Friday, May 17, 2013

The Evolution of the Mystery Genre

   
Dance Hall of theDead
by
Tony Hillerman

Dance Hall Of The Dead is the second of the Navajo Tribal Police series by Tony Hillerman. Centered around the character of police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Dance Hall of the Dead is, like many of Hillerman's books, set on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. Themes of the book include the Zuni religion and hostility between the Navajo and the Zuni.

When a young Zuni boy and his Navajo friend go missing, Lieutenant Leaphorn is called in by the Zuni Tribal Police to search for George Bowlegs, the missing Navajo boy. When Ernesto Cata, Bowlegs' Zuni friend, is found murdered, the search for Bowlegs takes on even greater significance


Tony Hillerman (May 27, 1925 – October 26, 2008)


Anthony Grove Hillerman was an award-winning American author of detective novels and non-fiction works best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. Several of his works have been adapted as big-screen and television movies


He was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, and was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, having served as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division. He earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.

From 1948–1962, he worked as a journalist, then earned a master's degree. He taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and also began writing novels. He lived there with his wife until his death in 2008.

Hillerman, a consistently bestselling author, was ranked as New Mexico's 22nd wealthiest man in 1996. He wrote 18 books in his Navajo series. He wrote more than 30 books total. Dance Hall of the Dead is listed #37 on the Mystery Writers of America’s Top 100 mystery Novels of all Times.





4 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, I'll have to stop by more often. I've read each of these books (with the exception of LeCarre's Spy Who Came in from the Cold, although I have heard about it many times). I can tell you're a fellow mystery fanatic in the sense of loving them all, past and present!

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    1. In doing this series, I've found so many new authors to read. It's truly been a blessing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Tony Hillerman's books are great! I've learned so much about the culture, geology, geography, and challenges of life in the four corners!

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    1. I'm reading Dance Hall of the Dead. It's my first Hillerman novel and I love it. Thanks for stopping by.

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