Migration — ’The Sinister Pig’ on Metro North

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The trip home from NYC was uneventful, at least on the surface. My friend Betsy McMillan recommended Tony Hillerman’s “The Sinister Pig.” I opened it on the return trip and read nonstop until I had to pick up the car and drive home. Even though I was exhausted, I kept reading until 12:30 a.m. On Saturday “The Pig” brought neglected housework except for a couple of loads of laundry. Larry and I had dinner with friends Saturday evening and returned home late, but I used part of the extra hour of Standard Time to finish the book.
The title works on several levels as the story concerns the theft of oil and gas royalties that have been due the Navajo and other tribes for decades. There are also immigration problems, drug dealing, the return of friction between the FBI and the tribal police, and the continuation of a not-quite romance between Sgt. Joe Chee and his former employee. I’ll have to go back and find the stories I missed because the last I knew Chee had given up the Anglo school teacher and was pining for the beautiful Navajo lawyer who wanted to take him off the rez and bring him to D.C.
Anyway, I haven’t been this engrossed in a book for quite some time. Hillerman so transported me that I was able to ignore my sore leg muscles. Note to self: Next time you plan to cover most of midtown Manhattan on foot, don’t wear heels! I hadn’t intended to walk as much as I did, but the weather and my curiosity conspired to send me out to the sidewalk. Calf muscles have been screaming ever since. It’s now Tuesday, and I think my legs are getting back to normal. Not so my schedule, as I never did get the kitchen scrubbed down.
Thanks for telling me about this book, Betsy!


One Response to “Migration — ’The Sinister Pig’ on Metro North”

  1. Migration — More ’Coincidences’ « Lizr128′s Blog Says:

    […] Also decided that Tony Hillerman treated the subject in a much more interesting fashion. (See ” ‘Sinister Pig’ on Metro North“). Turned the page and gaped at the headline “The Caged Bird Speaks,” a review of […]

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