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A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the best-selling author of Spider Woman's Daughter and Rock with Wings.

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multimillion-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.

But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.

Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police's investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.

Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved best-selling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman.

©2017 Anne Hillerman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jean
  • 26-04-17

A Southwestern mystery story

Anne Hillerman’s story features tribal police officer Bernadette “Bernie” Manuelito, who is married to Sgt. Jim Chee. Her mentor is Joe Leaphorn who is recovering from a head injury. Bernie attends a Shiprock High School basketball game while she is off duty. A car is bombed in the parking lot and Bernie is the first on scene. The car belongs to Aza Palmer, an attorney who is the official mediator between the Native American tribes, the environmentalists and a corporation who wants to build a resort on Navajo land near the Grand Canyon. Chee and Manuelito must solve the crime.

The book is well written and researched. Anne Hillerman seems to be getting better with each book she writes. I enjoyed the information about the different tribal affiliates, language, and the conflict between the Navajo and Hopi. The author explains the various Navajo tribal myths and customs which to me makes the story far more interesting. I think most readers will have figured out who the perpetrator is before the end of the book. Somehow, that knowledge only increases the suspense to find out if you are correct and how will they be revealed in the story.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is approximately ten hours long. Christina Delaine does a good job narrating the story. Delaine is a stage actress and voice over artist as well as an audiobook narrator.

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  • O'Donna R.
  • 19-05-17

Good story. Bad narrator.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved Tony Hillerman's books, and I believe Anne Hillerman does an excellent job of carrying on her father's legacy. I don't believe she is as knowledgeable about the Navajo traditions as her father, but she does a commendable job of drawing the reader into the lives of her characters and the Navajo people. I truly enjoyed this book, and it kept me guessing up until the end. I look forward to her next book. Unfortunately, I think her story was marred by the terrible performance of the narrator. I almost stopped listening to the book because I couldn't stand the sound of the narrator's voice.

What other book might you compare Song of the Lion to and why?

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  • Moira L. Mefein
  • 01-05-17

Story yes; narrator NO!

Anne Hillerman is doing a fine job of continuing the Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito books. This yarn was an easy read, with interesting twists. Once again the environment is richly described so that it almost becomes a character in the story. I admit to missing the in-depth discussion of Native American culture that her father had in the original books, but her stories work well, even without that added dimension. Sadly, I cannot commend - or recommend - the reader. Her use of horrendous and stereotypical ignorant southern accents was jarring and extremely distracting. It bore no resemblance to Native American accents or pacing as pronounced by other readers who have performed this series. I look forward to more books by Anne Hillerman, but have no interest in hearing this reader for any book in the future.

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  • Janet Horrall
  • 23-06-17

Better than no Chee at all

I loved Tony Hillerman's stories with their Native American mysticism and wonderful characters. I don't think his daughter quite captures his inspired writing. Still, nice to visit with Jim Chee, Bernie Manuelito, Leaphorn & Louisa for a few hours.

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  • Kristin Rinear-Malovich
  • 20-04-17

Three Books ALL CHARMS!!!!!!

I loved this book. I truly believe Ms Hillerman has the spirit of her father in her. Her writing reminds me so much of his. And Mr. Hillerman was and still is my favorite Author. but she is a close second. Can hardly wait for the next book to come out and I just got this new one !!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!

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  • Rick Garner
  • 20-04-17

A real tribute to her dad.

I loved Tony Hillerman's books, and was very sorry to hear that he had died. His daughter, however, has continued the series so well that it is an absolute tribute to her father. The series lives on through her.
I eagerly anticipate the next book. Thanks, Anne!

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  • Patricia Scherf
  • 15-04-17

Bernie.

Love Hillerman books. Love reader and Navajo pronunciation. Great story. Fast reading and will read again.

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  • Priscilla
  • 30-08-17

Ok... navajo pronunciation was awful..

Navajo pronunciation was weird and awful. And sometimes wrong.. glad it was short.. it past time

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  • carol wagner
  • 30-07-17

disappointed

Would you try another book from Anne Hillerman and/or Christina Delaine?

no

If you’ve listened to books by Anne Hillerman before, how does this one compare?

I read every Hillerman book, and can't give the ones written by Anne Hillerman anything more than three stars. I thought this might be the one that equals those of her father, but not.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The story might have been a bit better if this particular narrator wasn't involved...... . Anyone could have done a better job. bottom line..... please find something else for her to do...please. I will never buy another audible if she is listed as the narrator.

Do you think Song of the Lion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no...........tired of this series since Tony died. Anne Hillerman needs to find her own niche she's not Tony Hillerman, she should stop trying to be.

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Love having Audible narration to the stories I buy from Amazon, I listen while I am working. deliberately looking for books that are narrated, but the drams of some of the narrators is annoying beyond words. why, the over dramatization and bad dialects?

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  • Gary
  • 16-07-17

Good story, poor reader

The story, Song of the Lion, carries on the characters we've grown to love from both Anne and her father's books of the Navajo southwest. The reader, however, actually detracts from the story. The accents and pronunciation were anything but authentic. Captain Large sounds like a mafia Don and several characters sound like southern hillbillies or Hispanic. I lived in Gallup and the Navajo word pronunciation was perhaps grammatically correct, but not phonetically correct. Please try to find a Native American narrator- that would go a long way in delivering a truly excellent book on tape.

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