Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman was an American author of detective novels and non-fiction works, best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. His books are well-regarded for their cultural detail and often revolve around the Southwestern United States, particularly the experiences of Native American peoples. Hillerman's mystery series often features the Navajo Tribal Police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.


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  1. 1. A Thief Of Time

    In this gripping mystery novel set in the American Southwest, two Navajo Tribal Police officers investigate a series of puzzling crimes linked to the illegal excavation and theft of Native American artifacts. As they delve deeper into the case, they encounter a cast of characters with conflicting interests, including anthropologists, collectors, and looters. The officers must navigate a landscape steeped in history and spiritual significance while racing against time to solve the crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice, all while contending with the personal and cultural challenges that arise during their quest.

    The 2626th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Dance Hall Of The Dead

    In this mystery novel, two Native American boys disappear, leading a seasoned Navajo Tribal Police lieutenant to investigate their fate amidst the sacred Zuni and Navajo lands. The search for the truth takes him deep into the religious and cultural traditions of the Southwestern tribes, where he uncovers a complex web of ancient rituals, personal vendettas, and secrets that are as old as the arid landscape itself. As the lieutenant delves further into the case, he must navigate the delicate balance between upholding the law and respecting tribal customs, all while racing against time to solve the crime before the killer strikes again.

    The 3006th Greatest Book of All Time