Coyote Waits

Coyote Waits The bestselling author of Skinwalker and Talking God and former president of the Mystery Writers of America Tony Hillerman returns with another spellbinding mystery featuring the popular Jim Chee an

  • Title: Coyote Waits
  • Author: Tony Hillerman
  • ISBN: 9780060163709
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The bestselling author of Skinwalker and Talking God, and former president of the Mystery Writers of America, Tony Hillerman returns with another spellbinding mystery featuring the popular Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn The two detectives must unravel the complex clues in the gruesome murder of an Apache County sheriff.

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    • 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.



    701 thoughts on “Coyote Waits

    • He knew the motive. Whiskey. Water of Darkness The savagery of whiskey erased the need for a motive. No Navajo policeman - or any policeman - had to relearn that message. Death slept in the bottle, only waiting to be released, and every policeman knew it.This was an excellent entry in Hillerman's Navajo Mystery series.Jim Chee is going to meet his fellow officer for coffee. But Nez sees a vandal they have been trying to get a hold of for quite some time and takes off after him.When after drinkin [...]


    • I have been reading Tony Hillerman's books for about 30 years. Now, with the help of , I am reading all the ones that I missed. This book starts with Navajo Policeman Jim Chee finding the dead body of fellow Navajo Policeman Delbert Nez, shot dead and inside his burning patrol car. Officer Chee gets badly burned pulling Nez out of the burning car. Chee feels guilty that he wasn't there when Nez was killed and even though he is on sick leave recovering from his burns, he sets out to find out what [...]


    • Thinly plotted and less interesting than A Thief of Time but still worth a read for fans of Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and Lt. Joe Leaphorn. Hillerman's descriptions of the Southwest Border Country make me want to 'Go West, old lady! Go West!'. On the vast rolling prairie that lead away from the highway toward the black shape of Ship Rock every clump of sagebrush, every juniper, every snakeweed, every hummock of bunch grass cast it's long blue shadow--an infinity of lines of darkness undulat [...]


    • I know the names of the booksin Jim Chee's trailerfor yei's sakeI had coffee for breakfast this morningWaffles for dinner last nightLunch of corn meal boiledthen top brownedwith roasted kidney beansand finished with butternut squash soupand that was justto get into the moodAfter yesterday's readingA Thief of Timeup near Grand Gulch Utahleading down to the San Juan Riverbetween Mexican Hat and Bluffreminiscing about my drives and hikesinto the 25,000 square mile Navajo Big Rezand nearbyAll that's [...]


    • As I stated before, this is my second installment of the Jim Chee series, and I have come away with the same mixed feelings I had on the first go-around. While I found the Navajo lore to be very interesting and informative, and Mr. Hillerman's characters are very well-developed and entertaining, my disappointments lie in the mysteries these tales are based around. The mystery seems to take a backseat to the lives and setting of the characters involved. I would prefer a bit more intrigue in the w [...]


    • If you love mysteries set in the Southwest, you'll enjoy the great Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mysteries series. We're introduced to Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and FBI agent Joe Leaphorn. These two men are embarked on the same wild case of a death of a Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, which is nothing what it seemed to be. From breath-taking Arizonan landscape to majestic New Mexican scenery, he painted a picturesque scene with various and eclectic characters. He takes us on a wild ride on this mys [...]


    • An enjoyable book of mystery with likable and complex characters. I like the setting and landscapes of the Four Corners area with trips to Albuquerque. The landscapes, Navajo legends and Butch Cassidy lore make this an intriguing read. Most of the book was so engaging that I can forgive the somewhat weak ending.


    • I'm sure I've read this one, but here it was on the shelf at our 100-year-old home rental in Maine. It's Leaphorn after his wife's death and he meets Louisa who becomes a romantic interest in subsequent books, as I recall.Also Jim Chee in the aftermath of his Minnesota white love going back home and Janet Pete returning from DC. He badly burns his hands trying to rescue a murdered Navajo police from a burning car.The plot is interesting as usual and a very quick read with the usual Navajo lore i [...]


    • The best of many worlds: a subtle murder mystery set on a Navajo reservation and the barren landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona. It made me want to travel to the Southwest again and to revisit the pueblos and reservations I went to. Very much reminded of the ways in which the richness and complexity of many Native American cultures clash or interact with American life and politics. But also: just a great book (aka stayed up late to finish it)!


    • This feels like one of the earlier Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn books. They aren’t even friends per se in this book; but they learn to work together, and I suspect this is the beginning of the friendship that eventually fully comes to fruition. I was surprised to learn that this was the 10th book in which the two appear together. Navajo Nation Officer Delbert Nez has been tracking a criminal, and he at last seems to have the guy. He is thrilled about that, and those listening to the tribal police [...]


    • I love every Leaphorn and/or Chee novel that Hillerman has written.However, as I have noted elsewhere, in the latter half of the series, the very annoying anthropologist, Louisa Bourbonette, makes her way onto the scene and ingratiates herself into Leaphorn's investigation with a degree of entitlement that always has rubbed me the wrong way. Of course, it's no good blaming Leaphorn; I blame Hillerman. I wrote him a letter to this effect at one point but it did absolutely no good.However, now I d [...]


    • The best Leaphorn/Chee book in some time. The plot was strong and a bit deeper than some of the previous installments in the series I feel. Very unexpected ending (at least for me). But the ending was satisfying. No weird killings of children. Ties properly into the theme and title of the book. The ending made sense in the plot. Leaphorn is not so gloomy in this book, which helps. By Sacred Clowns I think he is fully out of his malaise.


    • Hillerman had a very good grasp on his primary characters by this point. Chee and Leaphorn both do not give up once they have a grip on something, they just approach it from different POV and methods. If memory serves, this is also the first time the two actually work together, so this is also a great jumping on point for readers new to HillermanAD IT!


    • I read this many years ago, when it first came out in 1990, and have just re-read it, as I am reading a series of other southwestern-themed mysteries and I wanted to see if Hillerman’s stories held up against both time and the newer stories. The answer is yes, it did – it held up well against both.I still enjoyed it very much, even after 20-plus years. I had remembered some of it, but not all, so some of it felt new again. And although the Internet, DNA and smart phones have taken over our l [...]


    • Coyote Waits by Tony Hillerman (Four Stars)Hillerman does this one up pretty well in a long winded tribute to the cunning, evil and almost man attributes of Coyote who, “ always waits outside and is always hungry.”The tale telling is well scripted in the part where old Pinto tells his tales of the Witches’ lair outside of the Ship Rock section of the reservation. The tale pulls together well, showing how Coyote lays for even the most innocent of us through taking our own avarices to the ex [...]


    • I like this little markets where people sell about anything secondhand, I have bought some great stuff including secondhand Hardcover books for next to nothing. It also the placeto acquire books your would not have bought in you usual state of mind. Which deleivers the odd surprise now and then especially when it comes to sleuthing of the ethnic variety.This is a book from a series about policing in the Native American reservation by the inhabitants themselves, the general white person in this b [...]


    • In Coyote Waits, Jim Chee makes a mistake on duty and a friend of his, another police officer, ends up murdered. Chee believes that he has caught the perpetrator of the crime, an act that is the best he can do to atone for his error, but things also don’t seem quite right. Why would a kind old man, a shaman, kill a police officer in the middle of nowhere. So, Chee, and eventually Joe Leaphorn, end up on the case, trying to unravel the mysteries of the night.Coyote Waits, to me, is a good, but [...]


    • As a reader whose interest is in the literature of the American West, rather than mystery writing, I had to be encouraged to read Tony Hillerman. And it was a happy discovery when I read "Coyote Waits." With his cast of Navajo characters, including law officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, the author introduces readers to the world of the modern-day reservation and the surviving Navajo culture in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona.The coyote of the title, from Navajo mythology, repres [...]


    • Hillerman's Coyote Waits begins on the Navajo Reservation, which is approximately the size of West Virginia. Hillerman's stock detectives are Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, and in the beginning they tend to believe the FBI report that Ashie Pinto, a stereotype of the drunken Native American, killed Chee's buddy and fellow Tribal Officer Delbert Nez. Pinto is on the scene with the murder weapon and he's inebriated. He refuses to talk to authorities.As Chee examines the crime more he doubts Pinto is t [...]


    • In Navajo culture, the coyote is not loved. It is associated with evil and ultimately brings bad luck. Jim Chee waits for his friend, Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, to join him for coffee. However Nez, in trying to apprehend vandals is murdered, his car torched. A drunk old man, Ashley Pinto, is near the scene carrying the murder weapon. Open and shut. Not really, Pinto, in his inebriety, refuses to speak, at least coherently. Nevertheless, Chee arrests him. Janet Peete, once the object of [...]


    • In high school I was basically obsessed with Tony Hillerman books. Not really sure why, but I was. I tried to read all of his books in my school's library. The only thing I didn't like what I couldn't really figure out the order of the books, and so I read them out of order. These books are great. They are from a point of view from a cop who is caught between two words: Navajo and white. He treads back and forth between those lines, trying to find a balance while solving murders. Tony Hillerman [...]


    • Coyote Waits 03242007 Tony HillermanJim Chee sits drinking coffee while partner Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez meets his demise. Chee catches the obvious perpetrator. A Navaho shaman, with a bottle in one hand and THE gun in his belt. Case closed.Because of his guilt at not backing up his partner and at the insistence of Chee's on again and off again relationship with the defending attorney, Janet Pete, Chee must find out for him self what happened and if he may have made a mistake. Because of a r [...]


    • I first became acquainted with Tony Hillerman novels over 20 years ago when I attended a book discussion course on mysteries at the public library. I don't remember which Hillerman novel I read for that course, but afterward I read and enjoyed a number of his mysteries, this one included.This weekend we listened to Coyote Waits in the car while traveling to South Dakota for a wedding. Interestingly, it was read by the author who had a great voice for this Southwestern Navajo reservation setting. [...]


    • Coyote Waits was an excellent mystery, but I thought that Chee was sometimes annoying and whiny. Since he'd been badly injured at the beginning of the book and was in pain he had a right to whine, however, that wasn't what he was complaining about. He thought, without anything to back it up, that Leaphorn thought he was a screw-up and that he was investigating the case either to backup Chee's work or to prove his point. None of that was true and, though I probably should have found that funny, i [...]


    • I really loved this book. I've read and attempted a couple other Hillermans up to this point (liked The Dark Wind; couldn't get into a couple others)--but none of them hooked me like this one so far. The setting and the atmosphere/tone were my favorite aspects, and the storyline was interesting. I should probably be ashamed, though, that since I usually don't like mysteries (read: really hate them), what kept me interested in the mystery from the beginning was the hint that the supernatural migh [...]


    • I've read a lot of Tony Hillerman books, and love that while each plot is different, the main characters are familiar to the reader. I also like that as the series (?) goes on, the various relationships between characters change: Leaphorn's wife passes away, and he and the Professor start to spend more time together. Chee grows as a police officer and Navajo man. Leaphorn and Chee begin to like each other more, and Chee goes through several relationships which, while often hard to look at (I'm n [...]


    • Recently re-read this, probably 10 years or more since I first read it, and it was still extremely enjoyable. I love the way Hillerman explains and respects the Navajos and other Native American groups, but is also able to portray their differences and conflicts. His love of the southwest is always present as well. The book has the usual lead characters, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, and several others are familiar as well -- Janet Peet in particular. Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn are suitably flawed, [...]


    • Tony Hillerman's "Coyote Waits" is one of his more emotionally gripping Leaphorn & Chee novels. We've got the wonderful Navajo setting, Navajo/White philosophical conflicts, Jim Chee temperamental/professional conflicts, nice mystery, and good resolution. What makes this story more emotional than the others is that the crime is much closer and more personal to Jim Chee than before. A gripping book. I rate it at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.Hillerman's "Leaphorn & Chee" novels are:1. The [...]


    • Although Coyote is often portrayed as am ambiguous trickster, in this novel he represents the dark and deadly forces of chaos that the police must deal with. Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez is shot while out searching for vandals that are splashing white paint on some large rock formations. The old man holding the murder weapon is a shaman named Ashie Pinto, who refuses to say a single word of confession or denial. Delbert’s good friend, Officer Jim Chee charges in to investigate. Lieutena [...]


    • This summer--in between volumes of Tristram Shandy--I read ten mysteries by Tony Hillerman, of which this is a representative example. I began reading the Hillerman books out of disappointment with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which I thought had some good characters but was poorly written. Hillerman on the other hand is a superb writer, and I loved his two Navajo detectives, as well as the Navajo concept of Hozro, which is somewhat hard to define but is a general sense of harmony with thing [...]


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