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									Tony HillermanTony Hillerman
Tony Hillerman's experience as a journalist and a lover of Native American culture lent an unmistakable authenticity to his mysteries. In addition to his popular series starring Navajo Tribal Police detectives Chee and Leaphorn, he wrote standalone novels, essays about the Southwest, and a warmly reviewed autobiography (Seldom Disappointed) that revealed not only his talent, but his bravery as a soldier in World War II. He died in 2008 at the age of 83.

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Fact File

Tony Hillerman
Current Home:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date of Birth:
May 27, 1925
Place of Birth:
Sacred Heart, Oklahoma
Date of Death:
October 26, 2008
Place of Death:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1946; M.A., University of New Mexico, 1966
Edgar Award for Dance Hall of the Dead, 1974; Golden Spur Award for Skinwalkers, 1987

*  Tony Hillerman's official web site

Hillerman's Latest

Selected Novels

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								The Shape Shifter, Author: 
								Tony Hillerman.

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The Shape Shifter
by Tony Hillerman
In Hillerman's latest Joe Leaphorn adventure -- the Lt. who can't seem to stay out of the game looks into a case that takes him back to his old-school days with the Navajo Tribal Police.
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								The Sinister Pig, Author: 
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*  The Blessing Way (1970)
*  Sacred Clowns (1993)
*  Finding Moon (1995)
*  The First Eagle (1998)
*  The Wailing Wind (2002)
*  The Sinister Pig (2003)
*  Kilroy Was There: A GI's War in Photographs (2004)
*  Skeleton Man (2004)

*  See the Tony Hillerman chronology

Instructive Authors

"Since I am still in the throes of trying to learn, I tend to go back to the technicians," Hillerman says when listing some of his favorite authors. "[I] have just re-read some early Hemingway (Big, Two-Hearted River), Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep), and Graham Greene (Our Man in Havana). I’m also very fond of Stephen Ambrose."

*  Ernest Hemingway
*  Raymond Chandler
*  Graham Greene

*  Stephen E. Ambrose

Hillerman Country

Winning the Edgar

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								Tony Hillerman's Indian Country Map and Guide, Vol. 1, Author: 
								Tony Hillerman.

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Tony Hillerman's Indian Country Map and Guide, Vol. 1
by Tony Hillerman
Whether you're planning to visit the Four Corners region or want more fodder for the imagination while reading Hillerman's Southwestern-set novels, guides by Hillerman himself and others abound. John M. Reilly's Critical Companion offers perspectives on Hillerman's technique as an author.

*Tony Hillerman: A Critical Companion  by John M. Reilly
*Tony Hillerman's Navajoland: Hideouts, Haunts, and Havens in the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Mysteries  by Laurance D. Linford, Tony Hillerman
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								Dance Hall of the Dead, Author: 
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Dance Hall of the Dead
by Tony Hillerman
The Mystery Writers of America nominated Hillerman for best first novel, but 1973's Dance Hall of the Dead was ultimately what won him the Oscar of mysteries. "Riveting descriptions of Zuni religious rites give this ... mystery real distinction," Newsweek said. Hillerman illuminated Zuni tradition for younger readers with The Boy Who Made Dragonfly.

*Boy Who Made Dragonfly: A Zuni Myth  by Janet Grado (Illustrator), Retold by Tony Hillerman