The Shape Shifter

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The Shape Shifter
1st edition
Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn Navajo Tribal Police Series
Author Tony Hillerman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Detective
Publisher HarperCollins
Published 2006
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)
Preceded by Skeleton Man, 2004
Followed by Spider Woman's Daughter, written by Anne Hillerman, 2013

The Shape Shifter is eighteenth in the Chee/Leaphorn Navajo Tribal Police series of crime fiction novels by Tony Hillerman. A New York Times best-seller[1] and the last Chee/Leaphorn novel before Hillerman's death on October 26, 2008.[2]


  • Joe Leaphorn, widowed, retired from the Navaho Tribal Police
  • Jim Chee, sergeant in the Navajo Tribal Police and recently married
  • Bernadette Manuelito, former Navajo Tribal Police officer and now wife of Jim Chee
  • Cowboy Dashee, Bureau of Land Management security officer
  • Captain Largo, Chee's superior officer
  • Professor Louisa Bourbonnette, Leaphorn's friend, a professor researching the origin stories of the tribes of the area who uses Leaphorn's spare room as her base when conducting interviews
  • Jason Delos, Antagonist of the story
  • Sansei Rob, Antagonist of the story


Marilyn Stasio finds that Like all the great storytellers, from Homer on down, Tony Hillerman knows that every dark and twisted tale of murder can be traced back to its mythic origins. ... Hillerman’s lyrical novel is as much about recovering these lost legends — and the existential purpose they offer an aging hero in recoil from “the retirement world” — as it is about bringing a criminal to justice. So there’s real poignancy in Leaphorn’s efforts to track down an antique rug woven to commemorate “all the dying, humiliation and misery” on the Navajo nation’s “Long Walk” home from an Army concentration camp in the 1860s.[3]

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  1. ^ New York Times best-seller list for December 19, 2004
  2. ^ New York Times Tony Hillerman, Novelist, Dies at 83
  3. ^ Marilyn Stasio (November 26, 2006). "Crime: Death Threads". New York Times. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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