We lost a tremendous writer and a member of the Curtis Brown family on Sunday — Tony Hillerman was 83. The Times obit is here, and Jeff Abbott says it better than I could here. He will be dearly missed.
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Margaret Yang says
Marilyn Peake says
Incredibly sad news.
What’s fascinating to me is that he was my current age when “The Blessing Way” came out. There is a certain depth that came easily to him which I loved more than anything. I understand a little more of that, now.
I hope as we look back on his work we can see the value of putting voices into print we wouldn’t otherwise hear from. He’ll be missed.
I have not read his work before, but it sounds like he was an amazing author with an amazing voice. It is sad when the world looses someone that is so dear.
P.S. my word verification says “unducks” very interesting….
He was one of my favorite writers, and did such an incredible job of being respectful of the Navajo and Hopi traditions while still being able to introduce them to the American reading public. Such a terrible loss!
I loved his books. When I worked in libraries, there were always long lines of folks waiting for his latest one to come out; that’s sad news you’ve posted.
Adaora A. says
RIP Tony. <3
Incredible talent has just left this world.
I am sorry for your loss.
Congrats on being listed on blogsofnote! That’s where I found your blog. Perhaps eventually my blog will join yours on the list! 🙂
Elyssa Papa says
Such sad news.
Jenny Jill says
I very much enjoyed his work. He opened up one’s eyes to the beauty of a different culture, land and experience. Magnificent legacy and for to which we should all strive.
I loved this man. Great work. I read all of it.
May his memory be eternal.
He'll be missed. <3
Maris Bosquet says
WAAAAAAAAAAA…..He was one of the few, few writers I admired as a person. Oh, how he’ll be missed!
I’ve never heard of him before, but I hope his family, related and extended, is doing OK. 🙁
It’s been many years since I read one of his books. The obit reminded me of why I enjoyed his work and I believe I will revisit the magic again. Rest easy Mr. Hillerman, your words will live forever.
He will live on always in his books as will the people and cultures he portrayed.
Thank you, Mr. Hillerman, for sharing yourself with us!
Other Lisa says
Great writer and someone who really established a whole genre of mysteries. Many current published authors owe their success in part to Hillerman’s trailblazing.
My favorite quote in one of his obits: his former agent advised him to “get rid of all that Indian stuff.”
Not Tony Hillerman, I was just complaining to audible.com that they only have a single abridge work by him and no unabridged. That sucks. (Can’t remember my google id to log in). Bubba
We, the two Mystery readers in this house, are so sorry to hear of Hillerman’s passing.
He wrote with respect and love of man and is a big part of the reason that I fell in love with Mysteries and want to write them also.
Sorry, for your loss, and the worlds.
Sorry to hear, Nathan.
Tom Burchfield says
Indeed, sad news.
Kate H says
Tony Hillerman is far and away my favorite of American mystery writers (most of my favorites are dead Englishwomen). I used to live in the Four Corners area and loved the way he depicted the land and the culture in his books. I will miss him. May his memory be eternal!
Brian Jay Jones says
I was — briefly — acquainted with him in the mid-1980s, while a student at the University of New Mexico, where Hillerman taught journalism. More than anything, he was an incredibly nice, genuine and humble guy. He’ll be missed,