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Spider Woman's Daughter

af Anne Hillerman

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"Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth-- and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course" -- from publisher's web page.… (mere)
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Very good first book in continuing Tony Hillerman's much loved series. Appreciated that she lifted up the character of Bernie Manualito (Jim Chee's wife) to add a twist and female presence in the lineup of police investigating crimes. Her plotting of the crime, while not as elegant as her father's efforts, was interesting -- a continuation of his earlier book A Thief of Time. Will definitely read more to see how she continues the series. ( )
  FYreads | Nov 29, 2020 |
As a first novel, especially being a mystery, Anne Hillerman's Spider Woman's Daughter is nothing to sneeze at. It's good. It's good enough that I regretted having to put it down when it was time to go bed and looked forward to picking it back up when I got home from work. I read it in only two sittings.

I really like the fact that the story is told primarily from the perspective of Bernadette Manualito. It's a welcome twist to Tony Hillerman's fictional legacy.

But this novel isn't any better than good. It's certainly not great. The pacing isn't quite right and there are some glaring narrative glitches - obvious connections that go unmade by the characters for too long, at least one occasion where a character knows something they have no way of knowing. The dialog is a bit ham-handed, especially when Bernie and Chee exchange affections.

Let's be honest, though - this novel isn't going to be judged based on its own merits. Ms. Hillerman's first attempt at fiction is going to be judged in comparison to her father's work...

And it definitely doesn't measure up.

Her characters feel generic, more like character exercises than actual people. In her father's hands, they were always very real, fully believable individuals.

I recall that her father's writing had a smoothness to it, a grace and an ease. Her writing, while not clunky in the least, is still noticeably less polished than his.

What bothered me the most, though, is the way she handles Navajo culture. Her father had a way of explaining Navajo culture and customs to the reader without ever making us feel lectured at, without breaking the narrative with obvious exposition.

Every time his daughter deals with some aspect of Navajo culture, the exposition is obvious and heavy-handed. It always feels separate from the story. Also, she only rehashes Navajo customs that her father explained a long time ago - Navajo Culture 101, all stuff that Hillerman fans already know. Not a whole lot of point to it.

To put it another way - it's similar to the difference between hearing an anthropologist describe Navajo culture... and hearing Navajo tell their stories.

For her father, Navajo culture was something necessary to the characters and the story - it was only secondarily an interesting cultural milieu. In his daughter's work, cultural milieu is pretty much all it is. There's little in this story that feels like it needs to be Navajo. Even when the characters behave in explicitly Navajo ways, it's always in situations outside of the main plot, it's rarely anything that actively moves the central story forward. With nothing more than minor tweaks, this whole mystery and conflict could be transposed to any other culture and work just as well. So, again - not a lot of point to it.

In the end, Spider Woman's Daughter is good. But Ms. Hillerman needs to find her own voice and let her father's creations go. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
Most readers here are familiar with the backstory in Tony Hillerman's books. I'm the exception, not having read those - so, good job, bridging the gap between known characters and new ones. Great opening, too - that's why I kept reading.

But another 15 - 20% of the book could have been edited out. Too much of the mother and sister side plot, too many red-herring characters, too much of an imbalance between super-tough female cop and loving/supportive-but-subservient husband (please find another way to portray a viable marriage dynamic).

I see that this is Anne Hillerman's debut novel, and it's a good first step. ( )
  MLHart | May 22, 2020 |
I'm glad Anne picked up the series for her dad. There are too many great stories left to tell and Chee and Bernie have a great future ahead of them. Anne gives a deeper sense of character than her father but I miss the detailed landscape and cultural references that Tony used. Still a great book though. ( )
  pmtracy | Dec 17, 2019 |
Not as compelling a read, and I felt like the mystery was not very mysterious. I did enjoy the cultural references. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
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"Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth-- and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course" -- from publisher's web page.

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