Monday, August 11, 2008

The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman brings out his franchise characters, Navajo officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, to spin an interesting and readable story on drug smugglers operating through a derelict oil pipeline from Mexico to Southern New Mexico.

The Sinister Pig was a light read, perfect for the beach or the airplane, and it contains plenty of what draws me to Hillerman stories: his evocations of the American southwest and the Navajo peoples who live there. However, Hillerman has written better books. Coyote Waits and A Thief of Time are titles that I'd recommend long before this one. Nevertheless, this was still a diverting story, and there's a place in everyone's summer reading list for an easy-to-read book that you can blast through in a couple of days.

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