Tuesday, October 28, 2008

R.I.P., Tony Hillerman

Novelist Tony Hillerman, 83, died Sunday in Albuquerque, NM.

I think I've read most of his Navajo Tribal Police mysteries, featuring Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee. Hillerman had a unique knack for lacing a page-turning mystery with Navajo culture and lore, and lyrical descriptions of the stark, beautiful landscape. He left a wonderful legacy in these novels. I'm sad there won't be any more.

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