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Monday, October 27, 2008

Tony Hillerman

posted by on October 27 at 11:00 AM

The tremendously popular author of 18 mystery novels set on Navajo reservations is dead at 83. I’ve always meant to read oneóhe was one of the few contemporary series mystery authors who was praised for the high quality of his proseóbut I have not as of yet.

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you should read a couple. he is a cut above most series mystery authors.

Posted by rtm | October 27, 2008 11:04 AM

I've read him--he's very good.

But Ruth Rendell is a fabulous writer PERIOD, not just a good mystery author.

Posted by Nora | October 27, 2008 11:06 AM

I always assumed Tony Hillerman was the same as, Higgins from Magnum, PI.

Posted by Uncle Vinny | October 27, 2008 11:18 AM

I think his first book was "Fly on the Wall," a wonderful story about a New Mexico legislative reporter caught up in a murder mystery. I've read a lot of books about reporters and "Fly on the Wall" is one of my all-time favorite depictions of the trade.

Start with that one Paul and you won't be disappointed.

Posted by Postman | October 27, 2008 11:34 AM

Oh shit. . so sad. Such good books too. Nasty, ratty villains, and clever cops Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Good descriptions of weather too.

Paul get off your butt and read one of his novels.

Damn right, que descanse en paz Tony

Posted by Luisita PhD | October 27, 2008 11:34 AM

He was one of my favorite I-need-a-book-for-the-plane-authors. His plots were clever, his characters were always interesting, and the pacing was great. His careful research into his First Nations characters and their sociolgy was an added bonus.

Posted by inkweary | October 27, 2008 12:13 PM

Oh god, that's heart breaking. I've been reading his books since I was ten. My mother, father and I would pass them around. He hasn't put anything out for a few years, but I kept hoping for another Jim Chee book.

Posted by beckaboo | October 27, 2008 12:25 PM

I loved his stories. They introduced me to a different kind of mystery plot. Mysteries of motive, as opposed to mysteries of means. In the stories I'd read in my schoolboy years, you solved the puzzle by figuring out how it was done. In Hillerman's stories it was always the 'why' of it that was critical. I loved that. I loved that his stories were so character driven. I loved that they were tied so closely to the landscape of the four-corners, one of my favorite places in the world to wander.

Posted by Bruce Garrett | October 27, 2008 2:01 PM

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