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Synopsis: They very plague that decimated Europe in the fourteenth century lurks today in the high, dry land of the American Southwest. But Navajo Tribal policeman Jim Chee and his mentor, Joe Leaphorn, discover an even deadlier killer stalking the reservation in the most chilling and beautifully crafted novel yet from the beloved and bestselling master of Southwestern suspense.
When Acting Lt. Chee catches a Hopi eagle poacher literally red-handed--huddled over the bloody body of a young Navajo Tribal police officer--he has an open-and-shut case. Even the Feds--usually at odds with Chee'agree, and it seems the Hopi is headed for the gas chamber. Until Joe Leaphorn shows up to blow Chee's case wide open.
Leaphorn, now retired form the Navajo Tribal Police, has been hired to find Cathy Pollard, a hot-headed biologist who disappeared from the same remote area on the same day the Navajo cop was murdered. Is she a suspect? A victim? And what are Chee and Leaphorn to make of the report that a skinwalker--a Navajo witch--was seen in the same area at the same time?
To answer these questions, Leaphorn and Chee must immerse themselves in the enigmatic web of scientists hunting the key to the most virulent form of bubonic plague since the Middle Ages.
In addition to its finely wrought plot, The First Eagle offers a wealth of Tony Hillerman's signature gifts--glorious evocations of the high desert, delicately drawn characters, and eloquent insights into the foibles and wisdom of the Southwest's native people.
Review: It seems like July 8 is going to be a bad day for Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee. He's got a stack of overdue paperwork on his desk. Anderson Nez has died of plague, but the circumstances around the death are murky. His ex-fiancée, Janet Pete, is returning from Washington, D.C., and Chee doesn't know what to think about her last letter. (Will they be getting married this time?) And Officer Benny Kinsman's unwanted advances have enraged Catherine Pollard (among others), one of the scientists studying this newest outbreak of the black death. Now, the hot-headed Kinsman's gone off to nab a Hopi man who's poaching eagles. When Chee is called to back Kinsman up at Yells Back Butte, the bad day turns worse. He finds the young Hopi, Robert Jano, standing over Benny's mortally wounded body. Jano insists that he did not kill the police officer. Add to all this Joe Leaphorn's separate investigation, also involving July 8. Joe's got a new role as consulting detective to the wealthy--investigating the July 8 disappearance at Yells Back Butte of the same Catherine Pollard who was dogged by Kinsman.
This one bad day and the ensuing days of investigation bring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee together once again as they uncover the secret of Yells Back Butte, plague fleas, and skinwalkers. As usual, Hilllerman's ear for dialogue is remarkable. One does not read Leaphorn and Chee's words and thoughts as much as hear them. While the book invites new readers (little knowledge of the previous books in the series is presumed), one has the sense of entering an old neighborhood where friends and relations are established and emotions run deep. Jim Chee's pain is vivid as he struggles under the shadow of Leaphorn and questions the "rusty trailer" lifestyle that has driven him apart from Janet. Nothing is contrived in his mixture of fear and elation when he and Janet meet again.
Hillerman has written an engaging novel that once again evokes the land and people of the Southwest while also confronting the cultural separateness of the region from the power centers of the East. Already honored for his previous work (Dance Hall of the Dead received the Edgar), The First Eagle is a welcome addition to the beloved Chee-Leaphorn series that began in 1971 with The Blessing Way. --Patrick O'Kelley
Title: The First Eagle
Publication Date: 1998
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Book Description HarperCollins, New York, 1998. Hard Cover. Condition: As New. First Edition. First edition. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on bookplate tipped to half-title. As new condition, appears unread. Fine in a fine dustjacket with protective mylar cover. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 11915
Book Description Harpercollins, New York, N Y, 1998. Hard Copy. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. First Edition. Very nice new unread copy with sharp off-white boards and bold bright metallic blue lettering on the black spine and decor on the front board. Very nice clean and tight page block. Minute crease bottom of page 109 and 110. Unclipped pictorial Dust Jacket also very sharp and bright. DJ in mint condition. DJ in mylar. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Very nice sharp collectable copy. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 002704
Book Description Harpercollins, New York, N Y, 1998. Hard Copy. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition 3rd Printing. Very nice First Edition copy with sharp gray boards and bright metallic blue lettering on the black spine and decor on the front board. Very nice clean page block with rough cut front. Unclipped pictorial Dust Jacket also very sharp and bright. DJ in mylar. SIGNED by the author on the full title page. Very sharp collectable copy for a Tony Hillerman collector. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 003764
Book Description HarperCollins, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. We heard Hillerman lecture and were fortunate to meet him when he signed this book at UNCW in Wilmington, NC. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002932
Book Description HarperCollins, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Condition: Fine(As New). Dust Jacket Condition: Fine(As NEW). First Ed -First Printing. The book is unread. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 001135
Book Description Harper, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Signed by Author(s) 0060175818 First Print. Signed in person by the author directly on the FULL title page NOT inscribed, clipped or otherwise marked. Seller Inventory # ABE-1216147725
Book Description HarperCollins, New York, 1998. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Edition, First Printing (First Edition stated w/complete number line); SIGNED by Hillerman on half-title page; 8vo, gray paper boards/black paper spine; vg (cocked; spine ends lightly bumped) in vg+ dj (light bumping and wear to edges at corners and spine ends); 278pp. Signed. Seller Inventory # 15298
Book Description Harpercollins, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition; Fourth Printing. International orders may require additional postage. ; Signed by Tony Hillerman on the title page. ; Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 27117
Book Description HarperCollins, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Signed, First Edition, First Printing. SIGNED, FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (stated, complete number line to 1) New York, HarperCollins 1998. Author's Signature directly on the Title Page, no inscription. Dust Jacket Bright, Clean, no wear, no tears, not faded, not price clipped ($25.00), protected in Brodart cover. Photos are of this copy. Binding Tight and Square. Text Clean, no owner's marks. Not ex-library. Not book club. Books are Carefully Packed and Shipped Daily with USPS Tracking from Dry, Smoke-Free shop. Complete Satisfaction Guaranteed. Seller Inventory # 1530 HIL027
Book Description Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition. SIGNED. 278pp. Octavo [24 cm] 1/4 black paper with light gray paper covered boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the half title page. Tony Hillerman has been the recipient of the Edgar and Grand Master awards. Seller Inventory # 24066