Overview

This classic collection of nonfiction essays about life in New Mexico by the great Tony Hillerman remains a must read for anyone looking to understand the state’s unique charm. The engaging pieces in The Great Taos Bank Robbery unveil the life and magic one experiences in the Land of Enchantment.

This edition includes a new introduction and foreword by Anne Hillerman and new photographs with each story.


“It’s as serious a ‘glance’ over our ...

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The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other True Stories

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Overview

This classic collection of nonfiction essays about life in New Mexico by the great Tony Hillerman remains a must read for anyone looking to understand the state’s unique charm. The engaging pieces in The Great Taos Bank Robbery unveil the life and magic one experiences in the Land of Enchantment.

This edition includes a new introduction and foreword by Anne Hillerman and new photographs with each story.


“It’s as serious a ‘glance’ over our state as it is often hilarious, from the opening relación about law enforcement in Taos, through succeeding commentaries on Indian encounters with Paleface, a Nigerian guest’s assessment of Santa Fe, a search for Folsom Man and so forth . . . it furnishes myriad moments of pleasurable insight.”—New Mexico Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826351937
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 70,237
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Tony Hillerman
Tony Hillerman (1925–2008) was an award-winning author and newspaperman, best known for his mystery novels set on the Navajo Nation.

Don Strel, a photographer, has been published in numerous books and magazines. He has taught art and design at the university level and has served as the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico. He is currently the director of the Southwest Assignments photography, design and public relations agency, which he founded in 1991.

Anne Hillerman is the founding director of Wordharvest Writers’ Workshops, a journalist, and author whose books include Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn. She is Tony Hillerman’s eldest daughter.

Biography

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 17-mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children's books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group's Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction's Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Hometown:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 27, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sacred Heart, Oklahoma
    1. Date of Death:
      October 26, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Great Taos Bank Robbery: A Foreword Anne Hillerman xi

Chapter 1 The Great Taos Bank Robbery 1

Chapter 2 The Navajo Who Had So Many Friends He Couldn't Get No Wire Strung 13

Chapter 3 The Very Heart of Our Country 15

Chapter 4 The Mountain on the Guardrail at Exit 164B 25

Chapter 5 We All Fall Down 27

Chapter 6 The Messenger Birds 42

Chapter 7 The Conversion of Cletus Xywanda 46

Chapter 8 The Apache Who Wouldn't Be Missed 53

Chapter 9 The Hunt for the Lost American 55

Chapter 10 How Quemado Got Quemado 77

Chapter 11 Las Trampas 79

Chapter 12 Black Jack Ketchum and the Sixteen Faithful Bartenders 95

Chapter 13 Othello in Union County 98

Chapter 14 The Committee and the Mule Deer 110

Chapter 15 Quijote in Rio Arriba County 113

Chapter 16 Keeping Secrets from the Russians 135

Chapter 17 Mr. Luna's Lazarus Act 138

Author's Notes 149

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    Posted November 2, 2012

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    Intereating stories.

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