The Shape Shifter, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is back in this mystery from America's legendary crime writer Tony Hillerman.

Since his retirement from the Navajo Tribal Police, Joe Leaphorn has occasionally been enticed to return to work by his former colleagues, who seek his help in solving a particularly puzzling crime.

They ask because Leaphorn, aided by Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito, always delivers.

But this time the problem is with one of his own cases - his 'last case', unsolved, and one that continues to haunt him.

The original case involved a priceless Navajo rug that went missing.

Now, years later, Leaphorn is picking up the threads of a crime he'd thought impossible to solve. "New York Times" bestselling author, Tony Hillerman is on top form in this atmospheric and riveting novel, set amid the rugged beauty of his beloved Southwest.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780749080518



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Joe Leaphorn has retired from the Navajo Tribal Police. However he has one unsolved case that he still wants to tie-up and solve.This involves a ruthless killer who it seems can change his whole character and reappear in a new one at will,a Shape-Shifter in effect. A rare and unusual rug and two buckets of pinyon sap are also important aspects of this case.Leaphorn has to make some of the most important decisions of his life before his investigation comes to an end.As I understand it,this is the last book that Tony Hillerman wrote before he died,and he certainly went out on a high note.I have enjoyed all of his books,but none more than this one.

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Good read, as a Hillerman book always is, a crime story with Navajo culture and history interesting and deftly woven into the tale.

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