Coyote Waits

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Coyote Waits
First edition cover (Harper & Row)
Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn Navajo Tribal Police Series
Author Tony Hillerman
Cover artist Ernest Franklin[1]
Country United States
Language English
Genre Detective
Published 1990 - present
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)
Preceded by Talking God (1989)
Followed by Sacred Clowns (1993)

Coyote Waits is a crime fiction novel by author Tony Hillerman published in 1990. It features the characters Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, and is the tenth book in the series featuring the Navajo Tribal Police and set in the American southwest.

It was adapted for television by PBS in 2003.

Plot summary[edit]

The plot of the novel focuses on the vandalism of rock formations, the circumstances of the death of a policeman, an elderly Navajo accused of his murder, a bottle of expensive scotch liquor, and a book on Navajo witchcraft beliefs.


  • Joe Leaphorn: Lieutenant of the Navajo Tribal Police
  • Jim Chee: officer in the Navajo Tribal Police
  • Janet Peete: attorney


The novel was adapted for television in November 2003 and was directed by Jan Egleson. It aired as part of PBS's Mystery! series. The film starred starred Adam Beach as Chee and Wes Studi as Leaphorn. It also featured Jimmy Herman, Alex Rice, Graham Greene, Sheila Tousey, Keith Carradine and Gary Farmer. The filming locations were in New Mexico.


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