Fans of the late Tony Hillerman are welcoming the continuation of his Navajo cop characters Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee in “Spider Woman's Daughter.” It is written by Tony's own daughter Anne Hillerman. She asked why there isn't more of the female Navajo cop Bernadette Manualito who worked under Jim Chee then later married him. “Daughter” brings back the popular Chee & Leaphorn characters, but focuses more on Bernadette (Bernie).
According to Harper Collins the synopsis of “Spider Woman's Daughter” is right here - “Navajo Nation police officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman.
“Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter.”
“Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.”
“Spider Woman's Daughter” has been on sale since Oct. 1, 2013. Below are some of the 'Amazon' comments by fans of Tony & now Anne Hillerman.
J. R. Hobus / Oct. 1, 2013. - “I'm always nervous when another author takes over writing a favorite series, especially one as long-running as Chee and Leaphorn. I had nothing to fear this time. Ms. Hillerman has done a masterful job of extending her father's series. Her writing is well-crafted, and her ear for the dialogue of our favorite characters is true. The plot's echoes of prior adventures has twists and turns that kept me reading straight through until the end without a break.”
W. Mackela / Oct. 1, 2013 - “Anne Hillerman has done a great job continuing the series, while making it her own. She has allowed Jim Chee's wife, Bernadette, to tell the story. This gets the reader to accept the slight differences in writing style as a logical extension of the change in point of view. Everything feels so right and comfortable. My heart leaps with joy to have this series returned to me! I want to thanks Ms. Hillerman for bringing the Navajo Nation's finest back into my life.”
James M. Morris / Oct. 1, 2013 - “In tone, style, and plot, Anne Hillerman has given all Tony Hillerman fans a gift. The book picks up in a most imaginative fashion the trail that went cold with Hillerman's passing. If you loved that Hillerman, you'll love this Hillerman.”