Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman (born May 27, 1925 is a contemporary American author of detective novels. His mystery novels are set in the Four Corners area of Arizona. The detectives are Navajo policemen.

Hillerman is a combat veteran from World War II who worked as a journalist from 1948-1962. Then he earned a Masters degreee and taught journalism from 1966-1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee have appeared (with other memorable characters) in more than a dozen books. Hillerman's writing is noted for the details he provides about the culture of the people he writes about (Hopi, European-American, federal agents, as well as Navajo.

His works in nonfiction and in fiction reflect his appreciation of the natural wonders of the American Southwest.

External links

His own site

list of fiction awards


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