People of Darkness

People of Darkness pA dying man is murdered A rich man s wife agrees to pay three thousand dollars for the return of a stolen box of rocks A series of odd inexplicable events is haunting Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo

  • Title: People of Darkness
  • Author: Tony Hillerman
  • ISBN: 9780380577781
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • pA dying man is murdered A rich man s wife agrees to pay three thousand dollars for the return of a stolen box of rocks A series of odd, inexplicable events is haunting Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police and drawing him alone into the Bad Country of the merciless Southwest, where nothing good can survive including Chee Because an assassin waitspA dying man is murdered A rich man s wife agrees to pay three thousand dollars for the return of a stolen box of rocks A series of odd, inexplicable events is haunting Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police and drawing him alone into the Bad Country of the merciless Southwest, where nothing good can survive including Chee Because an assassin waits for him there, protecting a thirty year old vision that greed has sired and blood has nourished And only one man will walk away p

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    1. Tony Hillerman

      Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962 Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he resided with his wife until his death in 2008 Hillerman, a consistently bestselling author, was ranked as New Mexico s 25th wealthiest man in 1996.

    648 thoughts on “People of Darkness”

    1. The 4th (fourth) Navajo book by Hillerman.This time, our MC is not Joe Leaphorn, but the more mystical and traditionally Navajo Jim Chee.Jim Chee is a great Navajo policeman and has a job offer on the table to become and FBI agent which he is considering - he can become an FBI agent and live in the white world or he can choose to become a Navajo holy man and live in the Navajo world. He hasn't decided what he wants to do yet.When Jim Chee is hired by some rich white folks to find a secret sealed [...]

    2. Although the title sounds a bit biblical (recalling Isaiah 9:2), the “people of darkness” are, according to Jim Chee, who turns up for the first time here in a Hillerman mystery, the Dine’etse-tle, the humblest of Navajo predators: moles. In this case the title also refers to a group of Dinee Native American Church members, suspected of stealing a mysterious box of mementos from a wealthy Anglo who got rich quick in the New Mexico uranium boom. Jim Chee is no sooner on the case, however, t [...]

    3. * a long overdue celebration of Navajo culture, April 24, 2005 *Tony Hillerman gives Anglos like me who grew up near the Navajo Nation and other reservations and are curious about these cultures but have no real means of accessing them a way of learning more about them and how members interact with mainstream America in modern times. I've read 5-6 Hillerman titles, and I've enjoyed each one. But this one is an especially good one.If you like Hillerman's books, try The Shaman Sings and others fro [...]

    4. Published in 1978, one of the early Jim Chee. Takes place in the areas of New Mexico through which we were traveling, the continental divide, Grant, Albuquerque. Reading this series is good anywhere, but reading them in the places evoked by Hillerman is awesome.

    5. This is the story that Chee gets introduced, as Hillerman explained, because he had foolishly signed away the rights to Leaphorn and refused to write more books that were going to benefit others. I'm not sure if he meant TV or movie rights. Chee is a more traditional Navajo than Leaphorn, torn between Shaman or law enforcement as possible careers. He becomes friends with Mary, who I disliked, a white woman who seemed pretty negative and self centered to me. The mystery is why would a box be stol [...]

    6. People of Darkness is a mystery involving Navajo Tribal Police Sergeant Jim Chee as he investigates a series of perplexing events including a mysterious theft and the murder of a dying man. As the plot unfolds, Chee is drawn deeper into the Navajo tribal lands in New Mexico including the four corners area. Hillerman is noted for his beautiful descriptions of the southwest and the ways of the Navajo people; he doesn't disappoint. Sergeant Chee is interesting in that he is struggling with his two [...]

    7. I never tire of Hillerman. I got to read this book while flying directly over the area it was set. One of the older titles, this is where Chee first meets Mary Landon. This novel is particularly suspenseful, even for a Hillerman, as Chee is matched against a hitman who is more force than human. As always, a fun read all the way to the last page.

    8. I have not been reading these in order, but I enjoy the pace and thoughtfulness of the action. It was nice to finally see how Chee and Mary finally meet. I'm A Huge Tony Fan. Really like what he does, and how he presents his work. Was VERY sorry when he died.

    9. Another splendid Hellerman read. Engrossing and interesting. He does a masterful job of folding Navajo myths, religion and ways into a detective/mystery story plus the description of New Mexico scenery is wonderful. And, I really like the character of Jim Chee.

    10. As always, the Navajo people and their ways and habits are handled with delicacy, charm, and completeness. it seems simple enough. A wife, Rosemary Vines, simply reported a burglary. However, she did not want her husband, Ben, (BJ) to know; why? It was a box of mementos, the only thing missing in the huge ranch house, which her husband never let her see. Why?It develops, though they had been married for some time, there was 25 years missing from his past. She suspected there were things in the b [...]

    11. People of Darkness is the fourth book in the Navajo Mysteries series. The story begins when a car bomb goes off at a cancer hospital. From there it just gets weirder when a rich wife contacts Sgt. Jim Chee with the Navajo Tribal Police to hire him to find a stolen box. Assassins, greedy business owners, peyote smoking religious Navajos and more. When I finished the story, I rated it 4-stars but today I'm feeling it's more of a 2-star. Why the difference? Partly because of the main character chan [...]

    12. People of DarknessAnother great read by Hillerman. I know it is from the 1990s, but these stories should be labelled as classics. They are timeless and are always intriguing, enjoyable in a gentle way. People of Darkness has Jimmy Chee following clues about a private case he has been offered, but no one seems to want him to take it. In the end, he becomes involved even though it was not on his agenda. Another well written mystery that hooks the reader and takes them into the world of Native Amer [...]

    13. We first meet Jim Chee in this novel, who serves as a counter weight to the older and gruffer Leaphorn. Chee is a spiritual man and believes in the Navajo way, so when given two career choices, he chooses to remain in the Four-Corners region with his girlfriend. Although I read this book many years after it's publication, it didn't seem too dated, and I enjoyed the mystery.

    14. I know I must have read this years ago (it's from 1980), but I didn't remember much about it, so that made it good to read again. I don't think I've ever read a Tony Hillerman book that I didn't like, and this was no exception. I really like Jim Chee.

    15. I've read a couple of Hillerman's books before, but this was my first time with People of Darkness. I'd say it's one of his stronger books, and a good starting point for new readers. We get the benefit of a fresh start with a new protagonist, but we're also past the unsteadiness that often shows in an author's first couple of books. It reads like a standard detective story, one which I think would readily translate to the big screen. It's well paced and Hillerman's prose, while mostly straightfo [...]

    16. I love Tony Hillerman's books. He writes like a dream, about interesting situations with real moral dimensions. You care about the characters - there are no anti-heroes in this book, only three dimensional villains and a wonderful hero in Jimmy Chee. I cannot recommend his books enough.

    17. Introduction of Jim Chee. He is a vehicle for the conflict between the Navajo way and the world around them. See my review of #1. The contrast between beauty and evil is even more vivid.

    18. Perhaps the most gripping Hillerman book I have read. Excellent book. Fully deserving of 5/5 stars.The ending is very satisfying and well crafted. You never see it coming until it happens, but when the book climaxes and ends, I felt it could not have had a better ending.Hilleman weaves the Native culture and traditions in well without forcing things. Does a good job of helping the reader visualize the confluence of modern trends versus Native traditions. Joe Leaphorn hardly appears in this book, [...]

    19. People of Darkness reviewA very interesting story with twists and turns. There are insights into the Navaho way of life. Recommend this book.

    20. This was my second of Tony Hillerman's books and so far with each book I have become more of a fan. I love the simplicity of the way Hillman writes and the imagination he allows me to have in this storytelling. Fantastic book would recommend it even more then Dance hall of the dead.

    21. The first book I completed this semester is a mystery-novel called “People of Darkness”, which was written nearly 30 years ago by author Tony Hillerman. It describes the life and times of a middle-aged Navajo policeman named Jimmy Chee, who embarks on a quest throughout the Southwest (U.S.), but especially around Albuquerque, NM, to solve a simple case of theft. In the end, he eventually unveils the deadly truth about the secretive Peyote religion, a wealthy man named Mr. Vines, a stealthy a [...]

    22. This genre isn't one that I can get into easily(I only read this because my Dad's been bugging me to try this author for a while now, and I felt I needed to expand my reading palate beyond my typical fare of YA literature and fairy tales). Spending whole books trying to find out whodunnit, where the biggest climax is finally being given the answer, appeals to me very little. Why should I care who killed Mr. Body? --unless, of course, the Butler in the Library with a Candlestick is going to show [...]

    23. If you get my news feed, you can see I've been gobbling up Tony Hillerman this summer, and this title is a standout, although limited to the younger Navajo detective of Hillerman's pair of beloved sleuths. Hillerman's writing is so subtle and pervasive, a good writer shows character rather than tells it, and Hillerman expresses it with scent, sound and touch--blank space in the form of wind, the reservation badlands, the politeness of a people who let the space linger to be certain to listen wel [...]

    24. The fourth book in Tony Hillerman's Navajo Detectives series is “The People of Darkness.” Whereas in the first three books Lt. Joe Leaphorn is the main character; “People of Darkness" introduces Sgt. Jim Chee, a young reservation law enforcement officer who struggles to find balance between the traditional ways of the Navajo and the white man's world - and a career in the FBI. The story begins with Jim Chee being asked by Rosemary Vines, the wife of B.J. Vines, one of the richest men in Ne [...]

    25. Love Hillerman's Navajo Mysteries. They are very consistent and evoke a place and a people which many of the best mystery series do. This one introduced Jim Chee as the primary detective. He is smart and observant like Leaphorn before him. This novel also followed the antagonist across several chapters which reminded me of several novels that switch perspective between the two forces that are heading for a collision. Forsyth's Day of the Jackal is my most vivid use of this style, but it's incred [...]

    26. Tony Hillerman's "People of Darkness" is the 4th of his "Leaphorn & Chee" novels and the first one featuring Jim Chee (Joe Leaphorn only makes an appearance as the originator of a telephone message). I've got to say that I'm really enjoying this series. Hillerman's writing is of a comfortable style that's very nice to read. His descriptions, his characters, and his relating of the American Indian culture are all very well done. Best of all, Hillerman makes sure the bad guys get what's coming [...]

    27. Jim Chee, Navajo Tribal Policeman, investigates the bombing of a cancer patient that is intermingled with greed, uranium mining, and a peyote cult whose fetish is the mole. Hillerman gives a dusty shine to the barren Four Corners region that does the landscape justice. His descriptions obviously come from a place of great knowledge and respect for this area that, from the ground and sky, can seem isolated and forgotten. The character Jim Chee is on the verge of making a big career decision in hi [...]

    28. Notes for me:Wow! Such a leap in storytelling ability from the last book of his I read to this one. So much richer in detail and character development than the last one. Chee is pulled into investigating a missing box that leads to an oil well explosion 50 years earlier and the deaths of the crew who missed that untimely death only to fall victim to a slower more insidious one. I liked being able to go along with Chee in his deductions to try and solve the mystery. Had a couple of things figured [...]

    29. I am trying to reread Tony Hillerman's Navaho mystery novels in roughly the order they were written. This one involves Jim Chee and is good. In the book Jim meets Mary Landon, his first love interest and solves a White man's crime whose roots go back 30 years. The title is from a Peote church and its associated Navaho group that took the mole as their totem. All the members of the original group died of cancer as the moles were carved of high grade pitchblende and worn against the skin. The unkn [...]

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