On May 6th there will be a special Friday Forgotten Book post, the theme of which is first novels. After thinking of many possibilities, I settled on Tony Hillerman’s The Blessing Way, a Joe Leaphorn novel. Though I once had all of Hillerman’s early novels in paperback, I traded them in for the omnibus volumes, the first of which (below left) collects The Blessing Way, Dance Hall of the Dead and Listening Woman, so I decided just to go ahead and read all three of them. I’m half way through Listening Woman now.
I’ve liked Hillerman’s books since I first encountered them when a friend handed me one and said I should try it because she thought I’d like it. I did, and got the rest in paperback, and continued buying them in hard cover as they were published. As the series continued, Hillerman introduced Jim Chee, another Navajo policeman, and he and Leaphorn worked together. I’ll admit to liking the Leaphorn books the best. Do you have a favorite Tony Hillerman novel?
“The sun-drenched Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is technically part of France, subject to French law and loyal to the French Republic. But in 1980, the scars of colonialism are still fresh, and ethnic tensions and political unrest seethe just below the surface of everyday life. French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud relocated to this beautiful Caribbean island confident that she could make it her new home.”
Have you read these authors? What are YOU reading?