Monday, October 27, 2008

Tony Hillerman: R. I. P. (and thanks)

Word from The Rap Sheet that Tony Hillerman passed away yesterday. My mother read almost all of his books so I always knew who he was. I have only read one of his novels but enjoyed it. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the three films made in conjunction with the PBS "Mystery" series. Adam Beach stars as Chee and the incredible Wes Studi is Leaphorn. These adaptations nailed Hillerman's New Mexico, the characters, and what it meant to try and preserve native traditions in the modern world. I only wish there were more of them.

Like I'm going to wish there were more Hillerman books. But, good for me, I have almost his entire collection awaiting me. Sure am going to miss his presence, though, especially with respect to the American southwest.


David Cranmer said...

I mentioned over on Crider's blog that this has been a very sad week of losing some incredible talent. I have not read a lot of Hillerman but I know quite a few people who are card carrying fans.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I've read more Hillerman than most any writer still working today and always enjoyed the mystery, the setting, the people. He will be missed.