Santa Fe author Anne Hillerman continues the mystery series her father, Tony Hillerman, created beginning in 1970, but with her own voice. Anne's debut novel, Spider Woman's Daughter, received the Spur Award for Best First Novel. Five novels followed, each a New York Times best-seller. The newest, The Tale Teller, (2019), calls attention to the Navajos’ Long Walk and the treaty that established the Navajo Nation. Before turning to fiction, Anne published several non-fiction books and worked for many years as a reporter and editor. She recently received the Frank Waters Award for contributions to the literature of the Southwest.
About The Tale Teller
Legendary Navajo policeman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn takes center stage in this riveting atmospheric mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman that combines crime, superstition, and tradition and brings the desert Southwest vividly alive.
Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact—a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history. Joe’s been hired to find a missing biil, a traditional dress that had been donated to the Navajo Nation. His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware—witchcraft is afoot.
While the veteran detective is busy working to untangle his strange case, his former colleagues Sgt. Jim Chee and Officer Bernie Manuelito are collecting evidence they hope will lead to a cunning criminal behind a rash of burglaries. Their case takes a complicated turn when Bernie finds a body near a popular running trail. The situation grows more complex when the death is ruled a homicide, and the Tribal cops are thrust into a turf battle because the murder involves the FBI.
As Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie draw closer to solving these crimes, their parallel investigations begin to merge . . . and come to surprising and suspenseful conclusion.