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Tony Hillerman - Author

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Tony Hillerman is one of the crime writing world`s biggest international bestsellers. A former president of the Mystery Writers of America he has received numerous awards including the Edgar and Grand Master Awards. With his evocative Navajo series he has been honoured with the Centre for the American Indians’ Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for the best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribe’s Special Friend Award. He lives with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The Shape Shifter

The Shape Shifter

Author: Tony Hillerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2007

Retirement has never sat well with former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Now the ghosts of a still-unsolved case are returning to haunt him, reawakened by a photograph in a magazine spread of a one-of-a-kind Navajo rug, a priceless work of woven art that was supposedly destroyed in a suspicious fire many years earlier. The rug, commemorating one of the darkest and most terrible chapters in American history, was always said to be cursed, and now the friend who brought it to Leaphorn's attention has mysteriously gone missing. With newly wedded officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito just back from their honeymoon, the legendary ex-lawman is on his own to pick up the threads of a crime he'd once thought impossible to untangle. And they're leading him back into a world of lethal greed, shifting truths, and changing faces, where a cold-blooded killer still resides.

Skeleton Man

Skeleton Man

Author: Tony Hillerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2006

The legendary American storyteller is back with another blockbuster novel featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee. Former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn comes out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a trading post robbery. The simpleminded boy nailed for the crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim Chee. He needs help, and Chee and his fiancee, Bernie Manuelito, decide to provide it. The key to proving the boy's innocence lies in a horrific airline disaster that occurred fifty years ago. Around the cliffs of the Grand Canyon, Chee must find the remains of one of the passengers who had handcuffed to his wrist an attache case filled with a fortune in diamonds - one of which seems to have turned up in the robbery. But with Hillerman it's never that simple. There are more people searching for the body of the long dead diamond dealer, and some of them are willing to kill to lay their hands upon the precious cache. Culminating deep in the canyon during a thunderous monsoon, it's a race to the finish to see who will survive, who will be brought to justice and who will finally unearth the Skeleton Man.

A New Omnibus of Crime

A New Omnibus of Crime

Author: Tony Hillerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2005

This new collection will pick up where Dorothy L. Sayers' The Omnibus of Crime (1929) left off - in the heart of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction - bringing together monumental, entertaining works of mystery short fiction from the early 1930s to the present, from the inter-war years of the twentieth century to first years of the twenty-first century. Herbert will introduce each story, placing the selection in the context of the author and the genre's literary history. Emphasis will be placed upon representing the most exciting styles and voices in the genre rather than a slavish servitude to a decade-by-decade approach. Stories on the short list include Norman Mailer The Killer , P.D. James Great Aunt Allie's Fly Papers or The Victim , Sue Grafton The Parker Shotgun , Frankie Y. Bailey Since You Went Away , John Cheever Montraldo , Paul Theroux The Johore Murders , Tony Hillerman First Lead Gasser , David Winser The Boat Race Murder , James M. Cain Cigarette Girl , Dorothy L. Sayers The Necklace of Pearls , Linda Barnes Lucky Penny , Cornell Woolrich Death at the Burlesque , Raymond Chandler Red Wind , Dennis Lehane Running Out of Dog , and James Crumley Hot Springs .

The Boy Who Made Dragonfly A Zuni Myth

The Boy Who Made Dragonfly A Zuni Myth

Author: Tony Hillerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/1986

As readers of Tony Hillerman's detective novels know, he is a skilled interpreter of southwestern Indian cultures. In this book, first published in 1972, he recounts a Zuni myth first recorded a century ago by the anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing. Hillerman's version of the story, written to be read by children ten years old and up, will have equal appeal for adults with an interest in Native American culture. In our society, Hillerman explains, this would be called a 'Bible story.' Like stories based on the Old Testament, this narrative is intended to teach both the history and morality of a people. It tells the consequences of a drought in which Zuni crops were ruined and the tribe was forced to accept charity from neighboring Hopis.

The Spell of New Mexico

The Spell of New Mexico

Author: Tony Hillerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/1984

A rich gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal that New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century's best known writers. Included here are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D. H. Lawrence, C. G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman's Preface and Introduction are choice specimens of his incisive humour and his own deep love of the state.

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