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People of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – May 26, 2009
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"Hillerman . . . is in a class by himself." -- -- Los Angeles Times
"Hillerman deserves to be included in any list of the best living mystery writers." -- -- Dallas Morning News
"Hillerman gets better with every book." -- -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Hillerman is an expert puzzle-maker." -- -- The Atlantic
"Hillerman is surely one of the finest and most original craftsmen at work in the genre today." -- -- The Boston Globe
"Hillerman's mysteries are unique in American crime fiction." -- -- Los Angeles Times
"Readers who have not discovered Hillerman should not waste one minute more." -- -- Oklahoma City Oklahoman
"The only mysteries I read are Hillerman's." -- -- Ursula K. Le Guin
"This series of Southwestern mysteries from Tony Hillerman is superb." -- -- Daily News
"Whatever your pleasure, you can't go wrong with this gifted, skillful and . . . unique writer." -- -- San Diego Union --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
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A bomb goes off in a hospital parking lot, apparently aimed at killing a man who is already dying of cancer, a box containing little of apparent value disappears from a rich man's house, and an oil well explosion thirty years back has some connection to these events. This is vintage Hillerman: a story than ranges over vast areas of time and space. The villain in "People of Darkness" is one of Hillerman's best: a cold professional with the vulnerability of a battered child.
Hillerman's strengths are authenticity and atmosphere. Elements of Navajo culture, religion, and folkways are woven into the fabric of his novels. His landscapes are harsh and spectacular. Nature is magnificent, but also menacing. In this exotic setting, the supernatural seems almost possible and little chilly fingers tickle your spine. If you are an urbanite, you may not like Hillerman; but if you are drawn to big, blank spots on the map you will likely love him. Not the least of his accomplishments is that he has probably taught more people about the Navajo -- and generated more interest in Navajo culture -- than any other writer.
THE PEOPLE OF DARKNESS introduces Jim Chee, a young reservation law enforcement officer who struggles to find balance between the traditional ways of the Navajo and the cultural incursions of the white man. In this particular novel, Chee is summoned by a wealthy woman to investigate a theft; the circumstances are, however, extremely unusual--and as he slowly peels through the various layers of deception Chee finds himself tracking members of a cult-like religion with ties to a tragic accident more than three decades in the past.
This is one of the better Hillerman novels. As always, the author is extremely respectful of native American tradition, and he paints a fascinating portrait of traditional beliefs and patterns of behavior. Unlike such novels as THE BLESSING WAY and LISTENING WOMAN, the plot is tightly constructed and winds back upon itself in such a way that one can honestly consider it a mystery novel--something that cannot always be said for a Hillerman work. Well written, PEOPLE OF DARKNESS is a fast and entertaining read. Recommended.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery with a fascinating setting in the southwest. There's much depth to the descriptions of the environment and the history and culture of the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
A must-have book to read. Tony Hillerman is a master story teller. Great way to get into mysteriesPublished 2 months ago by Trisha
Twists and turns as usual laced with scary moments, a wayward sheriff and a tale of wealth, corruption, dual identities and disturbed yet stealthy hit man who just won't quit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian M. Murphy
I love all tony hillerman stories, when I was a kid we lived in Wyoming, my Grandma made me war bonnets out of turkey feathers!!Published 2 months ago by Bryan Richards