Tony Hillerman, a former newspaperman whose evocative mystery novels set among the Navajos of the Southwest took the American detective story in new directions and made him a best-selling author, died Sunday in Albuquerque, where he lived. He was 83.
One member of the Internet Writing Workshop said, "It's with good reason that the northwest corner of New Mexico is commonly called Hillerman Country. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee lived there, moved easily among the Navajo on the Rez and inhabited the spirit of the land. Tony is gone, but his characters will grace the region from Gallup to Shiprock for decades to come.
That thought was reflected in the Times piece ...
In the world of mystery fiction, Mr. Hillerman was that rare figure: a best-selling author who was adored by fans, admired by fellow authors and respected by critics. Though the themes of his books were not overtly political, he wrote with an avowed purpose: to instill in his readers a respect for Native American culture.