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Author: Tony Hillerman
ISBN13: 978-0061099151
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Publisher: HarperTorch (February 4, 1991)

People of Darkness (Jim Chee Novels) by Tony Hillerman

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Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere.

An assassin waits for Officer Jim Chee in the desert to protect a vision of death that for thirty years has been fed by greed and washed by.

People of Darkness is the fourth crime fiction novel in the Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee Navajo Tribal Police series by author Tony Hillerman, first published in 1980. This is the first novel in the series to feature Officer Jim Chee. The story is set in New Mexico, where Jim Chee takes a position at the Crownpoint, NM office of the Navajo Tribal Police. New crimes center around a very wealthy white man and several Navajos he befriended nearly 30 years earlier, helping them support their church.

Author: Hillerman Tony. Leaphorn & Chee 05 - People Of Darkness. Darkness 06 Out of the Darkness. Defeat the Darkness (Paladins of Darkness). Darkness Leaphorn & Chee 05 - People Of Darkness.

I love Tony Hillerman's novels! They easily suck you in, but they never leave you feeling like you've read something pointless (like a number of popular mysteries I've read). I recommend reading these books with pictures of the southwestern landscape - it really brings things to life. 5/15 Finished People of Darkness and enjoyed it. Hillerman's books are sometimes slow to start but pick up well. 7/14 Finished all three, and although I enjoyed them I think I like the mysteries with Leaphorn in them better.

1990 : USA Audio Cassette.

Who would murder a dying man? Why would someone steal a box of rocks? And why would a rich man's wife pay $3,000 to get them back? These questions haunt Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police as he journeys into the scorching Southwest. But there, out in the Bad Country, a lone assassin waits for Chee to come seeking answers, waits ready and willing to protect a vision of death that for thirty years has been fed by greed and washed in blood.

Reviews: 7
This is the fourth Leaphorn and Chee novel Tony Hillerman penned. The first three, The Blessing Way(#1), Dance Hall of the Dead(#2), and Listening Woman(#3), were Leaphorn stand alones and this, the forth, People of Darkness, introduces Jim Chee in the first of three stand alone roles without Joe Leaphorn involved. Leaphorn will not show again until the seventh book, Skinwalkers, where Chee and Leaphorn team up for the first time taking their place besides Holmes/Watson and Batman/Robin as a classic crime fighting duo.
Jim is having a stressful week, he's investigating a homicide when he meets an interesting white chick who accompanies him as the bodies pile up and a hitman tries to add the two of them to the list. Fast paced with plenty of Navajo lore, greedy white men, witches, corrupt cops, dumb FBI agents and beautiful scenery serving up a full helping of Hillerman's own brand of magic. First released in 1980 it has stood the test of time and is one I will continue to reread every few years. Tony died in 2006 at 83 years of age but he lives on, thank you, Mr. Hillerman.
Six Navajos are blown to bit at an oil-drilling site... A crazy Navajo starts a peyote church based on visions... A rich man's box of keepsakes is stolen. A pick-up is blown up in a hospital parking lot...

And Jimmy Chee of the Navajo tribal police has to figure out how all these events connect.

Chee has been accepted for training by the FBI. But he's also studying with his uncle to be a Singer of healing chants. As the confusing case of the stolen box turns into a homicide investigation, and Chee pursues all sorts of outré leads, he's also pondering the choice he'll have to make sometime soon between the white man's world and the Navajo way.

Chee does some brilliant police work in this book. And has to deal with an eccentric gourmet hit man. He doesn't need to join the FBI to see plenty of action!

In this book the Navajo tradition of keeping one's real name secret gets lots of play. A pretty young white woman who interests Chee keeps trying to wheedle his secret name out of him. I'll be curious to see if this romantic friendship develops in future books.

Witchcraft also figures in the plot. The Navajo concept of witchcraft as an explanation for evil is quite fascinating.

I'm reading Hillerman's Native American mysteries in order, although I'm not sure the order matters. I've loved every book in the series so far.
We are reading our way, chronologically, through the Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn books, really enjoying Tony Hillerman's masterful character development of his continuing characters. We also really love the insights into Navajo (and other surrounding nations') mythology and culture! However, PEOPLE OF DARKNESS was definitely not among the best of Hillerman's stories. References to mythology seemed more "tacked on" to the story, rather than the intrinsic importance we've seen in the other books. Plot-wise, it seemed a bit clumsy, and we had the actual villain figured out much sooner than we usually do. The ending left several characters' issues unresolved, and was a disappointment. Generally, I remain a Tony Hillerman fan, and will certainly continue with my read-through.... but I'm glad I didn't buy this one in hardback format to add to my permanent collection--it's not one I"ll come back to in 10 years to read again.
I had thought I had read and re-read all (and I mean ALL) of Hillerman's novels until I chanced on this one. It had been my opinion that Wailing Wind was the absolute best of the series; however, I must slightly revise my list. People of Darkness is fantastic and very suspenseful -- Chee at his best. While I had arrived at the identity of the main bad guy about mid-novel, I was not sure how the story would proceed. It just kept building and building to the climax and the climax is pure Hillerman. While the Navajo may not remember Mr. Hillerman as we do, I must believe that he is keeping the Great Spirit hughly entertained.
Beautifully written, very knowledgable about Navajo culture and history, a wonderful series of books. A series of detective stories, detective/ mystery stories set in the huge Navajo reservation, about two Navajo policemen. Read them in order.
The title refers to the members of an underground Native American Church peyote cult whose totem is the mole, "the predator of the nadir." The mystery involves the attempted murder of a dying man, the disappearance of his corpse from the hospital morgue, a uranium mine, a fatal oil-well explosion 30 years earlier, and the theft of a keepsake box filled mostly with black rocks. This novel has the distinction of featuring the scariest, most chilling villain of the series: an emotionless, psychopathic, methodical killer for hire who leaves nothing to chance. The suspense builds as the point of view alternates between the killer's and Navajo policeman Jim Chee's. "People of Darkness" is one of the best in a literate and very entertaining Southwestern series. For other well-written American Indian-related mysteries, try James D. Doss' Shaman series and Margaret Coel's Arapaho series.
I love all of Tony Hillerman's books about Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, two Navajo police officers. The characters are fascinating, the beautiful landscape is a part of the story, not to mention Navajo culture. Challenging mysteries, love the plots and all of the characters are interesting.
Interestingly, Chee is presented as having more confidence than in later stories. This is an engaging and cogent first appearance.