Friday, October 31, 2008

NPR Remembers Tony Hillerman

NPR published two audio programs this week in remembrance of who died October 26th at the age of 83. Hillerman was the author of 18 mysteries featuring Navajo tribal police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee

Fellow writer , author of the Kevin Kerney mystery series which is also set in the Southwest, knew Hillerman for over 40 years and is featured on one of the audio programs. "[Hillerman] certainly had a wonderful way of developing characters and a great straightforward way of plotting a story that was incredibly entertaining," says McGarrity. "He took the mystery genre and expanded it tenfold by bringing in the elements of the Navajo country and the Navajo people, and the cultural clashes that existed between that world and the world of the white man, and at times even between the various different elements of the Navajo communities themselves."

The second audio program features an excerpt of an interview with Hillerman on NPR's All Things Considered originally broadcast in 1988.

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