The Blessing Way (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel #1) (Mass Market)

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The Blessing Way is Tony Hillerman’s first book  in the series featuring Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. A young man is fleeing arrest, heading into the far corners of the reservation. By the time Leaphorn finds his suspect, the man is a corpse with no clues to solve the mystery of his death. No evidence litters the ground, no tracks lead the way to the killer, and nothing points a direction for the investigation. A professor is on the reservation researching native culture and tribal beliefs in witchcraft. Hillerman has written many books featuring Leaphorn, books that transport you into another culture. It is a journey worth taking, set in a remote, wide open land full of blazing sunsets, high mesa’s, and canyons. Tony Hillerman captures perfectly the lonely beauty of the landscape along with the rich cultural heritage of the Navajo people. Along the way he tells rousing good stories with likeable characters and interesting plots.


— Deon Stonehouse


Don’t miss the TV series, Dark Winds, based on the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito novels, now on AMC and AMC+!  

“Brilliant…as fascinating as it is original.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

From New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman, the first novel in his series featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn & Officer Jim Chee who encounter a bizarre case that borders between the supernatural and murder

Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high, lonely place—a corpse with a mouth full of sand—abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer.

There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch leads him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.

About the Author

TONY HILLERMAN served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and received the Edgar and Grand Master Awards. His other honors include the Center for the American Indian’s Ambassador Award, the Spur Award for Best Western Novel, and the Navajo Tribal Council Special Friend of the Dineh Award. A native of Oklahoma, Tony Hillerman lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until his death in 2008.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061808357
ISBN-10: 0061808350
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 26th, 2009
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Leaphorn and Chee Novel