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Tony Hillerman

Born: 1925-05-27 - Died: 2008-10-26
Cause of Death:
Pulmonary Failure

Death Summary: Tony Hillerman’s health had been in decline for the past few years. He had lived through two heart attacks and surgeries for prostate and bladder cancer.

Hillerman died at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque at about 3 p.m. of pulmonary failure.

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

Who was Tony Hillerman : Hillerman was an author of detective novels most notably being his Navajo Tribal Police mystery series.

All of his novels are set in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona.

Hillerman is credited for creating the beloved characters Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Below is a list of his Leaphorn & Chee books…

1. The Blessing Way (1970)
2. Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)
3. Listening Woman (1978)
4. People Of Darkness (1980)
5. The Dark Wind (1982)
6. The Ghostway (1984)
7. Skinwalkers (1986)
8. A Thief of Time (1988)
9. Talking God (1989)
10. Coyote Waits (1990)
11. Sacred Clowns (1993)
12. The Fallen Man (1996)
13. The First Eagle (1998)
14. Hunting Badger (1999)
15. The Wailing Wind (2002)
16. The Sinister Pig (2003)
17. Skeleton Man (2004)
18. The Shape Shifter (2006)
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8 Signatures in Tony Hillerman's guestbook

  1. Kenneth Lee Says:

    Thank You for your work sir, and I hope it gave you as much pleasure as it did to my wife and I.
    We will be visiting the 4 corners this spring.
    I will look for your spirit.

  2. Brandy D. Ramos Says:

    Thank you for sharing your gift. I read all your book and enjoyed them. You will be sadly missed.

  3. rap girl 2009 Says:

    i miss tony hillerman

  4. Dave Stonebull Says:

    Tony, your stories have always been a joy for me to read, it is sad that there will be no more to read from you. May your Relations Welcome You with Happy Hearts and Open Arms. Pilamaya Yelo.

  5. Judy Cooper Says:

    I loved Tony Hillerman, Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and all their friends and family. Leaphorn and Chee were absolutely real to me. When I read these books I felt like I was with friends. We will never know the fates of Leaphorn and Chee, but I am rereading all their stories. I will probably do it again and again. I thinK Hillerman left no chindi behind. It is obvious that he was a very good man.

  6. Sissy Says:

    My father and I will miss you. Some of my favorite memories is being on the road with him listen to all of these stories.

  7. Eddie Says:

    Love what u did for the Navajo culture I’ll miss you

  8. Ken Shields Says:

    In the past few months I have devoured all of the books in our local library that I could find by Mr. Hillerman. I really loved these stories and the characters in them. I discovered that Mr. Hillerman had passed away several years ago, and I was devastated when I realized there would be no more Leaphorn or Chee stories. I came to his stories late, but I’m glad I had a chance to read them. I know that no one could write these stories like he did, but I sure wish someone would try.

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