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Hillerman, Tony

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Bestselling and award-winning author Tony Hillerman brings to life the Southwest and the Navajo culture in his mystery series featuring Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. He has collaborated with Rosemary Herbert in A New Omnibus of Crime

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Fran Hinkel - 02:35am Jul 23, 2008 PST(#366 of 374)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

I don't see anything upcoming in the next 90 days or so.

Peggy Karp - 03:16pm Jul 25, 2008 PST(#367 of 374)

Dear Mr. Hillerman,

I'm a huge fan. I just finished Talking God and loved it. Has anyone commented on your brilliant comparison of Navajo and White care of elders? Yellow gives the Yebichai for Agnes Tsosie, his terminally ill mother-in-law; although it is difficult for him financially he never considers not doing it. All her friends and extended family come to the ceremony to support her. Agnes Tsosie is cared for at home, again anything else would be shameful, unthinkable. In contrast you describe Fleck’s desperate attempts to provide decent institutional care (no possibility of home care here) for his mother in the face of open hostility from both society and his brother. His futile efforts end in violent death, the antithesis of the harmony that the Yebichai restores.

The masterful way you weave together different levels of plot and character in Talking God is truly amazing. The last time I was so engrossed in fiction was 50 years ago, when I was reading the works of the great 19th century Russian novelists.

Thank you for all your wonderful work.

PJ Parziale - 08:41am Aug 4, 2008 PST(#368 of 374)


Re: Skinwalkers...

I understand the doctor's motivations for killing Irma Onesalt and the attempt to kill Chee. And why Bistie was killed to cover up the death of Endocheeney.

I don't understand why Endocheeney and Sam were killed.

Since their two deaths were a critical part of the mystery (i.e. Leaphorn's mental struggles to link the deaths/death attempt), not seeing why these two were killed undermine's Hillerman's entire book for me.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Glen Hunt - 03:19am Aug 7, 2008 PST(#369 of 374)

Hello to you folks out there in the Tony Hillerman fan realm. I've been reading the Leaphorn/Chee novels and am curious about one geographic location; where is Short Mountain? I know it is a fictional place but I gather its location is somewhere east of the actual Navajo Mountain, west of Oljeto and north of Keet Seel Ruin. Short Mountain is likely on the Arizona/Utah border.


Mary E Cordova - 07:53am Oct 14, 2008 PST(#370 of 374)

Has Mr. Hillerman every written a fiction or non-fiction book about the northeastern part of New Mexico. The Mora-Garcia area is of special interest. If anyone reading this message can suggest a book (a Christmas present for my father-in-law who is from that area)I would be very much appreciated any input. I live in Arkansas and we're a little short of availability of WHO and of SOURCE in this are. However we are long on outdoor sports and music. Thanx mc

rubyj - 04:16pm Oct 14, 2008 PST(#371 of 374)
I confess...started using wrinkle cream and dyed my my face is darker and my hair is wrinkled...whassup with that?

Mary, hit the link above at Mr. Hillerman has also written non-fiction books and some may contain info about that area. You can read the editorials and reviews about some of his books...good luck!

rubyj - 03:44pm Oct 27, 2008 PST(#372 of 374)
I confess...started using wrinkle cream and dyed my my face is darker and my hair is wrinkled...whassup with that?

Sadly, Mr. Hillerman died yesterday at the age of 83. He will be greatly missed, as will his superb writing both fiction and non-fiction. I will personally miss his Leaphorn and Chee mysteries. Google this man and you will find that he served in WWII, was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart...and so much more fascinating information...

Fran Hinkel - 01:03am Oct 28, 2008 PST(#373 of 374)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Yes, he will be greatly missed by his fans.

PHOENIX (AP) — Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels and creator of two of the unlikeliest of literary heroes — Navajo police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee — has died. He was 83.

Hillerman's daughter, Anne Hillerman, said her father's health had been declining in the last couple years and that he was at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque when he died of pulmonary failure Sunday.

Hillerman lived through two heart attacks and surgeries for prostate and bladder cancer. He kept tapping at his keyboard even as his eyes began to dim, as his hearing faded, as rheumatoid arthritis turned his hands into claws.

"I'm getting old," he declared in 2002, "but I still like to write."

Anthony Wadlington - 05:32am Nov 13, 2008 PST(#374 of 374)

Tony Hillerman wrote novels featuring Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. The area they patrol is bounded in nothern Arizona, what was the large famous hole in the ground.

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