Tony Hillerman

Sad, sad news today. Tony Hillerman, author of a number of mystery novels set in the American Southwest, died Sunday at the age of 83.

I’m a big fan of mystery and detective novels and I have read a number of the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee books. There are few authors who were as skilled at bringing a region to life – his portrayal of the Navajo reservation, its people and the landscape of the Southwest was as vivid and clear as a vacation snapshot.

I enjoyed his work. He will be missed by mystery lovers everywhere.

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