Skeleton Man

Skeleton Man

Audiobook CD - 2004
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Tony Hillerman, hailed as "a wonderful storyteller" by the New York Times and a "national and literary cultural sensation" by the Los Angeles Times , is back with another blockbuster novel featuring the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee.Joe Leaphorn comes out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a trading post robbery. A simple-minded kid nailed for the crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim Chee who, with his fiance_, decides to help.Proving the kid's innocence requires finding the remains of one of 172 people killed in an epic airline disaster fifty years in the past. That passenger had handcuffed to his wrist an attach_ case filled with a fortune in diamonds -- one of which seems to have turned up in the robbery.But with Hillerman, it can't be that simple. The daughter of that long-dead diamond dealer is also seeking his body. So is an unpleasant fellow willing to kill to make sure she doesn't succeed. It's a race to the finish in a thunderous monsoon to see who will survive, who will be brought to justice, and who will finally unearth the Skeleton Man .Performed by George Guidall
Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2004
ISBN: 9780060579074
Branch Call Number: CDA MYS HIL
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (6 1/2 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Guidall, George


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Jan 13, 2014

The basis for this book is a true story: In 1956 two commercial airliners collided and crashed into the Grand Canyon. There were no survivors. 128 perished. "Skeleton Man" is set in the present time, but the plot plays heavy to the 1956 crash, and in particular the contents one of the male passenger's small briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. Even though the book's plot scenario right up to the ending is telegraphed early on, and the characters are a little undeveloped and stale, this is still an enjoyable story to listen to on a rainy day. Especially for those who share enthusiasm for the American South-west desert country. 6 audio CDs, well and clearly performed. Recommended.

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