extract enough DNA to establish her birthright. For good measure, Hillerman adds a couple of villains determined to beat her to the site of the crash, a cache of other diamonds long since given up for lost in the Canyon's watery depths, and a Hopi ritual that's kept the site secret for years. It's a good yarn, well but twice told; Hillerman sets it up in a chronologically confusing opening chapter, in which Joe spins the story for a couple of former law-enforcement colleagues--not just to entertain or enlighten them but to demonstrate what he calls his "Navajo belief in universal connections. The cause leads to inevitable effect. The entire cosmos being an infinitely complicated machine all working together."

Hillerman is a name-brand writer with a huge and well deserved following. His evocation of the landscape of the Southwest is as compelling as it ever was, and many familiar characters from the other 18 novels in this prize-winning series appear here, notably Sergeant Jim Chee and border patrol officer Bernie Manuelito, the woman Chee hopes to marry. Joe Leaphorn remains his most fully-realized protagonist; his perspective on life, destiny, and the sometimes uneasy truce between Native Americans and whites gives this series a unique place in the genre. But as evidenced by his latest, Hillerman's hero needs more than a retired duffer's memories to keep him vital and alive, even for his most dedicated fans. --Jane Adams





Hailed as "a wonderful storyteller" by the New York Times, and a "national and literary cultural sensation" by the Los Angeles Times, bestselling author Tony Hillerman is back with another blockbuster novel featuring the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee.

Former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn comes out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a trading post robbery. A simple-minded kid nailed for the crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim Chee. He needs help and Chee, and his fiancée Bernie Manuelito, decide to provide it.

Proving the kid's innocence requires finding the remains of one of 172 people whose bodies were scattered among the cliffs of the Grand Canyon in an epic airline disaster 50 years in the past. That passenger had handcuffed to his wrist an attaché case filled with a fortune in -- one of which seems to have turned up in the robbery.

But with Hillerman, it can't be that simple. The daughter of the long-dead diamond dealer is also seeking his body. So is a most unpleasant fellow willing to kill to make sure she doesn't succeed. These two tense tales collide deep in the canyon at the place where an old man died trying to build a cult reviving reverence for the Hopi guardian of the Underworld. It's a race to the finish in a thunderous monsoon storm to see who will survive, who will be brought to justice, and who will finally unearth the Skeleton Man.

Genre: Mystery

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September 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: SKELETON MAN
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 0-7490-8265-8 / 978-0-7490-8265-9 (UK edition)
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November 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Skeleton Man (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels)
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ISBN: 0-06-056344-3 / 978-0-06-056344-8 (USA edition)
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2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Skeleton Man
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2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Skeleton Man (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series, Number 17)
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 1-4279-4624-8 / 978-1-4279-4624-9 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Skeleton Man (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel)
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ISBN: 0-06-196779-3 / 978-0-06-196779-5 (USA edition)
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Skeleton Man (Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee)
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 0-7490-8269-0 / 978-0-7490-8269-7 (UK edition)
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January 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Skeleton Man
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 0-06-056346-X / 978-0-06-056346-2 (USA edition)
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November 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Skeleton Man (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels)
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ISBN: 0-06-075423-0 / 978-0-06-075423-5 (USA edition)
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Skeleton Man
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ISBN: 0-7394-5310-6 / 978-0-7394-5310-0 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

December 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Skeleton Man
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 1-4193-1584-6 / 978-1-4193-1584-8 (USA edition)
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December 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Skeleton Man
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 1-4193-1586-2 / 978-1-4193-1586-2 (USA edition)
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November 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Skeleton Man CD
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 0-06-057907-2 / 978-0-06-057907-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Skeleton Man Unabridged
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
ISBN: 0-06-057906-4 / 978-0-06-057906-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Skeleton Man (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel Book 17)
Author(s): Tony Hillerman
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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