For the very first time in mass market paperback, here is a unique compilation about life in New Mexico by one of the nation's finest writers.
Tony Hillerman, who knows the Southwest like no other contemporary writer; presents nine extraordinary, true tales that capture the history and rhythms of daily life in New Mexico. From the comical title story of the holdup that didn't happen, to the riveting account of scientist tracking the Black Death through the arroyos in "We All Fall Down," to the ironic account of how a Black cowboy's commonsense intelligence destroyed the dogma of the Smithsonian Institution in "Othello in Union County," master storytellerTony Hillerman reveals the present and the timeless past of one of America's most beautiful and haunting regions.
Tony Hillerman is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of New Mexico and an Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"Hillerman is surely one of the finest and most original craftsman at work...today." --Boston Globe Book Review
About the Author
Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) was a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the author of thirty-two books: the popular eighteen-volume mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two novels, two children's books, and ten nonfiction works. Hillerman received every major honor for mystery fiction, including in 2008 the Western Writers of America's Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America and was honored with that group's Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction's Grand Masters. In 2001 his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.