In this book, Lt. Joe Leaphorn is assigned to look for a missing Navajo youth who may have been present at the murder of a Zuni youth.
I would have abandoned the series, but circumstances beyond my control motivated me to pick up the second book. This book continues following Navajo cop Joe Leaphorn. In the first book, Leaphorn had no personality and no character. There's a discomfort between the Navajo and the Zuñi people. As an example of this, the book states that Zuñi make "Navajo jokes" the same way white people would make derogatory jokes about the Polish. The Zuñi boy is going to be the Little Fire God in an upcoming ritual, and is slated to be great among his people. This book, just like Book 1, is steeped in tradition, rituals, medicine, and myths of the Navajo and Zuñi tribes. In The Blessing Way, Joe Leaphorn might as well have been a piece of drywall for all the emotion and personality we got from him. Joe Leaphorn was also acting like a mensch in this book. (If he keeps it up in subsequent books, then he will be an actual mensch instead of just acting like one. His true-mensch status is yet to be determined.) In this book we can admire Leaphorn's interrogation skills: buy information with cigarettes. Cecil's expression said he was wondering how this policeman could have forgotten that, and then he knew Leaphorn hadn't forgotten. "To hell with it," Leaphorn said. You think about it and then you tell me just what you'd want a policeman to know. So be careful not to tell me anything you think would hurt your brother." He has mercy on women. "We'll go get your stuff and we don't need to tell Halsey anything except that I'm taking you with me." "Halsey won't like it," Susanne said. Tl;dr - If you are thinking of never reading another Hillerman book again after consuming the godawful The Blessing Way - well, I can't blame you. P.S. You can just skip The Blessing Way and start the series with this book.
This is the second of Tony Hillerman's celebrated books featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. A young Zuni Indian boy, Ernesto Cata, disappears while training for his important role in an upcoming tribal ceremony.
This is the second novel in the series featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is called in to find George, who is Navajo, while the Zuni police search for Ernesto. While investigating near the Bowlegs home Joe Leaphorn is approached by Cecil, who tells him that George is running away from the kachina, the one that got Ernesto. When Leaphorn goes to investigate and interview Susanne he sees a Zuni kachina next to the death hogan. The story is a window into both Zuni and Navajo beliefs through the eyes of Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn.
(From what I heard, it was because Anglo guests simply did not know how to behave.) Leaphorn, too, is something of an outsider here, negotiating the challenges of working both with somewhat secretive Zuni law enforcement, investigating the bloody murder of a Zuni youth, and with the FBI, investigating something that long remains unclearin Hillermans world, the Feds use their Rez colleagues but rarely share with them. Joes accustomed skills at unhurried, sensitive interrogation (inevitably contrasting with those of culturally oblivious Anglo colleagues) are much on show, as is his impressive, adept reading of physical evidence and tracking signs.
Audiobook performed by George Guidall It's book number two in Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn series ...
Mr. Hillerman's third novel, and second mystery featuring Navajo tribal detective Joe Leaphorn. But when the young Zuni Fire God Ernesto Cata disappeared, Leaphorn, in part because against tradition, Cata's best friend was a Navajo boy, George Bowlegs.
One can clearly see the influence of this article in this early entry in the Leaphorn and Chee series, as Leaphorn is constantly saying he wants to understand White people.
Joe is called to a conference of police officers because a Zuni boy has been found almost beheaded and his best friend a Navajo, George Bowlegs is missing.
Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he resided with his wife until his death in 2008.