In this extraordinary collection, Tony Hillerman presents the Southwest as only he can, choosing remarkable true tales from his personal archives of local lore. As you read these stories, you will be amazed, astounded, and oftentimes confounded by the power of ingenuity, serendipity, and the strange, comical coincidence of life and how it proves, once again, that truth is ultimately stranger than fiction.
From the amusing title story of the holdup that didn't happen, to the riveting account of scientists tracking Black Death through the arroyos, to the ironic account of how a black cowboy's commonsense intelligence destroyed the dogma of the Smithsonian Institution, master storyteller Tony Hillerman reveals the present and timeless past of one of America's most beautiful and haunting regions.
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Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France 's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.From AudioFile:
Capturing the listener with his soft drawl, Tony Hillerman reads stories based on real-life events in Taos and other areas of New Mexico. He expertly adds personal flair and deep feelings to his stories, including a lot of humor and good-natured comments about the land and the people. During some of the stories Hillerman seems to be speaking directly to the listener. Hearing the author read allows the listener to learn a little about Hillerman the man, as well as the country he so obviously loves. His performance adds immensely to the value of these stories. P.A.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The author of myriad best-selling mysteries set in the American Southwest presents nine extraordinary, true tales of daily life in New Mexico, including the comical title story, about a bank holdup in Sante Fe that never was. Reprint. 20,000 first printing. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060937122
Book Description Harper Perennial, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060937122
Book Description Perennial /Harper & Row, New York, NY, 2001. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. First Edition, 4th Printing. BRAND NEW COPY. First published 1973 under the title "The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other Indian Country Affairs. Collection of true happenings in America Southwest, told as only as Tony Hillerman (1925 - 2008), author of detective stories and best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels, can. Bookseller Inventory # 013373
Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060937122
Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060937122