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Anne Hillerman, Lost Birds
Anne Hillerman, Lost Birds

Mon, Apr 22


Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Anne Hillerman, Lost Birds

Exploring the emotionally complex issues of adoption of Indigenous children by non-native parents, Anne Hillerman delivers another thought-provoking, gripping mystery that brings to life the vivid terrain of the American Southwest, its people, and the lore and traditions that make it distinct.

Date, Time & Location

Apr 22, 2024, 6:00 PM MDT

Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

Anne will be in conversation with John Sandford, the author of the NY Times best-selling Prey Series.

This will be an in-store event and live streamed to Zoom, register for Zoom here.

Pre-order the Lost Birds (publishing April 23, hardcover, $30) from CW online here or call the store (505) 988-4226 to order. Signed copies will be available after the event.

Lost Birds is a Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel: Volume Number 9 

Joe Leaphorn may be long retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, but his detective skills are still sharp, honed by his work as a private detective. His experience will be essential to solve a compelling new case: finding the birth parents of a woman who was raised by a bilagáana family but believes she is Diné based on one solid clue, an old photograph with a classic Navajo child’s blanket. Leaphorn discovers that his client’s adoption was questionable, and her adoptive family not what they seem. His quest for answers takes him to an old trading post and leads him to a deadly cache of long-buried family secrets. 

As that case grows more complicated, Leaphorn receives an unexpected call from a person he met decades earlier. Cecil Bowleg’s desperation is clear in his voice, but just as he begins to explain, the call is cut off by an explosion and Cecil disappears. True to his nature, Leaphorn is determined to find the truth even as the situation grows dangerous. Investigation of the explosion falls in part to Officer Bernadette Manuelito, who discovers an unexpected link to Cecil’s missing wife.

Bernie also is involved in a troubling investigation of her own: an elderly weaver whose prize-winning sheep have been ruthlessly killed by feral dogs.

About the Author

Author Anne Hillerman's debut novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, received the Western Writers Spur Award as best first novel. That book and the eight novels that followed were all New York Times best sellers. She is the bestselling author of the Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series, which continues the Navajo detective stories her father Tony Hillerman made popular. When she’s not working, Anne likes to read, cook, ski and travel. She lives in Santa Fe and Tucson with frequent trips to the Navajo Nation.

About the Interlocuter

John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. Camp won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986 and was one of four finalists for the prize in 1980. He also was the winner of the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985.

Camp is the author of fifty-four published novels, as of the summer of 2022, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times best-seller lists, many debuting at #1.

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