Search Results: "Tony Hillerman"


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THE WAILING WIND by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2002

"Top-notch detective work by all hands, a solution fully worthy of the puzzle, and all the hard-won wisdom on cultural clashes between Navajos and whites you'd expect from Hillerman (Hunting Badger, 2000, etc.)."
Two years ago, wealthy oil-lease magnate Wiley Denton confessed to shooting Marvin McKay dead—a con man, he testified, whose offer of a partnership in the lost Golden Calf goldmine backfired when he tried to leave Denton's place with the $50,000 down payment in lieu of any legal agreement—pleaded self-defense, and served his time. Read full book review >

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THE SINISTER PIG by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Hillerman Lite, with little mystery about who killed Carl Mankin, or, unless you think Hillerman's gotten a lot less warmhearted, about what's going to happen to imperiled Bernie Manuelito."
Though you might expect them to have their hands full with rumors of war, Washington powerbrokers seem obsessed these days with whatever's happening in the big-sky New Mexico territory Hillerman's long since branded as his own (The Wailing Wind, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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FINDING MOON by Tony Hillerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"A familiar tale, movingly told by a surprising voice."
In the darkest hour of the American withdrawal from Vietnam, a slow-horse newspaperman fights to rescue the niece whose existence he's just discovered—in this swift-moving tale from Navajo chronicler Hillerman (Sacred Clowns, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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SKINWALKERS by Tony Hillerman
Released: Jan. 1, 1986

"Haunting backgrounds, quietly disturbing incidents, tautly orchestrated tensions: another indelible Navajo-world imprint from the author of The Ghostway and People of Darkness."
When fictional sleuths from different series join forces, the effect is usually shallow and gimmicky—as in the many recent collaborations of Bill Pronzini, for instance. Read full book review >

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LISTENING WOMAN by Tony Hillerman
Released: April 19, 1978

"With enough action (Joe survives a fife ordeal) and last-second twists to grab those uninterested in the topnotch atmosphere, Hillman's overdue return (five years since Dance Hall of the Dead) should draw murmurs of contentment from all sides."
Like so many other mystery men these days, the splendid Mr. Hillerman has allowed his detective, Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Police, to get tangled up with terrorists: a Boy Scout troop is held hostage by a fringe Indian-rights gang whose leader is a madman out for revenge and personal gain. Read full book review >

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SKELETON MAN by Tony Hillerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"No mystery this time, but considerable suspense in the race to bottom of one of the most spectacular and treacherous landscapes Hillerman's ever explored."
A brain-damaged Hopi holds the key to a fortune in diamonds, and even bigger stakes, in this treasure hunt. Read full book review >

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THE FALLEN MAN by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 1996

"The autumnal 12th entry in this distinguished series is less complex and energetic than Sacred Clowns (1993), but Hillerman's legion of fans, impatient for a return to the reservation ever since the author's Vietnam novel, Finding Moon (1995), will likely find it irresistible."

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PEOPLE OF DARKNESS by Tony Hillerman
Released: Oct. 1, 1980

"Top work from a top talent."
Hillerman is once again among the New Mexico Navajos, but Joe Leaphorn isn't the sleuth this time. Read full book review >

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A THIEF OF TIME by Tony Hillerman
Released: July 1, 1988

"Slightly less absorbing than the best Hillermans, but darkly atmospheric and ultimately powerful—with (as usual) effective contrasts among the theological beliefs of rationalist Leaphorn, mystical Chee, and other Navajos."
Hillerman's two Navajo Tribal Police heroes—middle-aged Lieut. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 25, 1972

"Yet the lesson of waste is one that we are just learning, and the spirit of Zuni mythology, documented in the author's appended notes, pervades."
Laszlo Kubinyi's precise and delicate drawings indicate the tone of this Zuni legend of a boy whose virtues inspire the guardian Corn Maidens to name him the father of his people. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"The anthology as museum, with Hillerman and Herbert as suave a pair of curators as you could wish."
Though Hillerman's introduction notes his impatience with "the rules" of the detective story's Golden Age, this magisterial selection of 34 stories is remarkably evenhanded, proceeding from Poe to Ross Macdonald and Rex Stout with scarcely a notable omission (except for Dashiell Hammett, for copyright reasons). Read full book review >

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DANCE HALL OF THE DEAD by Tony Hillerman
Released: Oct. 10, 1973

"Not too seriously — the story's not the thing — it's Hillerman's anything but wooden Indians and the way in which he informs their way of life with affection and dignity."