Tony Hillerman dies at 83

October 27th, 2008 - 4:06 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Tony HillermanTony Hillerman, an award-winning American author of detective novels and non-fiction works dies at 83, lived in Albuquerque. The cause of his death was due to pulmonary failure,according to the AP report. Hillerman lived through two heart attacks and surgeries for prostate and bladder cancer.

The protagonists are Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police. Lt. Leaphorn was introduced in Hillerman’s first novel, The Blessing Way (1970). The second book in the series, Dance Hall of the Dead (1973), he won an Edgar Award in 1974 from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel. In 1991, Hillerman received the MWA’s Grand Master Award. Hillerman also received the Nero Award (for Coyote Waits) and the Navajo Tribe’s Special Friends of the DinĂ© Award.

Books by Tony Hillerman
- The Blessing Way
- Coyote Waits
- Dance Hall of the Dead
- The Dark Wind
- The Fallen Man
- Finding Moon
- The First Eagle
- The Fly on the Wall
- The Ghostway
- Hunting Badger
- Listening Woman
- People of Darkness
- Sacred Clowns
- The Sinister Pig
- Skeleton Man
- Skinwalkers
- Talking God
- A Thief of Time
- The Wailing Wind

Tony Hillerman’s commercial breakthrough was “Skinwalkers,” which was published in 1987.The book 430,000 copies, paving the way for “A Thief of Time,” which made several best seller lists.

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