Listening Woman (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #3)

Listening Woman (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series #3)

by Tony Hillerman


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The blind shaman called Listening Woman speaks of witches and restless spirits, of supernatural evil unleashed. But Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police is sure the monster who savagely slaughtered an old man and a teenage girl was human.

Now the solution to a horrific crime is buried somewhere in a dead man’s secrets—and in the shocking events of a hundred years past. To ignore the warnings of a venerable seer, however, might be reckless foolishness when Leaphorn’s investigation leads him further away from the comprehensible . . . and closer to the most brutally violent confrontation of his career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062821751
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Series: Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 334,800
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

TONY HILLERMAN served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and received the Edgar and Grand Master Awards. His other honors include the Center for the American Indian’s Ambassador Award, the Spur Award for Best Western Novel, and the Navajo Tribal Council Special Friend of the Dineh award. A native of Oklahoma, Tony Hillerman lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until his death in 2008.


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Date of Birth:

May 27, 1925

Date of Death:

October 26, 2008

Place of Birth:

Sacred Heart, Oklahoma

Place of Death:

Albuquerque, New Mexico


B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1946; M.A., University of New Mexico, 1966

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Listening Woman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
MartyWA More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of the books in the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee series and this one was great. This is the 3rd book in the series and only features Joe Leaphorn. I think the plot and the twists thrown in along the way to Joe Leaphorn solving the mystery is the best of the first three books. If you read the books in the sequence they were written, you can see Tony Hillerman's development of the characters, plots, and his use of the Navajo Country setting. One of the things that make this series great for me is that three of the books were made into movies. Everytime I read one of these, I picture Wes Studi and Adam Beach as the characters. If you enjoy these mysteries, then you should definately see the movies (Coyote Waits, Skinwalkers, and Thief of Time).
halliemae More than 1 year ago
Always fascinating stories, enjoyed learning a lot about the Navajo Nation.
JaneAustenJK More than 1 year ago
This is a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Joe Leaphorn struggles through caves and caverns and risks death trying to solve the mystery. As always, the characters are well defined and the plot reveals the Native American culture in which is takes place. And as always, it comes to an exciting and surprising conclusion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A man tries to run over Lt. Leaphorn in a car. and another man is Murdered with a Young Teenager just after talking to a Blind Woman. Is there a Connection? Try solving this while being Hunted by a Murderer and a Dog at the same time. This is a Very Suspenseful Murder Mystery. Join Lt. Leaphorn and Hurry!!!! he needs all the help he can get!!!!!
ffortsa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third Joe Leaphorn mystery, this one quite action-packed for a Hillerman (I generally regard them as more cerebral than muscle-bound). An old man is killed before he can die of whatever disease he has, but before he does he talks about seeing many sand paintings (each ritual has only one), and seeing them desecrated. Leaphorn sets out to find out why he and a young woman with him were murdered, and who tried to kill him on the road, and is asked to protect a young white woman on a mission, and also some Boy Scouts. Naturally, all come together at the end, in a rather hair-raising extended episode of violence and resolution. I learned a lot of Navajo history from this one, including references to Kit Carson and the truly lovely way the U.S. has always handled its native populations. Must look up more of that.Overall, a very good book.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Police is looking for an excuse to get out of patrolling a Boy Scout encampment, so he goes looking through some cold case stuff. He finds the file on a double homicide that is still open. As he digs into the case, he is nearly killed by a crazy driver who laughs as he runs him down. And the more he looks, the more several unrelated cases seem to all tie together. Could a terrorist group be hiding out there in desert?I really like this series. Taken individually, the stories are not necessarily the best. But the series as a whole is a little window into a different way of life, and I love the characters. I know the author is an Anglo from Oklahoma, so why he chose to write about the Southwest is a mystery. But from my perspective here in Utah, he does a great job of getting the feel just right. 3.5 stars
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a long trip. Enjoyed the story, but the reader was not my favorite, especially the way he read women's voices. Still, it was very listenable. Enjoyed the mystery as always with a Hillerman book.
tzelman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Complex murder plot on Navaho reservation. Cleverly organized; quiet, thoughtful Leaphorn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book equally as much on the second reading,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. Suspenseful. I enjoyed this book very much. Couldn't put it down at the end.
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kanastos More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Hillerman's books so much that I have ordered them for my son to read. I love the Four Corners area and these books are based on the Indian Reservation located there. Joe Leaphorn is like a Navajo Sherlock Holmes. I highly recommend all the books in this series.
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Good read, always interesting plot twists. Ventured away from the reservation a bit, which was different. Overall, good summer reading.