Coyote Waits Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Jim Chee finds his good friend--and fellow officer--inside his burning car, he doesn't hesitate to try to save him. Save him he does. Not only is Delbert Nez unconscious, but he has been shot. And, luck of all luck, he has no trouble apprehending the assailant--a Navajo shaman comes out, with the murder weapon in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. Case closed. Or is it? The suspect refuses to speak, but the evidence is clear. But Lt. Joe Leaphorn, in true Tony Hillerman style, somehow doesn't believe the man is guilty. And thus another great mystery begins: Chee with one side of the investigation and Leaphorn on another (but both, of course, being, ultimately, on the same side!). In "Coyote Waits" Hillerman continues his mesmerizing tales from the Navajo nation and readers won't be disappointed in this one!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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