When it comes to setting the scene in the Southwest and weaving Native-American characters into cunningly constructed plots, no one does it better, or with more authenticity, than Tony Hillerman. In Hunting Badger (5.5 hours) read by George Guidall, we're back in Hillerman country with Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, who just can't seem to settle into retirement, and Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal police. Three men have pulled off a major heist from a Ute gambling casino, and vanished into the rugged country of the Four Corners canyons. Working from a Ute legend and a lead from a questionable source, Leaphorn and Chee crack a case that has confounded local authorities and the FBI. Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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