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  • Bibliography:
    26 Books
  • First Book:
    March 1970
  • Latest Book:
    November 2006
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Anthony Grove Hillerman was an American author of detective novels and nonfiction works best known for his mystery novels featuring Navajo Tribal Police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Several of his works have been adapted as theatrical and television movies.

Multi-Author Series List

A Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn Mystery

Chee's Witch (Dec-1999)
1 - The Blessing Way (Mar-1970)
2 - Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)
3 - Listening Woman (1978)
4 - People of Darkness (Sep-1980)
5 - The Dark Wind (Mar-1982)
6 - The Ghostway (Feb-1985)
7 - Skinwalkers (Nov-1986)
8 - A Thief of Time (Jun-1988)
9 - Talking God (Jun-1989)
10 - Coyote Waits (Oct-1990)
11 - Sacred Clowns (Oct-1993)
12 - The Fallen Man (Nov-1996)
13 - The First Eagle (Jul-1998)
14 - Hunting Badger (Nov-1999)
15 - The Wailing Wind (May-2002)
16 - The Sinister Pig (May-2003)
17 - Skeleton Man (Nov-2004)
18 - The Shape Shifter (Nov-2006)

Book List in Order: 26 titles

  • WOLF-WITCH MURDERS... High on the desolate mesa they found the body. The mouth was filled with sand ... No tracks, no clues. Every Navajo knew that nothing human killed like that. Lt. Joe Leaphorn and anthropologist Bergen McKee had stalked the...

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    Two young boys suddenly disappear. One of them, a Zuni, leaves a pool of blood behind. Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police tracks the brutal killer. Three things complicate the search: an archeological dig, a steel hypodermic needle, and the...

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    The state police and FBI are baffled when an old man and a teenage girl are brutally murdered. The blind Navajo Listening Woman speaks of ghosts and of witches. But Lieutenant Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police knows his people as well as he kno...

  • DEATH VISION... The old Indian was already dying when someone tried to murder him. A box stolen from a rich man's house was filled only with rocks--but that man's wife offered Sgt. Jim Chee $3,000 to get it back. Out in the Bad Country under th...

  • SNOW KILLS... The vast Indian-owned lands of the Southwest held mysteries the white man's logic could not solve. A dead man's boots left on a dusty trail. A bloody corpse with the palms and soles sliced off. A low-flying plane circling in the nigh...

  • A KILLING SPIRIT Old Joseph Joe witnessed the shoot-out between two strangers at the Shiprock Wash-O-Mat. One died. The other drove off into the dry lands of the Big Reservation. But not before he had given Old Joe a look at a Polaroid of the man ...

  • Three shotgun blasts explode into the trailer of Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. But Chee survives to join partner Lt. Joe Leaphorn in a frightening investigation that takes them into a dark world of ritual, witchcraft, and blood -- all...

  • A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlit Indian ruin where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground for profit. When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site, Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim ...

  • A grave robber and a corpse reunite Navajo Tribal Police Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee. As Leaphorn seeks the identity of a murder victim, Chee is arresting Smithsonian conservator Henry Highhawk for ransacking the sacred bones of his ancesto...

  • John Cotton was a fly on the wall--the perfect reporter, seeing it all, hearing it all, but never being noticed. His best friend wasn't so lucky. He saw and heard too much and the last time John saw him, he was lying dead outside the Capitol. But dea...

  • The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, a bullet did. Officer Jim Chee's good friend Del lies dead, and a whiskey-soaked Navajo shaman is found with the murder weapon. The old man is Ashie Pinto. He's quickly arrested for homici...

  • As readers of Tony Hillerman's detective novels know, he is a skilled interpreter of southwestern Indian cultures. In this book, first published in 1972, he recounts a Zuni myth first recorded a century ago by the anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cus...

  • AN ANCIENT TRUST IS BROKEN During a Tano kachin ceremony something in the antics of the dancing kosbare fills the air with tension. Moments later the clown is found brutally bludgeoned in the same manner that a reservation schoolteacher was killed...

  • THE SEARCH BEGINS One phone call in 1975 changes Moon Mathias's predictable life forever. His dead brother's baby daughter is waiting for him in Southeast Asia--a child Moon didn't know existed. Moon considers finding her in the aftermath of wa...

  • Edited by Tony Hillerman, the Southwest's foremost suspense writer, this first-ever collection of mystery stories set in the West contains 20 original entries by such luminary mystery writers as Marcia Muller, Susan Dunlap, and Robert Campbell....

  • Sprawled on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain for eleven years lies an unknown body, now only bones. At Canyon de Chelly, three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a sniper shoots an old canyon guide who had always walked that pol...

  • For the very first time in mass market paperback, here is a unique compilation about life in New Mexico by one of the nation's finest writers.

    Tony Hillerman, who knows the Southwest like no other contemporary writer; presents nine extraordinary, t...

  • When Acting Lt. Jim Chee catches a Hopi poacher huddled over a butchered Navajo Tribal police officer, he has an open-and-shut case--until his former boss, Joe Leaphorn, blows it wide open. Now retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Leaphorn has been...

  • Three men raid the gambling casino run by the Ute nation and then disappear into the maze of canyons on the Utah-Arizona border. When the FBI, with its helicopters and high-tech equipment, focuses on a wounded deputy sheriff as a possible suspect,...

  • Follow Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee as he investigates rumors of witchcraft in the steamy Southwest. Join Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan when she looks into a suspicious house fire in Baltimore. Compare the detecting tactics of Maxine O'Callaghan's pione...

  • Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup abandoned in a dry gulch off a dirt road, with a rich ex-con's phone number in his pocket . . . and a tobacco tin nearby filled with tracer gold. It's her initia...

  • The victim, well dressed but stripped of identification, is found at the edge of the vast Jicarilla Apache natural gas field just inside the jurisdiction of the Navajo Tribal Police, facing Sergeant Jim Chee with a complex puzzle. Why did the Was...

  • Former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn comes out of retirement to help investigate what seems to be a trading post robbery. A simple-minded kid nailed for the crime is the cousin of an old colleague of Sergeant Jim Chee. He needs help an...

  • Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band give a quirky southwestern retelling of a classic children's tale, with a much more satisfactory ending. Delightful illustrations by Navajo artist Ernest Franklin, who has been illustrating Tony Hillerman's Navajo police...

  • Retirement has never sat well with former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Now the ghosts of a still- unsolved case are returning to haunt him, reawakened by a photograph in a magazine spread of a one-of-a-kind Navajo rug, a priceless wo...

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    Enjoy the best of the Wild West in this outstanding collection of stories from Tony Hillerman to Max Brand. This new series includes Hillerman's "The Great Taos BankRobbery,"Max Brand's "Wine on the Desert," and Bret Harte's "The Ou tcast of Poker Fl...

Award-Winning Books by Tony Hillerman

Coyote Waits
1991 Nero Wolfe Award -- Novel
Dance Hall of the Dead
1974 Edgar Allan Poe Award -- Novel
The Mysterious West
1995 Anthony Award -- Short Stories/Collection
The Shape Shifter
2007 SPUR Award -- Short Novel
1987 SPUR Award -- Western Novel
1988 Anthony Award -- Novel
A Thief of Time
1989 Macavity Award -- Mystery Novel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Tony Hillerman has published 26 books.

Tony Hillerman does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, The Shape Shifter, was published in November 2006.

The first book by Tony Hillerman, The Blessing Way, was published in March 1970.

No. Tony Hillerman does not write books in series.