Monday, October 27, 2008

Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83

The Associated Press is reporting that mystery author died yesterday of pulmonary failure in Albuquerque. He was 83.

Although Hillerman was best known for his mysteries featuring Navajo tribal officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, he wrote books on the history and natural beauty of the Southwest. Two excellent adaptions of his mysteries were filmed as made-for-television movies and aired on PBS Mystery! a few years back: and . A third, less successful, theatrical adaption was made in 1991 based on the book The Dark Wind.

In 1991, Hillerman was honored with the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Hillerman is survived by his wife, Marie, and their six children.

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