Cave of Bones (audiobook)

A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel

The Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novels, book 4

10.2 hrs • 8 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 04/03/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 04/03/18 9781538497364
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 04/03/18 9781538497371
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When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.

Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.

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“A thrilling southwestern…set in the vivid landscapes of Navajo country…A must-read for anyone who loved the great Tony Hillerman novels.”

Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A worthy continuation of Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn and Chee series. Anne ably returns to Navajo Country in a colorful mystery that is both fascinating and vividly compelling.”

David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author

“In the fourth series installment, the law enforcement talents of Hillerman’s characters shine… Hillerman’s vivid descriptions of Navajo culture and the desert landscape are top-notch; the story lines flow smoothly to a satisfying conclusion. Verdict: Fans of Hillerman’s characters will relish this Southwestern mystery and cheer Bernie’s growing confidence as a sleuth.”

Library Journal

“Accessible and relaxingly paced…Readers who enjoy the work of Anne’s father, Tony Hillerman, as well as mysteries by Nevada Barr, will welcome another outing with Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito.”


“As Hillerman continues her father’s legacy through his beloved characters, she’s gradually and gratifyingly finding her own voice.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Hillerman’s use of the harsh but beautiful landscape and details of Navajo life is as strong as ever.”

Publishers Weekly