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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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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THE DARK WIND by Tony Hillerman
Released: April 7, 1982

"A few nice twists, with Hillerman's moodily fine prose in full Southwest regalia; but this time the darkness is murky almost as often as it's chilling—in the slowest, most relentlessly introspective case yet for the Navajo Tribal Police."
Strongly atmospheric but far less suspenseful than People of Darkness, this second case for Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police (who's also an apprentice Navajo chanter/shaman) moves into the neighboring Hopi culture on the joint Southwest reservation—as Chee ponders possible connections among a quartet of simultaneous cases. 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."

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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 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 >