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A Thief of Time: A Novel Summary
Tony Hillerman

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A Thief of Time: A Novel Summary

Plot Summary

A Thief of Time is a novel in the mystery genre set in the Four Corners region. What begins as a missing person case soon develops into a complex web of crimes involving larceny, grave robbing, and murder. Two main characters, both officers with the Navajo Tribal Police, work tirelessly to solve the case.

Joe Leaphorn is a middle aged Lieutenant with the tribal police. He has recently lost his wife and quite possibly his will to live. After his wife died, he submitted his letter of resignation and requested to be placed on leave. Once his leave expires, Leaphorn will be retired. During this time, a friend asks Leaphorn to accompany him on a trip to a Chaco Culture National Historical Park to take a report on a missing anthropologist. Despite his shock and depression over losing his wife, Leaphorn finds that his police instincts are returning...

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