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Friday, August 19, 2011

People of Darkness (audiobook) by Tony Hillerman

One of Hillerman's best

Read by George Guidall
Duration: 7 hours, 2 minutes

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008)
People of Darkness is one of Hillerman's best and happens to be the first of the Jim Chee novels. It is set, like most of Hillerman's mysteries, in the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners Area. In this case, Jim Chee is working in the southeast corner of the reservation, in an area commonly called the "Checkerboard" because it consists of a series of parcels of reservation and privately-held land parcels that are interspersed with one another.

Even though he is an officer with the Navajo Tribal Police, Chee is contacted to do some work as a private citizen who lives off of the reservation using his vacation time. It seems a multi-millionaire's wife wants Chee to investigate the theft of some of her husband's private "momentos".

Chee starts to look into it and his curiosity draws him to the case, despite being warned away by the local sheriff and the multi-millionaire.

Plenty of action and even more Navajo cultural lore fill this book. This book is one of Hillerman's best - if you are a fan of his newer works and have not yet read the older ones do yourself a favor and get this one! It was a joy to listen to. This version of the audiobook was narrated by George Guidall who did a strong job with the variety of voices.

This audio version lasts about 7 hours. It is unabridged.

I rate this audiobook 5 stars out of 5.

This book can be found at Amazon.com here: People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman.

Reviewed on February 28, 2008.

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