People of Darkness: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel #4) (Paperback)

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In People of Darkness Tony Hillerman brings Sergeant Jim Chee into his series set on the Navajo reservation. Advised by his uncle that it would be wise to understand the ways of the white people, Jim is dating a white school teacher.  Native custom and beliefs are an important part of Jim Chee’s character.  He respects the old ways.  This relationship with a white woman brings his caring for her in conflict with his determination to remain true to himself. He may learn more about the white culture, but the personal cost could be high.  Chee becomes involved in a case involving the dawning of the atomic age and greed.  A rich man’s wife offers an outrageous amount of money for a box of rocks. As he gets closer to the truth, a hired killer is sent after him.


— Deon Stonehouse


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“Hillerman . . . is in a class by himself.”— Los Angeles Times

The fourth novel in New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman’s highly acclaimed Leaphorn and Chee series.

A dying man is murdered. A rich man’s wife agrees to pay three thousand dollars for the return of a stolen box of rocks. A series of odd, inexplicable events is haunting Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police and drawing him alone into the Bad Country of the merciless Southwest, where everything good struggles to survive, including Chee. Because an assassin waits for him there, protecting a thirty-year-old vision that greed has sired and blood has nourished. And only one man will walk away.

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.

Praise For…

“The only mysteries I read are Hillerman’s.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

“Hillerman deserves to be included in any list of the best living mystery writers.” — Dallas Morning News

“Hillerman knows the value of suspense. He packs his scenes with tantalizing details, his detectives with intelligent persistency and his story with an understated sense of urgency.” — People

“Hillerman transcends the mystery genre.” — Washington Post Book World

“Hillerman’s mysteries are unique in American crime fiction.” — Los Angeles Times

"He makes the desert come, alive." — Denver Post

"Hillerman . . . is in a class by himself." — Los Angeles Times

"Hillerman gets better with every book." — San Francisco Chronicle

"Hillerman is an expert puzzle-maker." — The Atlantic

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062821768
ISBN-10: 0062821768
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: July 24th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: A Leaphorn and Chee Novel