Tony Hillerman, RIP27 October, 2008
One of my favourite mystery writers (actually, he’s about the only mystery writer whose work I have really enjoyed), Tony Hillerman, has died. His books, set in the Four Corner’s region of my childhood, always bring back memories of the reality of the Southwest — the real people of the Southwest — rather than the tourist trap generalizations. When in elementary school, I attended class with Havasu, Hopi and Navajo kids and, in a very small way, saw my world through their eyes. Their values were different than mine — not wrong, but different. Hillerman’s plots, always turning on some piece of Native American culture and beliefs, still bring back that different point of view.
I’ll keep reading his books. And thanking him for his insights.