A Thief of Time

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HarperCollins, Jan 5, 1990 - Fiction - 334 pages
33 Reviews

At a moonlit Indian ruin—where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground in the name of profit—a noted anthropologist vanishes while on the verge of making a startling, history-altering discovery. At an ancient burial site, amid stolen goods and desecrated bones, two corpses are discovered, shot by bullets fitting the gun of the missing scientist.

There are modern mysteries buried in despoiled ancient places. And as blood flows all too freely, Navajo Tribal Policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth an astonishing truth and a cold-hearted killer.

  

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Review: A Thief of Time (Navajo Mysteries #8)

User Review  - Kane - Goodreads

A fun mystery. Lots of local flavor, good characters, and nice plotting. I can see why Mr. Hillerman's books are so popular. Nice and easy to read, but interesting enough that you feel like you're learning things as you read him. Read full review

Review: A Thief of Time (Navajo Mysteries #8)

User Review  - Lillian Carl - Goodreads

Another of Hillerman's Chee and Leaphorn books, this one takes place right after Leaphorn's wife dies. He's handed in his resignation to the Navajo Police, but then is drawn into a case involving a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
43
Section 4
61
Section 5
83
Section 6
97
Section 7
116
Section 8
130
Section 13
203
Section 14
225
Section 15
240
Section 16
256
Section 17
270
Section 18
284
Section 19
301
Section 20
332

Section 9
147
Section 10
159
Section 11
176
Section 12
182
Section 21
334
Section 22
335
Section 23
337
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Page 1 - THE MOON HAD RISEN just above the cliff behind her. Out on the packed sand of the wash bottom the shadow of the walker made a strange elongated shape. Sometimes it suggested a heron, sometimes one of those stick-figure forms of an Anasazi pictograph. An animated pictograph, its arms moving rhythmically as the moon shadow drifted across the sand. Sometimes, when the goat trail bent and put the walker's profile against the moon, the shadow became Kokopelli himself. The backpack formed the spirit's...
Page 324 - ... postponement. Solving the problem of what to do about Brigham Houk would take more than one trip down the river. And if he had to stick around, he might as well withdraw that letter. As Captain Nez had said, he could always write it again. Jim Chee noticed Leaphorn was watching him. "You all right?" Chee asked. "I've felt better,
Page 148 - The sheriff hauled everything off, I guess," Leaphorn said. "After they got their photographs." 'That was the plan when I left." Leaphorn didn't comment. He sat silently, considering the destruction below. This ridge was much higher than it had seemed to Chee in the darkness. Shiprock stuck up like a blue thumb on the western horizon seventy miles away. Behind it, the dim outline of the Carrizo Mountains formed the last margin of the planet. The sagebrush flats between were dappled with the shadow...
Page 74 - An' so when I was a boy, I would go with my uncle and we'd carry a bundle of aghaal up there, and we'd stick those prayer sticks up in a shrine we made up there and we'd chant this prayer. And then sometimes we'd go over to Gobernador Knob. . . ." Nakai gestured toward the east. "Over there across Blanco Canyon where First Woman and First Man found the Asdza'a' Nadleehe', and we would leave some of those aghaal over there.
Page 59 - Chee described how he had picked up a man who came to be Janet Pete's client, and had tried to have him kept in the Farmington jail until he had a chance to talk to him, and how sore Pete had been about it. 'Tough as nails," Chee said. "Not my type. Not unless I kill somebody and need a lawyer.
Page 1 - Waterspr inkier had taken visible form. If an Anasazi had risen from his thousand-year grave in the trash heap under the cliff ruins here, he would have seen the Humpbacked Flute Player, the rowdy god of fertility of his lost people. But the shadow was only the shape of Dr. Eleanor Friedman-Bernal blocking out the light of an October moon.
Page 152 - But I'm not a civilian yet," he added, "and what we have here is peculiar. This overlap, I mean. We have Dr. Friedman-Bernal being a ferocious collector of this kind of pottery." Leaphorn tapped the potsherd with his forefinger. "We have Jimmy Etcitty killed here digging up this sort of pot. This same Jimmy Etcitty worked over at Chaco where Friedman-Bernal worked. This same Jimmy Etcitty found a pot somewhere near Bluff which he sold to a collector who sold it to an auction house. This pot got FriedmanBernal...

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About the author (1990)

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

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