The Shape Shifter (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels)
by Tony Hillerman
Review by Ernest Lilley
HarperCollins Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0060563451
Date: 21 November, 2006 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Maybe you thought Joe Leaphorn, Navajo policeman veteran of Tony Hillerman's well loved series, had retired. Actually, so did Joe, but he finds it a pretty boring way to spend his time, and doesn't balk much at all when an old friend sends him a picture of a Navajo rug that Joe had thought was destroyed in a trading post fire when he was a young member of the tribal police force. With nothing but time on his hands, he heads up to Flagstaff to check in on his friend and maybe learn more about he mystery, only to find himself involved in a murder investigation that stretches back into his past. From official release/information:
Book Description: Since his retirement from the Navajo Tribal Police, Joe Leaphorn has occasionally been enticed to return to work by former colleagues who seek his help when they need to solve a particularly puzzling crime. They ask because Leaphorn, aided by officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, always delivers. But this time the problem is with an old case of Joe's—his "last case," unsolved, is one that continues to haunt him. And with Chee and Bernie just back from their honeymoon, Leaphorn is pretty much on his own. The original case involved a priceless, one-of-a-kind Navajo rug supposedly destroyed in a fire. Suddenly, what looks like the same rug turns up in a magazine spread. And the man who brings the photo to Leaphorn's attention has gone missing. Leaphorn must pick up the threads of a crime he'd thought impossible to untangle. Not only has the passage of time obscured the details, but it also appears that there's a murderer still on the loose. New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman is at the top of his form in this atmospheric and riveting novel set amid the rugged beauty of his beloved Southwest.