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Edgar Award-winning writer Tony Hillerman has earned a reputation as a Grand Master of the popular mystery. This is the first full-length examination of his work. One of the most successful contemporary American writers, Hillerman has made his stories of Native American detectives instrumental in understanding modern American life. Through the creation of his Navajo detective characters, Hillerman has given new vigor to the popular genre of mystery with his treatment of the problems of order and identity in modern society. This study examines each of his 13 novels in turn and includes a biographical chapter and a chapter on his innovations in the genre of detective fiction.
|Series:||Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers Series|
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About the Author
JOHN M. REILLY won the Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America for his reference work Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers (1980). Before joining the faculty at Howard University, where he is a graduate professor of American literature, he taught at the State University of New York and served for six years as president of the 22,000-member faculty and professional union. He has written extensively on popular literature and detective fiction. For his critical work on African-American writing he received the MELUS award for distinguished study of multi-ethnic culture.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword by Kathleen Gregory Klein
The Life of Tony Hillerman
Tony Hillerman and the Detective Ficton Genre
The Blessing Way (1970), The Debut of Joe Leaphorn, Navajo Detective
The Fly on the Wall (1971), A Journalistic Procedural
Dance Hall of the Dead (1973), The "Edgar" Prize Novel
People of Darkness (1980), Introducing Jim Chee
The Dark Wind (1982), Development from Story to Novel
Listening Woman (1978) and The Ghostway (1984), The Final Solos of Leaphorn and Chee
Skinwalkers (1986), Breakthrough by the Team of Leaphorn and Chee
A Thief of Time (1988), The Author's Favorite
Talking God (1989) and Coyote Waits (1990), The Series Continues
Sacred Clowns (1993), The Complete Police Procedural
Finding Moon (1995), The Mystery of Character