Dance Hall of the Dead

Dance Hall of the Dead Two Native American boys have vanished into thin air leaving a pool of blood behind them Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst since the blo

  • Title: Dance Hall of the Dead
  • Author: Tony Hillerman George Guidall
  • ISBN: 9780060815110
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Two Native American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young Zuni But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicaTwo Native American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young Zuni But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig and a steel hypodermic needle And the unique laws and sacred religious rights of the Zuni people are throwing impassable roadblocks in Leaphorn s already twisted path, enabling a craven murderer to elude justice or, worse still, to kill again.Performed by George GuidallEnhanced CD CD features an interactive program which can be viewed on your computer, including a photo galary, an author QA and a 35 years of excellence timeline.

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    1. It seemed to him that a single homicide could be thought of as a unit - as something in which an act of violence contained beginning and end, cause and result. But two homicides linked by time, place, participants and, most important, motivation presented something more complex. The unit became a sequence, the dot became a line, and lines tended to extend, to lead places, to move in directions.I wasn't even going to continue with this series.The first book, The Blessing Way, was a horrible combi [...]

    2. This is the second of Tony Hillerman's celebrated books featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. Later, Leaphorn would be assisted by a younger officer, Jim Chee, but this book, which won The Edgar Award, belongs to Leaphorn alone.A young Zuni Indian boy, Ernesto Cata, disappears while training for his important role in an upcoming tribal ceremony. A large pool of blood suggests that something very bad has happened to Ernesto, and Joe Leaphorn is assigned to fine Ernesto's [...]

    3. One that I'll re-read to get the full effect. A plot that kept me guessing. Loads of detail about Hopi religion, which was very interesting. Settings out on the mesa and at deserted hogans. One of Hillerman's better books.

    4. Audiobook performed by George GuidallIt's book number two in Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn series need I say more?Good mysteries with a little Native American cultural information in the mix. I love the way Leaphorn thinks things through before acting. George Guidall does a good job on the audio. He has good pacing and I really like the way he voices Leaphorn. There were times when Guidall’s performance transported me to my childhood, listening to my grandfather (or grandmother, or aunts or u [...]

    5. December is a good time to re-read Dance Hall of the Dead, which centers around the Zuni Shalako ceremony, timed to the winter solstice. When Hillerman wrote this, his second Joe Leaphorn mystery (1973), the ceremony remained open to non-Natives, who flocked to witness it. The impressive rite was subsequently closed to outsiders, however. (From what I heard, it was because Anglo guests simply did not know how to behave.) Leaphorn, too, is something of an outsider here, negotiating the challenges [...]

    6. This mystery features Joe Leaphorn and is set in Zuni land. Joe is called to a conference of police officers because a Zuni boy has been found almost beheaded and his best friend a Navajo, George Bowlegs is missing. Leaphorn only job is to locate the Navajo boy. As he investigated he vegans to feel George is not the killer and must him before George is killed. He has the help a white girl Susan.There is much cultural information about the Zuni story of man's beginning and the Navajo beginning th [...]

    7. I read my first Tony Hillerman book back in far off Boston after a friend recommended it. His mysteries intertwine details about southwest Indian culture with the murder investigations of Navajo tribal police detective Joe Leaphorn. Now that I have moved to New Mexico, I have an even greater interest in these stories, which I am trying to read in order. This is the second book in the series. The contrast between the Zuñi and Navajo cultures is a focal point of this book. The Zuñi believe in a [...]

    8. This 1974 Edgar Best Novel winner was a re-read for me -- I've read and enjoyed all of Tony Hillerman's novels featuring Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee, alone and together. And, by the time I was 7/8 of the way through it, I had remembered the motive and the perpetrator; but Hillerman's writing maintained me in a state of suspense until the last page.In this, one of the earliest of his Navajo novels, the character of Lt. Joe Leaphorn is just beginning to be developed. We hear nothing at all [...]

    9. I love Tony Hillerman's books. He had a way of drawing you in and letting you learn about different Native American tribes all with a mystery attached to it.

    10. Back in the mid-1950's, Horace Miner wrote an article called "Body Ritual among the Nacirem," which described what Americans did in the bathroom in social scientist language. Some people found this particularly clever, and it's become quite influential in the field.One can clearly see the influence of this article in this early entry in the Leaphorn and Chee series, as Leaphorn is constantly saying he wants to understand White people.The plot concerns the murders of young Indian boys. Many think [...]

    11. This was a superb mystery, and is up there with the best I have read--it is suspenseful, engaging, informative, and rich in detail and local color. Like most of Hillerman's stuff, it is set in the Navajo country of Arizona and New Mexico. This, I believe, was his first big hit, and it won the Edgar Award.In this story, a Zuni Indian teenager is found slashed to death. He was training to be the Fire God in an upcoming religious ceremony and he was privy to secret tribal knowledge. There is eviden [...]

    12. I love the Hillerman booksHaving said that, this book fell flat for me. I felt as though Leaphorn was tied up too much in regulations and tradition and when he should have a bit more forceful - and a little less patient - he might have saved himself some immense trouble and(view spoiler)[.d a young boy's life! OMG, do I ask too much from my literary heroes? (hide spoiler)]In this one our Navajo policeman,Joe Leaphorn, must solve the murder of a young boy in order to stop the possible murder of a [...]

    13. A murder mystery, as usual on the Navajo reservation in the Chee-Leaphorn series. What makes this different was an indepth look at both Zuni and Navajo religeous rites and culture. This makes this more than a detective mystery, much more. It is very detailed and slow in a few places, but well worth the read. If you like to read about different cultures, this book is for you. There are some suspenseful moments that get you on the edge of your seat.

    14. Second book in the series and winner of the 1974 Edgar for Best Mystery, this provided a unique look at the Zuni religion and Navajo life. Leaphorn is a patient policeman and the plotting was fairly deliberate but the setting made this well worth the time. Listened to the audio version which was ably read by the always good George Guidall.

    15. Book: Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman I thought that the way Hillerman based so much of the story around the secrecy of the Zuñi religion really pushed the way one had to think when reading the book. Tony Hillerman’s, The Dance Hall of the Dead, is a very interesting telling of the murder of a Zuñi boy by the name of Ernesto Cata. It is unclear whether or not it was the boy’s best friend, George Bowlegs, who killed him. Throughout the book we are given unreliable information by th [...]

    16. My public library book discussion group picked this as part of a series on Native American mysteries. I had read it 25 years ago but didn't really remember much about it. I'm so glad I had a reason to re-read it! Yay for public libraries!Joe Leaphorn is a Navajo Tribal Policeman and is called in to help find a young Navajo boy, George Bowlegs, when George's best friend, a young Zuni boy, is killed. Having both a Zuni and a Navajo involved in a case presents all sorts of jurisdictional issues for [...]

    17. A Review of the AudiobookOriginally published in 1973.Audiobook version released in 2005 by Harper Audio.Read by George Guidall.Duration: Approximately 6 hours.UnabridgedWinner of the 1974 Edgar Award, Dance Hall of the Dead is an early entry in the Leaphorn series and is one of the best.Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police is called into a case that technically occurred on the Zuni reservation but there is a Navajo involved. Ernesto Cata, a middle school-aged Zuni boy and his friend George [...]

    18. Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo police becomes involved in the case of the disappearance and death of a young boy in this story the second of the Leaphorn series. Ernesto a young Zuñi has been chosen to impersonate the FireGod in the incoming Zuñi sacred celebrations. He has been training so that he can run, dance and participate with great strength. Pround of the fact that he has been so honored he could't help tell his friend George about it which was improper thing todo but he needed George' [...]

    19. I'm so very glad that I was introduced to the Joe Leaphorn series. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman is book 2 and is a joy to read. It's a bit like the Longmire series, but instead told from the perspective of the Native police inspector, rather than the local police chief. I like how the story was paced, I like Joe Leaphorn very much, he's calm, quiet and thoughtful. I really enjoy the information about the various Native cultures, in this book, the Zuni and Leaphorn's Navajo. I hope as [...]

    20. Leaphorn, a Navajo Police Officer, becomes involved in the disappearance of two local boys, one Navajo, one Zuni. Several law enforcement agencies begin working together –“cooperating” would be overstating things - and while Leaphorn deals with finding the boys, Hillerman brings in one of the boy's families, the local hippie commune, and the area’s anthropological dig. A fascinating sidelight to all of this is our inclusion in the way Leaphorn thinks and functions, thoughtfully, patientl [...]

    21. This is the second book in Hillerman's series set in the desert southwest of New Mexico and Arizona on or near the Navajo reservation. This book was set on the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. A very good mystery and an excellent series. I love his beautiful descriptions of the desert and the natural environment. This is my second reading of this series which is outstanding. Highly recommended. Five (5) stars.

    22. This is a good read and not very long. I like reading these Hillerman books because your not just reading a mystery, your are picking up some insights into other cultures.

    23. I listened to this while driving from Central Oregon to Seattle, WA. The mystery was satisfying with enough twists to keep it interesting. What I enjoy more than anything in the Hillerman books is the look into Navajo culture. In this particular book, there was a look into the Navajo uneasy (and sometimes, downright hostile) relationship with the Zuni people. (4 Stars for the look into these cultures)

    24. 4 StarsDance Hall of the Dead certainly improved upon its predecessor, The Blessing Way. Hillerman seemed to have a better idea of where the series would go and was able to continue to develop the characters. The mystery itself was still straightforward. These aren't Agatha Christie books, but they are still very engaging. What I love about the series is how Hillerman brought the setting to life. Dance Hall of the Dead not only explores Navajo culture but also Zuñi culture. People have a bad ha [...]

    25. About a year after hearing my first Hillerman novel audiobook, I was reading a hardback copy of Hillerman's later story of Detective Joe Leaphorn, The Shape Shifter. At that time I found more of the Hillerman audiobooks in another library branch. Finding four Hillerman audio novels there, I began to explore further Hillerman's re-creation of the cultural context of Navajo, Zuni and Apache in these mysteries.Most of Hillerman's audiobooks are narrated by the skilled dramatic voice of George Guida [...]

    26. The only reason why I borrowed this from the library in the first place, was that in the last two years I've grown an interest in US states and their unique features, but also in the history and religions of indigenous peoples (actually, I should be writing an essay about Australian Aborigines right now, but oh well). Combining New Mexican Navajo culture with murder mystery seemed too interesting to miss, although my bag was already about to throw up on the street.The symbols on the covers of th [...]

    27. Navajo Tribal Policeman Lt. Joe Leaphorn investigates the bloody disappearance of a Zuñi boy mixed in with the events at an archaeological dig and a hippie commune.The character of Joe Leaphorn is calm and likable. I enjoy reading stories told through his personality. He is highly observant, especially when it comes to cultural differences between Navajo and white men. In this book, the Zuñi culture is introduced, presenting an amazing set of vocabulary, folklore, and custom. A boy, Ernesto, i [...]

    28. Tony Hillerman's Navajo mysteries are a wonderful change of pace for any reader. The reader will pick up Native American lore, some tips on tracking, and learn about Native American etiquette. All of this with a pretty interesting mystery. I was disappointed that I figured out who the murderer was early on in the story, but for the wrong reasons. There were some tempting red herrings, but I locked in on the bad guy. Sadly, I was disappointed in the final resolution It was sort of like a small me [...]

    29. Tony Hillerman's "Dance Hall of the Dead" is a very well done book. The writing is really well done, Joe Leaphorn has been nicely fleshed out from the first book, and the dichotomy in world views he's presenting is darn interesting. About the only thing I can ding is that the mystery is fairly obvious from pretty near the beginning. But, still, it's a very well done, enjoyable book. I rate it at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.Hillerman's "Leaphorn & Chee" novels are:1. The Blessing Way2. Dance [...]

    30. This was a real step down from Hillerman's first book, The Blessing Way. I knew why the murder was done as soon as a particular incident was described and, therefore, who the culprit was upon first meeting. I kept reading because I enjoyed the environment and description of the Zuni through Joe Leaphorn's eyes. In particular, I enjoyed his conversation with the local priest where the conversation turned into a working comparison of Navaho, Zuni, and Catholic beliefs about the after life and one' [...]

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