Search Results: "Tony Hillerman"


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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."

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THE FIRST EAGLE by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Chee brings it all, including his relationship with Janet, to a climax with a theatrical coup that would put a lesser writer on the map all by itself—and that reminds you, in case you've forgotten, that Hillerman's mysteries are in a class of their own."
The day that Acting Lt. Read full book review >

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HUNTING BADGER by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Pleasing lesser work from the doyen of the regional mystery—a master who, like his hero, keeps his best tricks till last."
On May 4, 1998, a Colorado police officer was shot and killed when he pulled over a stolen water truck. Read full book review >

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THE FLY ON THE WALL by Tony Hillerman
Released: Sept. 15, 1971

"It will do, even if he did better in The Blessing Way."
After a drunken newsman dry dives to his death taking with him the story he had been about to break, another reporter in the press room, John Cotton, becomes the fly on the wall seemingly easy to swat in an ugly story of political corruption and collusion involving a new highway. Read full book review >

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THE GHOSTWAY by Tony Hillerman
Released: Feb. 13, 1984

"Despite pockets of excess sentimentality: one of Hillerman's best Navajo mysteries—keeping suspense, Indian lore, and character in stately yet compelling balance."
The tension between the Navajo way-of-life and the tempting white-world outside—always an element in Hillerman's somber outings for Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police—is central and emphatic in this haunting, absorbing investigation. 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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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 BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF THE CENTURY by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2000

"Where's Nero Wolfe when you need him?"
In his introduction, Hillerman confides that he'd have included many more stories from the pulps and the slick magazines if Penzler hadn't wisely deterred him. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS WEST by Tony Hillerman
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite the novelty of its regional concept and the absence of reprints — a Texas-size disappointment, without even a story by Hillerman, a nonpareil novelist who'd better not quit his day job."
Don't get your hopes up: Despite Hillerman's best-selling name on the dust jacket, this isn't a new Leaphorn or Chee mystery (Sacred Clowns, 1993, etc.) but an anthology of 20 new stories by lesser, though still brand-name, authors (Lie Matera, John Lutz, Harold Adams, William J. Reynolds et al.). Read full book review >

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THE SHAPE SHIFTER by Tony Hillerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 23, 2006

"Not much mystery this time, and Sgt. Jim Chee and his bride Bernadette Manuelito ('now it's Chee') are mostly kept offstage. But Hillerman's warmth is undiminished as he follows a dogged old cop who burns up gasoline by driving all over Arizona because he can't bear to sit at home."
Lt. Joe Leaphorn, who can't seem to stay retired, investigates a case that takes him back to his earliest days with the Navajo Tribal Police. 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 >