Books We Love: Song Of The Lion


Song of the Lion (A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel) is written by Anne Hillerman (Harper).

A car bomb explodes on a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico and a man is killed in the blast.  Tribal police officers and husband and wife, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito are tasked with investigating the violent crime and identifying the murderer before he takes another life.  With the help of esteemed FBI agent Joe Leaphorn, the authorities learn the motive for the bombing is much more sinister and far reaching than first believed. 

Fans of award-winning, mystery writer Anne Hillerman’s work will recognize the beloved trio of law enforcement agents at the heart of her book Song of the Lion.  Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito were the leading characters of her first, two bestselling novels Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings.  Anne’s writing style is comfortable and a pleasure to read; not unlike her father Tony Hillerman’s writing who created the Leaphorn and Chee detective series in 1970. 

Song of the Lion is a finely plotted thriller, riveting and irresistible.  Officer Bernadette Manuelito is a strong, female protagonist and readers will root for her to succeed.  The story is rich with details of American Indian culture and customs providing insight and substance to the exciting tale of revenge.

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